This, my friends, is an absolute first for me- truly a case of trash to treasure…
There we were…just getting started on a Saturday road trip- the sun was rising, the dew was fresh, and we were in search of treasures and fun and adventure.
As we merged onto a blissfully open road, we spied a pile of rubble to the side of the on-ramp. Literally- right there in the curving shoulder next to I-385.
At best guess, someone had taken the ramp too quickly…or had to brake/accelerate unexpectedly, and some of their furniture must have toppled out the back. Rain had soaked the upholstered piece, but all I could look at was the cane table- and the fact that despite broken legs and a missing top, the cane was in perfect condition. So, like good citizens, we loaded up the road litter! Well, some of it, at least. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
The next day, I dismantled the framed cane from the rest of the broken table. But I quickly realized that the tightness of the cane was warping the frame- albeit, hard to see in the photo.
But trust me, it needed to be stabilized. So, we screwed in mending plates at each joint which fixed it perfectly!
I knew from the start (even standing on the side of the highway) I was going to turn it into an oversized cross-stitch…though the design was a big question mark. But with Memorial Day and July 4th on my mind, AND the rectangular shape staring back at me, an idea began to form.
First, I needed to clean it up and then paint it chalky white– hurray for Rust-oleum!
After the paint dried, I distressed it along the edges to give it some contrast and buffed it down with wax.
Then came the scary part- designing my own cross stitch pattern. The last time I did oversized cross stitch, I teamed up with Flamingo Toes! But this time, I was going at it solo and channeled my inner Bev.
I already had red and blue yarn, so I went to town on my cane table piece, bringing my flag design to life. (And I always use a little painter’s tape on the end of my yarn when doing cross-stitch like this). First, I worked on the red stripes…
And then, I added the blue! Ta-da, an oversized cross stitch flag was born!
Just as I had hope, the white background works perfectly as the white strips and stars of the American flag- whew! It’s even lovelier in person and a nice, impressive size- where to put it? Maybe a red, white, and blue mantel is in order for the summer…
Hard to believe it came from roadside rubble! I think I’ll enjoy re-telling the tale of this piece again and again.