The wall of a century old storage building became a blank slate for a statement of hope and patriotism to celebrate America’s birthday.
Carole Dye said, because of everything going on in the country and the world, she wanted to do something positive. Dye said she knew she wanted to create something with an American flag and at first considered using boards from pallet wood to construct it.
She said it was Buddy Greene who suggested painting a flag on the side of the storage building. Dye said Greene also helped her with the measurements for the flag.
Her goal was to finish the flag by the Fourth of July. Dye’s birthday is July 3, so she said the flag was also a birthday gift to herself.
“I’ll enjoy it every time I pull in my driveway,” she said.
The storage building adorned by the flag resembles a barn, but Dye said it is really a house that is probably 100 years old. The house had never been painted, so she started by painting the white background, which took several coats of paint.
Dye said the project was completed over several days, and she estimated it took her a total of 15 hours. The size of the flag is 5 feet by 9 feet. She said she actually found an American Flag size and proportions calculator online to help with the logistics of the length and width of the stripes, blue field and stars.
Dye said she is not an artist nor a painter, but nevertheless she climbed up the ladder and started painting. The siding on the building is board and batten, which was one challenge, as was a shuttered window that was in the middle of the flag.
She said she marked off the stripes and painted them after completing the white background.
Dye said she printed out a pattern for the stars online, traced and then painted them. She said she was worried the stars would be the hardest.
“It’s certainly not perfect, but it turned out pretty well,” she said.