Thursday, January 31, 2013

My chevron obsession

Chevron is my new obsession.  I can't get enough of it!  I don't know what it is about it, but I'm in love.  It all began last year when I started working on the nursery.  It was literally love at first sight.

{crib skirt}

Since then it has slowly made it's way into almost every room of our house!  Next it was our bedroom.  The curtains were an easy transformation and it makes it feel quite tropical and tranquil.  I also made a matching pillow from an idea on pinterest.

{curtains and pillow}

Next it creeped into our dining room.  Our dining room walls were already teal, so why not right?


I tried my hand at making my own chevron pattern for this menu board in the kitchen.  I used masking tape and spray paint to transform this muslin fabric.

{menu board}

I even have bought chevron fabric without a project lined up just yet!


So as you can see, I can't get enough.  I would seriously decorate the whole house in chevron if my husband would let me!

I have seen a lot of chevron vases online and of course I had to have one.  But geez, they are pricey.  So naturally I decided to make one!  How hard could it be?

{Just a fair warning, if you are one of those people that needs perfection in your life, this project will drive you insane}

Let's get started!

Supplies you will need:
Masking or painters tape
Primer spray paint
2 colors spray paint

First step was to scope out my makeover patient.  I just happened to have this vase hanging around the house.  I actually love everything about this vase, but I was having problems finding flowers that looked good in it.

So I'm not a huge fan of priming.  It is the worst step of any painting project.  Why go through all the effort if you aren't going to see it right?  Well in this case it is a necessary evil.  The primer sticks better to shiny surfaces and gives it a uniform color before adding the paint.  So I sucked it up and primed the vase using a white primer.

 I really love this brand of spray paint from Home Depot.  It has a big nozzle so your finger isn't dying after 2 minutes of spraying!

So after a couple coats of the primer, I added another couple coats of white in a semi-gloss finish.  Make sure it's covered really well.

So here comes the fun step!  I knew from my last chevroning project that it's almost impossible to get the lines completely straight and even, so I didn't even attempt to do that this time.  I pretty much just eye-balled the entire taping step. Just have fun with it.  Remember all the money you are saving!

I used two strips of masking tape side by side to cover where I wanted the white stripes.  I taped off the top and bottom really well so I didn't have to worry about over spraying.  Sorry I forgot to get a picture of the vase after the taping was done, and by the time I realized it, it was a little late!

So after you are finished taping it off, it's time to paint with your accent color.  I chose teal.  Make sure to do a couple of coats so you cannot see any of the white coming through.

Let the color dry really well.  I let it dry overnight just for good measure.  Then slowly peel off the tape and wha-la!  Chevron vase!  You can add a glossy clear coat if you want more of a shiny look, but I preferred the flatter look in this case.

Is it perfect?  No.  There are a couple spots where the tape didn't quite seal properly so the lines are not perfect.  It gives it character though...perfect for my rustic beachy house theme! 

I love how it turned out.  And I love that it has character!  Anyone else in love with chevron?

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