8.05.2012

I'd rather do laundry than math...

Recently, like many of you, I have jumped onto the Chevron style wagon. I am in love with this pattern, and pleased that I am seeing it EVERYWHERE- including Target!  So I decided that I wanted to add another accent wall to my house and upgrade the visual appeal of my laundry room.  I give you the EASIEST way to paint a Chevron pattern!

First here is a quick before peek of what my laundry room looked like a couple of weeks ago. (Yes it took me weeks to finish this... to the dismay of my sweet roommates!)


I removed my painting and primed the wall above the washer and dryer solid white including the ledge.


 Using painters tape, I lined the edges of the wall and then divided it in half with another piece of tape creating two equal halves.  So this is where I should pause and say that I MOSTLY eyeballed the distances and occasionally referred to a ruler.  I HATE math and was eager to finish this project.  So if you want to spend your time doing long division- go for it smarty pants!


Next I divided the two halves in half by adding two more pieces of tape creating four equal sections.


This is the trickiest part.  Starting from the top of the wall (where it touched the ceiling) I measured down the distance that gave me the desired Chevron point.  In my case it was 13.5".  Please keep in mind that you should measure and then tape each point.  If you measure all and then tape later your sections will eventually become uneven and the whole point of this design is to have repetition and even lines.

 

Because I taped vertical lines in my Chevron design I was able to line my taped points easily without having to go back and trim the edges to make perfect points.  All I had to do was get the zigzag lines to meet on the vertical ones.  Huge time saver!

 

Using a sharpie I quickly marked a 'G' for my gray sections and 'Y' for my yellow sections on extra pieces of tape.

  

Then I used a mini roller handle and rolled on my paint filling in my taped off Chevron pattern. 


I let the paint dry and then painted a second coat.  After waiting a couple of more hours I carefully peeled of the painters tape revealing the crisp white paint underneath.  I love the way this wall turned out and soooooo glad that I didn't spend hours measuring everything.


Painting the Chevron was the easy part of the project!  Check back tomorrow to see how I finished the wall off with shelves and vintage brackets. 

26 comments:

  1. Wow Brittany, these stripes came out great! I can't wait to see the shelves up tomorrow.

    Gloria

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    1. Thanks Gloria- the post is up so go check them out! :)

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    1. Thanks Kaysi- I love those colors too! They were colors left over from previous projects and thought that they would look great together! :)

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    1. Thanks Cassie! It's not a true Chevron but so much easier to paint with the vertical line... and it has a Native American feel to it so even better! :)

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  4. Love this and I love the design that you used. I too would rather do laundry than math. Great tutorial!
    Have a happy week

    Tausha
    sassystyleredesign.com

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  5. I love this design! I'm moving into a new house soon and I was trying to find some wallpaper to tick the boxed however I rather like the idea of have a uniquely designed accent wall instead.

    Fancy checking out my new post?
    Love to know what you think.

    http://ispythroughthekeyhole.blogspot.co.uk/

    Muchos Smiles,
    bb, xoxo

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    1. Hey BB! I also have put up wallpaper- so I totally encourage an accent wall! But if you are renting you should totally go the paint route! This pattern can easily transform any space! Good luck with it and i'll see you soon on your blog! :)

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  6. holy moly, that looks amazing! I bet your roommates are glad you did it now! i love the colors, and now i'm a little less scared about doing chevron somewhere in my house. you make it seem totally doable! i'm here from craft o maniac, and just became your newest follower! I'd love if you came and checked out my brand new blog- feathersandsunshine.blogspot.com and if you like what you see, follow me too! thanks!

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    1. Thanks Stacia! You should totally go for it! :) I LOVE the name of your blog and can't wait to check it out! Thanks for finding me! :)

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  7. Very Cute!! Love chevron anything! I would love for you to come link up your homepage at my Get Social Sunday party and show off your blog!
    http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2012/08/get-social-sunday.html

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    1. Thanks for letting me know about the party! I will totally come and link up! Thanks for sharing a love for Chevron! :)

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  8. looks great! super crisp lines and love the color combo!

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  9. Wow...this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the step-by-step.

    (P.S. Popped over from the Return the Favor Hop!)

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    1. Jen- first glad I could help with the steps. Secondly- your blog is probably the funniest thing I have read in a long time... possibly ever. I can't wait to pass it on to others! :) Sooooo glad you found me!

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  10. So super cute!!! I love the colors you chose!! And seriously, Chevron stripe is the new black... it goes with everything...

    Great job!
    Following!
    Samm @ LittleHouseintheBigD.com

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  11. Wow! That really IS the easiest way I have ever seen the chevron done.. are you sure you aren't a math genius.. cause you have me totally convinced! Love this and I am soo jealous of your awesome laundry room.. it's sooo much lovelier than my laundry dungeon!
    Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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  12. So cute! You did an amazing job! And I love the colors too!

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  13. You are a chevron painting genius! Now I just need to go find a canvas and some paint and I'm in business! Thanks for sharing your technique. Sarah

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  14. Love love your chevron wall in your laundry room! It has to be my favorite design! New follower!

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  15. I just finished painting a canvas using your gorgeous herringbone wall painting technique. Thanks for the inspiration! I posted about it today if you'd like to check it out. :) Sarah

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