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.
Those ottomans had a makeover too. Check them out here.
This is what the tray looks like now.
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.
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".
I thought it might be fun to angle the pattern a bit, so I placed my template randomly on my tray.
I outlined the rectangle lightly with pencil.
Next I flipped the template 90º and traced again.
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.
Then I painted the areas I wanted to be green.
Let it dry and painted again.
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.
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.
ha! Yeah, right. It's probably more like this.
Sippies and bottles.
Ah well. Let's pretend my life is glamorous for 2 seconds and that I have people over for cocktails.
Give this chevron technique a try, then tell me how it went!
One more before and after.
Linking to some of these great parties.
Now go make something!