Look out, Picasso, someone's learning to paint!
When we began renovating the back patio and yard, we noticed the picnic table had its best days behind it. This table hosted decades of summer dinners, lobster races, and conversations. But the look and the shaky legs meant it was time to move on.
We didn’t throw the table out, though. We needed to get rid of the seats and the legs. But we kept the tabletop, all six feet of heavy, peeling, warping wood. Then, it sat in the basement for a long while. Recently, though, a cloudy day left us hanging around. Scouting for something to do, we rediscovered this table.
We decided to turn it into an American flag. Being in Massachusetts, it seemed nice to go with an original colonial style, with the 13 stars. And, being on Cape Cod, it seemed interesting to use starfish instead of regular stars.
This mostly turned into a one-day project with a few keys:
The table was red. We decided to maintain the original paint, with some peeling that reinforced the age and reminded us of the original function of the table top. This also led to a quicker project. Otherwise, we’d have needed a second day to let the white paint to dry overnight and then to paint the red stripes.
We still allowed time overnight for the paint to fully dry before hanging it. The next day we measured and centered the flag on an otherwise-empty wall on our outdoor shower, screwing from the inside of the shower to leave the flag unblemished.
We were really happy with the artwork; with repurposing something otherwise destined for the demolition bin at the town dump; and with bonding over our shared and easy project.
It also left us wondering about what else we have kicking around the house that could be converted to one-of-a-kind artwork, and serve as a sign that we’re enjoying the good life – what about you?
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Foster your inner artist.
There are projects you can do that don't require years of practice or lots of skill. These can also be a fun way to spend time, either by yourself or as a group effort.