Maryland Flag DIY Table



Maryland Flag Tire cover

You never know where you’ll find your inspiration.  This time my inspiration was from a neighbor’s tire cover.  OK, this is not my neighbor’s tire. When I went to photograph their car it wasn’t there, so I had to resort to the internet.  You’ll have to trust me, I do have a neighbor with a tire.

What this is an image of is the Maryland state flag, and with my youngest son heading off to the University of Maryland in the fall I’m thinking project.  Wall art?  Pallets? Storage?…Tabletop!!

 

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If you look up jeep covers you can find tons of images.  These are all from All Things Jeep.  If you don’t need a Maryland flag, they have MLB, NHL, and NFL teams.  They have collegiate logos and lots more to inspire you.  I’m seeing Man Cave!

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

For this project you will need pallet wood, legs (mine are a flea market stool) and a glass tabletop if desired.

I found my stool at a flea market for $5 over the weekend.  The glass tabletop was from the salvage yard.

If you have a turkey fryer you could  use those legs as well.

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Grab your image, transfer it to your favorite publishing software and enlarge it to your desired table size.  If you follow me, then you know that my software of choice is Microsoft Publisher.  With Publisher I can enlarge my image to absolutely any size.  This flag is a 24″ circle.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Print out your image and tape back together.  This will be your full sized pattern.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Gather your pallet wood.  The pallet wood can be different widths but should  all  be the same thickness.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Once your pallet wood is gathered, use your pattern to trace an outline of the image.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Use a jigsaw or scroll saw to cut out your table top.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

I’m using my leftover pallet wood scraps as supports for the back of the table attached with a PORTER CABLE Finish Nailer.

I did end up filling in the rest of the back with even more pallet wood because I could see the edges on the final product but these cross braces were enough to hold the pallet wood together so I could start painting.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Before starting to paint, sand down all the rough edges.

I’m painting the background colors of my flag.  These are the lightest colors of the flag, easily covered up by the darker colors.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

If you don’t have transfer paper (which I never seem to have) scribble on the back of your pattern with pencil or chalk.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Use a pen to trace over the lines of your pattern, transferring the detail to the table.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Use the pattern as your guide to fill in your flag.  If you like bright colors, then your flag is done.  Seal it with clear wax.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

To get that vintage, I left my flag out in the rain look…sand all the edges and some of the painted areas with a sander.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Finish with vintage wax.  It’s up to you how dark a wax layer you want.  

For a less vintage wax look, start with clear wax and add the vintage wax sparingly.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Finish your stool  (table legs) as desired.  Mine is painted with black chalk paint.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Screw the stool onto the tabletop.
Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Attach more pallet wood to the lower spindles of the stool for an additional shelf.

I liked the aging of the pallet wood on that lower shelf so I ended up finishing it with a clear wax.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

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Here is the table without the glass top.  A little rougher but still really cute.  The table actually photographs a little better without the glare of the glass.

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Maryland Flag Pallet Wood Side Table

Find your inspiration, even if it is just a tire cover.  Have a great week.

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9 Comments

  • What a cool little table! I have a couple stools like this. One I grabbed out of the trash the other was from Goodwill but I haven’t done anything with them yet, but I was just thinking stools. I love this idea, and I even recently got some pallets. Now I know what I’m hoi ng to do with one of them. Thanks for the inspiration, pinning and sharing!

  • What a great idea! Love the vintage look, too. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • La Verne says:

    Wow Joan, thanks for the tutorial. My sister lives in Woodstock Maryland , loves the flag, and now I see a Christmas present in her future!

  • Ann Davis says:

    It turned out fantastic!! Who would’ve thought that the stool could grow up to be a table? Only you!

  • Anne F says:

    Very nice table!!! I grew up in Bethesda, and I remember on one occasion my teacher wanted us all to draw the state flag. All I can say, as a child, drawing the Maryland flag is not an easy task!

    • Joan says:

      I never appreciated how easy our flag is compared to some other state flags…and it’s also easier when you trace the pattern.

  • Pam says:

    I love that little table. Turned out really cute. Not sure I would want a flag painted on mine but you did a wonderful job with it.