Guest Post: Gail from My Repurposed Life


Hello there! I’m happy to be here to do a guest post for Allison as she is taking some time off to spend with that precious little angel! Congrats Allison, I sure hope you’re enjoying this special time!

I’m Gail from My Repurposed Life.  It’s a pleasure to meet A Glimpse Inside friends!  My Repurposed Life is your daily does of inspiration, tutorials and giveaways.  Learn  to DIY on a budget by transforming secondhand finds. 

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (25)Today, I’m going to show you how to make this Americana Flag from an old privacy fence I reclaimed. 

100_9299My friend was going to take this fence down and asked if I wanted it.  Of course I did, I rarely turn down free stuff!

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (2)I chose some great pieces for this project.  I measured and marked the pieces at 36 inches.


Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (3)I cut my fence boards on my compound miter saw. However you could use a handsaw or a jigsaw.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (5)I gathered my paint and tools. I used Folk Art by Plaid.  I love these cheap “chip” brushes for quick paint projects where you don’t want full coverage. 

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (7)I laid my boards out.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (8)Using the Folk Art paint and a little water, I used the chip brush to apply the watered down paint . . . . 

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (9). . . to every other board.  You’ll notice that some of the boards are very faded, and almost white, those are the ones I decided to use for the white stripe.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (10)Watering the paint down allows it to soak into the boards, for a more weathered look.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (11)I did the same thing with the white paint.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (12)I measure the height of the flag to get the support boards.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (14)I cut three more pieces of the old fence for the back of the flag.  Because this fence is aged already, I drill a pilot hole so the screws won’t split the boards.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (15) I drilled the screws into each and every board.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (16)You can see I spaced the three brace boards out on the back of the flag.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (17)I made my blue portion of the flag 12×12.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (18)I used the same technique, using the paint watered down, applying it with the chip brush.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (19)I located a pattern online for a large star.  I printed it out, then cut it out with scissors.  If you don’t have a printer, you can actually lay a piece of paper right on your computer monitor and  carefully trace it with a pencil.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (20)I used the watered down white paint, and the chip brush to “stencil” the star onto the blue paint.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (23)Voila!  One great Americana Flag!

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (26)I drilled two small holes in the top and threaded some wire through, and then curled the ends to hold the wire onto the flag.

Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (28)I hope you liked this quick tutorial.  My Repurposed Life is all about tutorials.  I do a full tutorial on each and every project I show on My Repurposed Life. 

project collageHere are a few of the items I have repurposed.  Headboard Bench, Bushel and a Peck sign, Guitar Clock, Toy Box, Magazine Rack.
If you see something you like, hop on over to check it out.  I love making new friends! Want to know more about My Repurposed Life, you can join the conversation on Facebook.

Thank you Allison for letting me guest post today!  I hope you all have a very safe and fun 4th of July next week.  You have just enough time to make your own flag!  
That looks fabulous Gail! 
Thanks for sharing!  


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  • gail@My Repurposed Life
    June 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I put this flag in my booth, and it's already gone. I donated it to a local cause for a silent auction. 🙂
    Thanks again Allison for having me over!

  • I Play Outside The Box
    June 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I love this piece of art!!!! Gail is such a talented lady!!! Off to check out your blog and other guest posts!

    • gail@My Repurposed Life
      June 28, 2012 at 2:27 am

      thanks so much! I can always count on you to brighten my day with a sweet comment!


  • Toqua's Crafts
    June 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Beautiful Gail… as usual!

    • gail@My Repurposed Life
      June 28, 2012 at 2:27 am

      Just as I told Doris… I can always count on you guys. You're so sweet!

  • lauren @ West Furniture Revival
    June 28, 2012 at 2:46 am

    love the flag post! It turned out wonderful, great repurposing!