In a year that enjoyed a royal wedding and a relatively successful appearance at the football World Cup, I have found myself feeling mildly patriotic, perhaps, dare I say, even proud to be British!

The shops have been full of red white and blue; motorists have adorned their cars with England flags; and raucous voices on the radio have claimed in no uncertain terms “its coming home”!

So, with this as the soundtrack to the Summer of 2018, I couldn’t help but let it influence my design for this pine shelf unit.

With a stock of red, white, and blue Annie Sloan chalk paints™ to the ready I set about converting this rather conventional pine shelf to a piece of statement furniture.

I have to say that the preparation was the most time consuming part as I applied different widths of clean edge masking tape to create the pattern.

Once the red and blue were applied, and completely dry, I set about masking these so that I could apply the white.

By now it had taken on the persona of a British Airways aircraft, more specifically Concorde’s tail-fin livery!

The next step was to paint the support brackets and to finish with a soft wax to protect the colourful surface.

On this occasion I chose to use a soft white wax to tone down the colours. The end result was that of a washed out denim appearance not dissimilar to that of a Bruce Springsteen album cover.

The final step was to add some of my hand crafted accessories to provide a truly patriotic scheme.  

For these, and more Langdon Hyde Design upcyclyed and repurposed objects, visit The Albury Produce Show this coming weekend. It runs from 2-5pm on Saturday 21st July at Albury Heath in Surrey. Here you will find an array of stalls, refreshments and challenges, as well as the show’s prize winning produce marquee. Fun for all the family in a fantastic location.