Union Jack Painted Trunk {tutorial plus before & after}


I finally tackled this trunk that has been sitting in my garage since our July 4th trip to Lake Eufaula.  I had been waiting for it to talk to me, because sometimes a piece of furniture just speaks to you, and this one just hadn’t picked up the phone to tell me what to do with it. 

I just woke up one morning last week and the first thing on my mind was Union Jack… The process seemed a little intimidating because I couldn’t find any detailed instructions on any other blogs.  I will do my best to explain my process to you, but once you tackle this project, it’s not as hard as it seems, I promise!

1.  I cleaned the entire chest, inside and out, with Simple Green.

2.  I painted one coat of Simply White inside and out as well.

3.  I had printed out several pictures of Union Jack painted pieces and I also printed out this instructional article on How To Draw a Union Jack.   I taped off the design with Frog Tape.  It’s my personal fave.

Photo Source: Inspired By You

Here she is… All taped up and ready to be refunked!


  4. I used Maine Harbor Blue, and then a $3.00 sample of Behr from Home Depot for the Red, since CeCe’s new red paint colors won’t be debuting until late April.  I just had to paint one coat of the Maine Harbor Blue, but 2 coats of the Red.

I was done with this project in one day.  I usually wait a day to peel off the tape, but I was so excited I had to peel it off before I went to bed. 

Here is the finished piece!  I love her so! I put her in the store on Friday and I don’t think it has sold yet.  I thought it would fly off the shelf, but I realize that this bold piece isn’t for everyone.  It would make a great coffee table with storage inside or at the foot of the bed in a boy’s room.


I always tell myself if something doesn’t sell, then I will just keep it!  But it always sells so I never get to!  What do you think?  Is it too bold for the average family? 


  1. says

    Great job,you made it look pretty easy to do.I painted a foot locker then tackled a large dresser with the same Union jack.You are right it is pretty bold and not for everyone,the dresser sold in two weeks and it took 10 months for the locker.I loved painting them and felt the same excitement in removing the tape to finish as you.Thanks for sharing your talent,best of luck to you,TommyT

      • Suella says

        You may find that people of British descent will be particularly interested in this item. Especially if the interior is nice.

    • says

      Hi Donna,Thanks for a wonderful worohskp in Battle Creek. Great information. I feel like I have found new freedom in painting! I can paint outside of the box now not sure what was stopping me before. Anyway, I have a lot of work to do now and many ideas. Thanks! Jan

  2. says

    This looks so fantastic! I love Cece Caldwell’s and write about them for the Western Region of the U.S. I was planning on trying my hand with the Union Jack using CeCe paints. Dang, you beat me to it! I love it though and will definitely pin this and try it myself.

    I have a linky party all weekend, I would love if you stopped by to share this. I would love to share it with my readers. Thanks! -K