The American Flag painted on an old gate

I stumbled upon this gate at a yard sale while out for a walk in Doylestown PA. It’s always fun to find the hidden yard sales unexpectedly, because that’s where you find the best stuff.

This gate was one of those treasures, it had a giant P on it with the old hardware hook n’ eye. I removed the black ‘hinges’ because they were plastic and only one. It’s a shame the original hinges were gone, but I like the shadow of them still being there.

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An old gate with a faded original  letter P on it

You can tell the gate was originally a red color and very faded, but I liked the weathered look of it. My last name doesn’t start with a P, so I had to sand some of it off but without removing too much of the true weathered look.

Being All American

Behold the American Flag! Great idea, right? I used acrylic paint and chalk paint I had handy, and it’s lasted a long time outside even without putting on any top coat. This will fade naturally and I can always touch it up.

Old gate hanging with hand painted American Flag

We hung this proudly on our carriage house. It really is a large gate, but on our big barn, it looks small. I’m happy it screams pride. I’ve even had people slow down and look at it. That validated my symbolic artwork for this fabulous gate and barn.

Some products used for this project:

  • Bosch rotary palm sander
  • Tack cloths help great with cleaning dust and dirt after sanding
  • Chalk Paint, a sample of what you could use
A big red barn with the gate American Flag painted on it
Excuse the weeds among the day lilies, I’m busy painting!

Happy Independence to us all!

Do it with purpose!

Wendy 🌸

“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares!” -Saul Bass