Monday, July 23, 2012

DIY Chevron Stripes!

Hey yall! Happy Monday!

I have been waiting for this day, because I am so excited to share my Monday Made It with you guys!

Sooo....when the hubs and I were discussing paint colors and such for the new house, I thought it would be really cool to do a big graphic design on one of the walls. And who doesn't love a good chevron, right?

This was my inspiration...

Pinned Image

Totally awesome, right?

I wasn't sure if we were going to be able to pull this off, but I was definitely willing to give it a go!

I enlisted the help of my mom, aka queen of crafty, and we got busy!

First, we gathered all the supplies...
*paint (2 different colors)
*painter's tape (I used a 3 in. Scotch painter's tape)
*measuring stick
*pencil
*rollers
*chalk line tool

I painted the whole room a light gray color that matched our duvet perfectly. I chose a slightly darker shade of gray for the stripes. No, I didn't go all fifty shades..... :)

My mom did all the measuring for me. Here is how the wall looked after we painted it the light gray.


Here are the basics when painting chevron stripes. The distance between peak to peak and crest to crest should be the same. The crest should be exactly midway between the two peaks of each stripe. Does this make any sense? This is a video that we watched before hand, and it does a much better job of explaining...


Much better, right?

Okay, so next we decided to snap a chalk line to help us measure out the points. It's kinda hard to tell in these pictures, but that light blue line is the chalk.




We used some tool that my folks had...it looks like this.

Now comes the hard part! Using your painter's tape, tape off each stripe so that the tape is in the inside of the base color. If you take a close look at my stripes, it looks like they are not even, right? But trust me...it works out in the end.


Remember that it doesn't have to be perfect :) Imperfection is what makes it unique!

After you have your stripes taped off, go back over the edges and make sure they are pressed down really good. The video even suggests using the base paint to seal in the edges.

Then paint your stripes! This was the fun part :) We put about 2 coats of paint on each stripe, then let them dry for a few hours.


And here are the final results!











I love, love, LOVE my chevron wall! I think it turned out amazing, and it looks just perfect with our bedding! Now our bedroom is all kinds of romantic :)

I still have some styling to finish in there, but I was dying to share this with you guys.

What do you think?

Go link up with Tara for your Monday Made It!



21 comments:

  1. I LOVE it!! Now I just need you to come over and do it for me!! lol
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue Skies

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  2. That is gorgeous! You have a great mom. That photo should be in a magazine!
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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  3. Hi Natalie,

    I absolutely LOVE it! I love anything chevron anyway but would not even know where to start to paint a wall with it. I'm so impressed!

    Mona
    First Grade Schoolhouse

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  4. Oh my goodness!!!!! LOVE the wall!!!!!

    4th Grade Frolics

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  5. Wow! That's amazing! Could you come do mine?? It looks so awesome!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  6. So cute! I love it!!

    Aimee
    www.pencilsbooksanddirtylooks.com

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  7. ohemmmgee! I LOVE it!! I wish my husband would go for this!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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  8. I just did a chevron wall in my rotunda last week! I did it ALONE! It was very difficult! I used a level with a ruler on the side. I am very surprised how well mine turned out, but yes.. It was worth it! I love it! Yours looks awesome as well!!

    I'm a new follower! :)

    Carly

    First Grade Fabulosity!

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  9. I LOVE it! It was sooooo worth the hard work! :)

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  10. I want to marry your wall!!! So beautiful!

    I hope you can forgive me for my love of Arie......... since clearly I was the only one who was on his team yesterday! Haha!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  11. WOW! That looks AMAZING! How did you get your lines to turn out so straight?! Whenever I use painters tape, it always bleeds through...thus creating fuzzy lines. You did a fantastic job!

    I just realized that you are the person that created the Owl Welcome Sign that I've seen on Pinterest...I created one for my classroom as well using my own theme. (Hope you don't mind...I did include a link to your blog on my post) Yours is way cooler than mine though! It's too bad that I didn't go with an Owl theme this year...

    Thanks for sharing your AWESOME wall! I'm your newest follower!

    ~Sara~
    Ramblings of a Deaf Ed Teacher's Mind...

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  12. Love love the chevron pattern on the wall. I'm a little jealous. Maybe one day when Chris and I have a house.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

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  13. Wow! Your wall turned out beautifully! You have WAY more patience than I!

    Primary Inspired

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  14. Ohmyword!! It looks like something out of a magazine!! I love, love, love it!! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  15. Wow! That sounds like a crazy amount of work. Good thing it looks FANTASTIC. From all the Made It Mondays, it seems we teachers should be professional painters for all the painting we are doing.
    Enjoy your decorative wall.

    EmilyK

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  16. Amazing! What patience! Since it took us 4 coats of paint to cover a pink wall in the old house, my husband will not touch a paint brush!

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    :)
    Tamera
    http://myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com
    Kaizactan2001@yahoo.com

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  17. Oh my goodness! That is absolutely stunning! I would love to do something like that someday but would definitely have to hire a professional!

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    Creative Lesson Cafe

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