Step 1: Choose Your Countries
We chose Japan, Spain, France and Ireland! The boys picked based on favorite places we’ve been and included one (Ireland) from our list of must sees! I considered hand painting each flag, but decided that might be more work than I have time for right now, so decided to try printing the flags and using Mod Podge to adhere and seal them to the chair seats. I printed test flags and spent some time moving them around before we decided on the four finalists and their placement.
Step 2: Gather Your Supplies!
I had quite bit of chalk paint leftover after painting the Union Jack table, so it made sense to stick with the same colors, Napoleonic Blue and Emperor Silk Red for the chairs. If you’re not familiar with chalk paint its easy to use, versatile, requires almost no prep, and dries very quickly.
Supplies: Blue Dawn, chalk paint, chalk paint brushes, lintless shop towels, microfiber cloths or an old t-shirt, blue painters tape, paint stir sticks, razor blades, drop cloth, ruler, scissors, clear wax or polyurethane (your choice), mod podge (I used matte, but Mod Podge also comes in other finishes), kraft paper, text weight paper.
Step 3: Choose & Prepare Your Work Area
Step 4: Let’s Get To Work!
Before you start painting it’s a good idea to give your chairs a quick wash with Blue Dawn and then rinse with water. Use your microfiber cloths to give them a good drying off and if there are any rough edges you might want to sand them lightly. Now you’re ready!
I applied three coats of paint with 30 minutes drying time between each layer and then left it to completely dry overnight. I repeated this process for each chair.
STEP 5: Applying The Flags!
While you are waiting for your chairs to dry you can print out and prepare your flags. Because I wanted the flags to appear as part of the chair rather than as though they were floating on top I used text weight paper. Use your printers “best” setting to ensure your colors are rich looking. Take your time trimming them out as you don’t want any white to show when you apply them.
STEP : THE FINISHING TOUCHES!
Although I applied the chalk paint and Mod Podge indoors, polyurethane must be applied outside. We picked an open area in the yard, away from the driveway or anything else that might catch some of the overspray. Before getting started we used a microfiber cloth to wipe away any dust and then applied the first coat of sealant. In total we applied two coats of the polyurethane allowing two hours set time in between each coat.