Trash to Treasure – American Flag Wall Art from a Broken Table with Cane Webbing

Trash to Treasure – American Flag Wall Art from a Broken Table with Cane Webbing

This, my friends, is an absolute first for me- truly a case of trash to treasure – or, as I like to say: “Junkernecking”! 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 the road, I spied a broken table / cane furniture on the side of the road.

Broken table on the side of the road for trash to treasure as American flag wall art by Sadie Seasongoods

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 broken table.

Despite broken legs and a missing top, the cane webbing was in perfect condition. So, like good citizens, we loaded up some of the litter, with hopes of a project that was trash to treasure! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Picking up the cane furniture or broken table from the side of the road for upcycling ideas as rustic wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods



Trash to Treasure from a Broken Table

The next day, I dismantled the cane webbing from the rest of the broken table. But I quickly realized that the tightness of the cane was warping the frame without the legs attached.

It’s not easily visible in the photo but it was starting to twist and warp before my eyes.

Cane webbing on a broken table that will be used as trash to treasure and upcycling ideas by Sadie Seasongoods

It very clearly needed to be stabilized. So, I turned it over and screwed in mending plates at each joint.

Fixing a broken table with cane webbing before upcycling it as American flag wall art by Sadie Seasongoods

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.

After cleaning it up, I grabbed some spray chalk paint in white and gave the entire thing a fresh makeover. Because it was already scratched up from being on the roadside, I didn’t sand it first.

Spray chalk paint on a broken table to be upcycled as rustic wall decor or American flag wall art by Sadie Seasongoods

Transforming a Broken Table with Cane Webbing into American Flag Wall Art

After the paint dried, I distressed it along the edges to give it some contrast and buffed it down with wax.

Distressing the spray chalk paint on a broken table and cane webbing as trash to treasure by Sadie Seasongoods

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.

I pulled out some graph paper, counted out the grid on the cane furniture / broken table, and replicated on the paper. Then, I used colored pencils to create an American flag pattern!

Cross stitch pattern for American flag wall art on cane webbing for trash to treasure and upcycling idea by Sadie Seasongoods

I already had red and blue yarn, so I went to town on the cane webbing to bring my American flag design to life. I used a little painter’s tape on the end of my yarn to make it easier to insert the yarn through the pressed cane.

First, I worked on the red stripes…

American flag wall art on cane webbing from a broken table with cross stitch using yarn by Sadie Seasongoods

Because I used “normal” yarn and not thick or chunky yarn, I did a triple cross stitch across the cane webbing. Yes, that slowed down the process, but to me, it was worth it!

Cross stitch with yarn on cane furniture to create the rustic wall decor as trash to treasure by Sadie Seasongoods

Ready to see how the trash to treasure / American flag wall art from a broken table turned out?

Trash to Treasure – American Flag Wall Art on Cane Webbing

My cross stitch pattern worked like a charm and before I knew it, my American flag design was complete!

Rustic wall decor or American flag wall art on cane furniture or broken table from the side of the road by Sadie Seasongoods

Isn’t that so cool? Hard to believe it started out as a broken table on the side of the highway – talk about being at the right place at the right time. Now I have rustic wall decor that I can use for the patriotic summer holidays or really, all year long.

Trash to treasure and American flag wall art that started as broken table or cane furniture on the side of the road by Sadie Seasongoods

And if you’ve ever wondered where the word “junkernecking” came from, I created it as a meme to share on my Facebook page!

Junkernecking - a form of rubbernecking used to determine if roadside junk is trash or treasure by Sadie Seasongoods

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for rustic wall decor, then you’ll love my take on vintage metal signs using a cabinet door!

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  1. Margaret Fretwell says

    What a fabulous idea!

  2. pamela y creadick says

    Ok that is really creative and thinking outside the box!

  3. What a great idea! It would have taken me forever to figure out what to do with it, but you did great with it! Where you gonna put it?

  4. Love this idea and a perfect repurpose of a roadside find!

  5. Awesome!

  6. How fun! I haven’t done cross-stitch in decades, let alone on a piece of roadside “treasure”! Visiting from Vintage Charm.

