Adirondack Footstool and Easy Peasy Sign for Canada Day

Several weeks ago when participating in a curated collection of red, white, blue, and patriotic DIY projects, I came to the surprising realization that I have not one patriotic project post on the blog. That ends today, thanks to a Canadian Flag Stencil, and two quick and easy Canada Day decor ideas.

The first one is a Canadian Maple Leaf Adirondack Footstool and the second an Easy Peasy Canada Day Sign.

Canada Day Adirondack Footstool and DIY Flag

Canada Day Adirondack Footstool And Sign

You may want to grab a beverage, it's a long post with lots of photos. 😊

Easy Canada Day Sign and Adirondack Footstool

Thanks to the folks at Stencil Revolution these two projects were so easy to make using their awesome Canadian Flag stencil. It comes in multiple sizes from 5" x 6" all the way to 55" x 35" so now I have no excuse for creating more fun DIY Canada Day decorations.

Let's start with the footstool, shall we?

Canadian Flag Adirondack Footstool

My plan was to photograph the footstool outside paired with an Adirondack chair and surrounded by pretty red and white flowers but it's pouring cats and dogs outside and won't be letting up any day soon. I can't wait to use the footstool on our deck for many summers to come.

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Adirondack Footstool for Canada Day

I've had this Adirondack footstool for many years but it's spent the last 2-3 collecting dust in the workshop because it was looking rather worse for wear. I don't throw anything out and so it sat until that one day when inspiration would strike.

Adirondack Footstool For Canada Day Before

This was such a quick an easy refresh and a fun way to honour Canada Day for many years to come. After a good scrub with soap and water, all I did was dry brush a fresh coat of Old White chalk paint that I had on hand using an inexpensive chip brush. I didn't completely cover the pure white paint underneath so it would have a layered look.

While I wanted the footstool to have a time-worn appearance, I didn't want the I've been neglected for many years look that it's been sporting.

When the paint was completely dry, I used low tack spray adhesive to hold the 8 ½" x 11" Canadian Flag stencil in place along the curvature of the footstool.

Adirondack Footstool Canadian Flag Stencil

I stencilled the flag by pouncing Barn Red mineral chalk paint from Dixie Belle Paint Company with a stencil brush.

Adirondack Footstool Stenciled Canadian Flag

The Canadian flag looked a little lost and so I painted some of the wood slats red. To ensure I didn't get any red paint on the adjacent white slats, I placed painters tape along the edges. A fan brush worked well to get in between the slats.

Adirondack Footstool Painted Red And White

I lightly distressed the footstool with 220 grit sandpaper, as well as the flag and red painted slats. Once the paint was completely dry it was protected with two coats of Outdoor Varathane Satin Clear Coat.

Canada Day Adirondack Footstool Distressed

Adirondack Footstool and Canada Day Sign

Next up is this quick and easy Canada Day Sign.

Easy Canada Day Sign

Easy Peasy Canada Day Sign

The white picket fence sign was purchased at Dollarama for $4.

Easy Canada Day Sign Before

All I did was stencil the Canadian flag onto the sign at the same time I stencilled the Adirondack footstool. Same colors - same technique.

Easy Canada Day Sign Stenciled

Next, I created the Oh Canada graphic on PicMonkey and used this Image Transfer Technique to apply it to the top of the sign.

Easy Canada Day Sign with graphic

You're welcome to download the unwatermarked 8.5 x 11 graphic below should you want to make this Canada Day sign.
Once the paint was dry I aged the sign with Van Dyke Brown Glaze by Dixie Belle Paint Company. I dampened an inexpensive chip brush first and then dipped just the tips of my brush into the glaze. With light pressure and long brush strokes across the sign, wiping the excess with a paper towel.

That's it!

As promised here is the materials list...

Materials List

Adirondack Footstool
Canadian Flag Stencil
Low Tack Adhesive Spray
Stencil Brush
Inexpensive Chip Brush
Barn Red Mineral Chalk Paint
Old White Chalk Paint
220 Grit Sandpaper
Varathane Outdoor Satin Clear Coat
White Picket Sign (Dollarama)
Black Fine Tip Permanent Marker
Van Dyke Brown Glaze

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Canadian Maple Leaf Adirondack Footstool
Easy Peasy Canada Day Sign

Wishing my fellow Canucks a Happy Canada Day on July 1st!

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