How To Chevron Paint DIY-Tutorial 3 Easy Steps

Happy Wedneday Bloggers!

I’ve seen a ton of how-to chevron tutorials on the web, and they all make it look so easy! Anyone whose ever attempted this knows, getting that design right can be difficult. I am going to show you my tutorial of how I chevron paint. For me, it’s not all about getting the lines to match perfectly across the surface you’re painting. It can drive a person wild laying down tape at all the precise angles. I decided to use the chevron design on my bedroom door but I didn’t focus on making all the lines straight. Instead, I had slight imperfections in the line up which I think made this design all the more unique and fun to wake up to every morning!! So let’s get started…

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What you will need:

Paint- I used Martha Stewart Metallic Paints. 2-3 small containers you can find at your local Home Depot paint department.

Brushes- Two small paint brushes, 1 angled and 1 straight

Tape- Large (about 3 inch wide) Blue painters tape

 

 

 

 

Step 1:

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Don’t forget to tape around the door to keep the final product looking neat! Paint the entire door with your base color. This will be your lighter color, the one that you will have be the focus of the chevron design. This could take several coats and possibly two bottles of your base color-depending on the size of the door.  Remember this is the color that will cover the entire door so you will need more.

 

 

 

 

Step 2:

DSC00604I waited a full day between layers to be sure the paint would not peel from adding the tape too early. Once it has dried, you can begin adding your tape. As you can see, not all my lines are identical-because it’s nearly impossible to do so without driving yourself crazy!! Don’t worry, make your lines the best you can…I promise it will look even better in the end!

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3:

DSC00605Add your second color! Be sure all the edges of the tape are air tight against the door. If there is an opening, you can bet paint will drip in and leave a nasty drip mark in the middle of your design. Be sure to paint sparingly, don’t cover the tape entirely, try to paint just over the end of the tape. Once it dries it will be hard enough to pull off without paint sealing it to the door completely.

 

 

 

 

Wait sufficient time, I know…you’re anxious! But peeling the tape off too early could also result in drip marks or uneven edges between colors. I waited another day before pulling it all off to reveal this fun door!!

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Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! Good luck with your chevron creations!!

How-To DIY Chalkboard Paint Metal File Cabinets-Tax Season DIY Inspiration

With tax season vastly approaching and I attempt to organize all my paperwork, a lonely old file cabinet catches my eye. I picked up this dusty old thing a couple months ago with plans to make it fit in with my office. What better time to restore this cabinet than when it is needed most! I mistakenly erased my progress pictures but I will give a step by step of how-to go about fixing up and painting a metal cabinet. This tutorial doesn’t require excessive mod lodging, spending lots on materials, or any tools other than some tape and a paint brush! THIS IS FOR THE QUICK AND EASY DIY PROJECT SEEKERS!

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What you will need:

Martha Stewart Texured Paint -This stuff is amazing and cheap! about $6 per container and you can buy everything form sparkly black to crackle paint!

1 small canister of chalkboard paint

BLUE brand painters tape-if you plan to paint the handles as I did, it helps to tape off to make it as clean as possible

2 small paint brushes-1 angled, 1 straight

 

The Before: Of course, I accidentally deleted my before picture, my apologies. But this cabinet was a dinged up black cabinet with coffee mug marks on the top-to give you a visual.

There were a couple dings on the side-looks like it was preyed open before they found the lock key! To fix dings like this in a metal cabinet, all you need is to hammer them out. If hammering leaves chips on metal, just use a light sandpaper to smooth out.

First we used the Martha Stewart Textured Metallic Lampblack paint to cover the sides, top, and front of cabinet. This paint dries fairly quickly and should be applied with a small brush.

Next, pull out the drawers and lay down the first coat of chalkboard paint. Once dried, apply a second coat-chalkboard paint can chip when used if the application is too thin.

Once the second layer dried we taped around the handles and painted them with Martha Steward Anchor Gray Metallic paint.

This is a pretty simple how-to paint project for anyone looking for a quick spruce up on bland office equipment!