  7. flamingotoes says

    Oh Sarah I love it!! It is so darling and what a fun way to give that old table new life. Yay for saving furniture!! 🙂 Now I need to hunt up an old table or something – doing a cross-stitch flag is genius!!

  8. So clever, and fortunate that it has just the right number of rows!

  9. I love it! I’ve been wanting to try over sized cross stitch too, I’m on the hunt for a cane piece to use!


  10. Very, very nice. I love how you recreated the old table and make a piece of artwork. And you are so right a flag is just right for this time of year.

  11. Awesome job! I love what you created from what most would toss away.

  12. What a creative and adorable repurpose for this piece!

  13. Cute idea Sarah! You amaze me every week 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned to share.

  14. Omgosh, this is so adorable! I can’t believe you saw this on the road and came up with such an amazing project. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday this week!

  15. That is such a wonderfully creative idea, I wish I had your brain power. I wouldn’t thought of that! lol Thanks for joining the DI & DI Link Party, love seeing your posts!

  16. I wouldn’t have seen this coming! How clever! Thanks for sharing with us at the Throwback Thursday Link party!


  17. Very creative! I am so amazed of your continued creativity! I will try to see more possibilities in those roadside finds in the future. I have pinned this one to my Fourth of July board. Thank you so much for sharing over at the Celebrate Your Story! link party.

  18. Sarah, this is such a cool repurpose!! How nice that you were able to salvage part of the chair! It looks great as a flag!

  19. sherrygcole says

    This is such a creative idea! I love it!


  21. Thank you for being a good citizen and rescuing that table!

  22. This is awesome. Great job.

  23. Wow – what a great idea!! I always see those chair bottoms thrown, and now I can make them into something amazing!! Love it!!

  24. I just ADORE this…trash to treasure are my favs!! I’ve chosen your post as one of this week’s Friday Favorites, swing by and say hi!!

  25. Awesome! I totally love it, fun cane chair.
    I pinned it. Thanks for sharing.


  26. It’s like this was just waiting for you to transform it 🙂 And what a perfect decoration for Memorial Day & July 4th.

  27. This is incredible! You did a fabulous job of bringing that roadside rubble to life. Thanks for linking your project up with us at the Creative Circle <3

  28. Oh gosh…what a cute idea! 🙂 Love it!

    I’d love for you to share it with my Recipe and Crafts Facebook Group:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  29. So beautiful! Just in time for Memorial day too!

    Thanks for linking up with Welcome Home Wednesdays! Live every Wednesday at 7AM EST.

    liz @ j for joiner

  30. This is so awesome & such a creative cross stitch project! Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark last week; your project was our most-clicked! Hope you’ll come by this week and link up again 🙂

  31. Had to pin this!! You come up with some of the best ideas! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  32. This is a cool project, love the way it turned out. Thanks for joining the Family Joy link party!

  33. That is so creative. Thanks for sharing at

  34. And you even sketched it out, my shero!!! I thought of you yesterday while at the thrift store. I picked up an old wooden bread box. It was $4 and in very good shape. I kept thinking, “what would Sarah do with this?” I’m kicking myself now because I put it back. I knew I wouldn’t repaint it nor do I have room to store it. Darn it!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, Sandra!! I bought an old bread box, too, but I’ll be giving it to my mother-in-law for their cabin. LOL- it’s fun to thrift & junk knowing you can fulfill your treasure-hunting desires and hand off to other people, LOL!

  35. Most original idea I’ve seen in blog land in a long time. Adorable

  36. Great project… such a good idea and it looks wonderful! 🙂

  37. Wow- that is really thinking outside the box- brilliant!

  38. A very clever repurpose!! Love it!!

  39. How cool! I would have never thought about using cane as an oversized cross stitch grid.

  40. WOW! Just goes to show you’re only limited by your imagination! Super work!!!

  41. What a cute idea, I am not quite that cutesy, but it would look good painted a color to match your decor, finish off the back and use it as a centerpiece for a table or even put it on a patio table, maybe a lazy susan put on the back for turntable condiments

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      So many potential ideas, right?? Thankfully, there are lots of cutesy people out there as my flag sold within minutes of my post going live! 🙂


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