Saturday, March 19, 2011

Easy Peasy Chevron Pattern

101 followers?! Who are you people? I only told 4 people in real life about this blog (and not even my own mother). To think there are 101 people who don't know me, but who are interested in what is going on here is mindblowing. HOORAY! Welcome!

On to the good stuff...

Check out how I made this tray over with a chevron pattern.

I found this tray at Goodwill for $5.99.

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Those ottomans had a makeover too. Check them out here.

This is what the tray looks like now.

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After a light sand, I painted this sucker with some turquoise paint. It was just one of those $3 samples I used for some other projects.

After a couple coats I had a bright, pretty, clean slate.

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This tray is going on my heavily patterned ottomans, so I wanted this chevron nice and large so it wouldn't compete. A smaller pattern on a smaller pattern would probably be too busy.

I came up with a pretty easy way to do a chevron pattern. Let's get to it.

I cut out a section of posterboard that measured 3" x 9".

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I thought it might be fun to angle the pattern a bit, so I placed my template randomly on my tray.

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I outlined the rectangle lightly with pencil.

Next I flipped the template 90º and traced again.

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I did this over and over until my tray was filled with the chevron pattern.

Next I decided which areas I wanted to be my accent color (my favorite green, Meadowlands by Valspar). I used FrogTape brand painters tape (super duper awesome stuff) to tape inside the lines I wanted to remain turquoise.

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Then I painted the areas I wanted to be green.

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Let it dry and painted again.

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While the second coat was still damp, I removed the tape. I am really impressed with this tape. The lines are really crisp.

I let my tray dry overnight. The next day I used a damp cloth to remove the pencil marks.

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Then I gave it a coat of Flat protective spray to preserve my hard work. After all, before too long this will probably be used for cocktails in my mom cave.

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ha! Yeah, right. It's probably more like this.

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Sippies and bottles.

Ah well. Let's pretend my life is glamorous for 2 seconds and that I have people over for cocktails.

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Give this chevron technique a try, then tell me how it went!

One more before and after.

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Linking to some of these great parties.

Now go make something!

6 comments:

  1. I'm following you, 104 followers now..

    You have some really interesting stuff here, thanks for sharing!!

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  2. Love this tray - I'm slowing catching on to the chevron craze!
    Oh and I thought I'd follow you too! seems to be another craze! he he!!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  3. Great job. Love the turquoise & green combination!
    Karen

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  4. Great tutorial for chevron stripes! Love the colors too!

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  5. I love it - the big chevron pattern is really gorgeous and I love your blue martini glasses too! Such gorgeous pops of color! : )

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  6. Hi Lisa! Just wanted to let you know I included your great tutorial in my post today! Just love this project!

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