Oh Canada how I love you! I am blessed to live in such a beautiful country; the people, the culture, the scenery. It is all breathtaking. Muskoka is a cottage destination and we are fortunate to live here. Although the summers don’t ever last long enough it is definite motivation to make the most of each summer day.
I LOVE summer! My inside chores, projects, and dinner duties all too often get neglected during this gloriously warm season. Instead we opt for extended stays down at the cabin (swimming in the river and sunning on the dock), jumping on the trampoline, biking (my 4 year old just learned to ride a two wheeler and she can’t get enough of it!), campfires, and yard work. That last one we have lots of! We bought a fixer upper and the yard was mostly felled trees the guy never cleaned up. The yard still has lots of work but we now have a yard, so that says a lot! Currently we are working on our side deck which will hopefully be complete in the next couple of weeks!
As mentioned earlier, the return of summer ignites our daily visits down to the river. We live on 5 acres and at the bottom of our property we have a cabin and dock which has become our very own vacation spot right in our backyard. Last year my husband worked tirelessly to get the cabin into the condition in which we could sleep in it. Although it is ‘sleepable’, we still have lots of finishing work.
First I primed the whole piece of metal with BIN primer. It is specifically made for blocking rust and stains from bleeding through the paint. I used painter’s tape to mark out the middle white part of the flag. A sample can of Behr paint from Home Depot was more than enough for this project. The red was the same colour I used in the boys room for their flag and it is called January Garnet by Behr. The colour that shows up on Pinterest when you type it in does not do the colour justice at all!
Out of all the pictures of the red, the one above is most accurate of what the January Garnet colour looks like in reality. I used Simple White by BM for the white. I then printed off a flag template that I liked and found on Google. I used tracer paper that I bought at Michaels. It is fairly pricey at $10 for a few sheets of paper, but you can use them many times. I have only had to buy one package and it has lasted me over 20 projects! After I traced the leaf on the metal I carefully outlined the leaf with the red paint and a fine paint brush. Then I filled the leaf in. I did three coats of paint. The leaf looks textured as I did that part in the hot sun so the paint was drying too quickly. I liked the way it was turning out as it reminded me of a real maple leaf, but for the sides I made sure to use a bigger paintbrush and did it in cooler temperatures for a nice smooth finish. I finished it off with a Polyacrylic top coat to help protect it from the elements as this flag will proudly hang on the outside of our cabin wall!
I can’t wait to show you the flag on the wall of the cabin, but alas that will have to be another post as the cabin is still undergoing construction and tidy up!
With Canada Day coming up on July 1st I thought this post would be a great way to reflect and thank God for this beautiful country! I would love to here about some DIY projects you have done that pay homage to our great nation or how you plan to celebrate our nations birthday?!