Hail To The Whale!

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Here is my latest DIY project- an Americana Whale Sign created from an old cabinet door. The original door was creamy white, or so we thought. Until a thorough sanding revealed this beautiful teal paint (with a hint of country red) underneath! The perfect color palette for my American flag whale. You can find the full details and instructions on the blog! https://countrydesignhome.com/2017/03/22/hail-to-the-whale/
This guy! So happy in his new coat of American Flag colors!
The original cabinet door was plain creamy white, but it had a beveled edge which created the perfect frame for the artwork.
Once the frame was sanded to reveal the teal and red, I left that alone to show off all its former glory. Then I painted the inside black to add contrast to the whale.
First, I stenciled on the white whale back ground, then added the taping to create the red stripes.
Then I added the field of stars- those I cut out with my Cricut machine- do you have one of those?? It Is amazing! That little square would have taken me forever to cut myself, and I surely would have ended up in the ER because I cut myself! The Cricut took about 10 minutes, tops, to create and cut the stencil.
Here is my Cricut Explore Air. I got it on sale at Joann.com. I LOVE this thing! If you do any kind of crafts with just about any material- whether its stenciling, scrap booking, sign-making- you need this machine!
Once the whale was complete, I added some stars to the corners. Note where I left the faint outline of the old hardware- another way to give your piece some rustic character.
Finally, I used a topcoat of General Finishes Flat Out Flat. This is my go-to finish for anything that I want to have a velvety, low glow finish. When you apply it, the milky white streaks are a bit off-putting, but once it dries, its perfect!
The finished American Whale hanging by my back door. So colorful and welcoming! For the full info, please visit my blog @ CountryDesignHome. Thanks for reading!
Suggested materials:
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
  • Behr Paints   (Home Depot)
  • General Finishes Flat Out Flat Topcoat
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