Chevron Stripes How-To…because it’s tricky

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Remember the dresser turned Kitchen Island from here
 
Well, it’s been jazzed up again with the trend of the times
 
Chevron (not the gas station) Stripes
 
They seem to be EVERYWHERE…
 
 
 
and when  I saw this, I was inspired.
 
 
Here is a the How To on how this island went from
 
 

I thought this would be an easy process…tape it off, paint, remove, tada

 
Unfortunately, no such luck. because taping off the stripes where it looked right was hard.
 
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again, right? 
 
Now one might think, why not use a pattern…well, that would be the easy way out (plus I didn’t have one!)
 
With inspiration from apartment therapy, here is what I came up with.
 
 
1. Decide how many peaks & valleys you would like in your pattern. 
As seen above there are 2 peaks & 1 completed valley.
 
2. Find the center of what you are painting & mark it vertically with a straight line.
 
 
3. Then draw two more lines in the middle of each half (so the piece is divided into fourths).
 
 
4. Now you have to mark the peaks. Starting at the top, on the outside 2 lines I marked a dot every 6 inches
(or your desired length between peaks).
 
5. On the center line & outer edges, measure down from the first row of white dots 3 inches (of half of your original measurement) & make a mark. Then mark again every 6 inches (or original measurement).
 
6. Then play connect the dots with your tape. 
You must chose to always go above or below your dot & then do it every time,
again always above or always below.
 
7. Around the top & bottom I did go back to my old ways & eyeball the taping, because my
measuring method took me off the design. 
 
Side Note: When taping I would tape down one part & then draw a vertical line & cut…then take the tape the other way & do the same…see below.
 
 
8. Now that everything is taped, just paint…
 
When the paint had dried, I removed the tape & used a sanding block to give it a little texture. 
 
Which leads us to
 
 
I hope I didn’t confuse anyone in the tutorial. Even though it took a while, it was totally worth it. Every time I walk around the island & into the kitchen it makes me smile.
 
I’m in love.
 
 

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  2. THANK YOU for this!!!! I want to paint a dresser for our nursery in chevron and I found your blog on Pinterest. My husband is still uber annoyed wtih the whole project, but your directions made it a LOT easier. :)

  3. I am a fellow lover of all things Chevron, and your newest follower. Beautiful project!!!

    Tanya :)

  4. I think it looks great! Sometimes things aren't quite as easy as they look. The chevron pattern is definitely one of those.

  5. this is awesome! hopping over from csi- i love the colors you chose for it!

  6. Thanks for the tutorial Laura Beth! I followed your instructions to make over an old ugly coffee table in my living room. I think it looks pretty great! You can see the before & after here: http://itsclementime.com/ugly-coffee-table-makeover/

    Thanks again!

    -Brittany

  7. Cute. Great idea and wonderful tutorial. I featured this on a chevron round up at Lines Across My Face. Stop by and grab a featured button :)
    Rachel
    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/08/i-heart-chevron.html

  8. I love this “island”! I noticed an Auburn piece in one of the pictures. War Eagle! I graduated from Auburn and never left. Can't wait to read your blog.

  9. This was a great tutorial! I have used the same method for smaller things… it is great to see it on a large scale! I would smile every time I walked into my kitchen too if this was my island… as I turn my head to glance at mind… hmmmmm

    Tiffany {Living Savyy}
    http://www.savvydesignwest.com

  10. Very nice chevron dresser, I did one myself but did it different because of the different sized drawers.

  11. Your dresser turned out great. I've been wanting to paint one with chevron too, but was too intimidated. I think I can do it with your tutorial! Thanks.

  12. It's looks fantastic! Your tutorial was very helpful.

  13. She's No Martha, The colors on the chevron striped island are Behr Premium White & then the other is a mix of mis-tints & samples (brown, grey, & white). It turned out kind of taupe. Sorry I don't have more specifice :(

  14. hi! what colors did you use? thanks!

  15. Absolutely gorgeous…and great tutorial! Thanks for linking to All Things Furniture!
    :-)
    shaunna

  16. This is fabulous! Way to update! Love it!!

  17. Wow! I never could have figured that out. It looks perfect! You did a great job, and what a fun twist on a classic dresser. I love it!

    <3

    Risa

  18. Great transformation! Thank you so much for the how-to!! :)
    Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see more of your creativity tonight! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

  19. Great tips, thank you for sharing! I really love your dresser, it looks fantastic!

    http://www.jensownroad.blogspot.com

  20. OOOOHH MY GOSH!!!! Great tutorial and this tuned out SOO cool!!! Love it!

    XO Lindsay

  21. It looks beautiful! Fantastic job and great tutorial. Chevron pattern isn't very easy to create. Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party.

  22. Oh, I am SO pinning this! Wonderful!

  23. LOVE THIS! I'm going to feature it tomorrow as one of my favorite projects of the week on my blog: How to Nest for Less (www.howtonestforless.com).

  24. You're right, this pattern is everywhere and it's HOT! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman's Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  25. Luv luv the chevron and the classy colours..
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  26. Laura… way to go!
    This looks great also.
    …♥

  27. Love it! chevron just makes everything better :)

  28. decoratinginsanity.com says:

    What a great dresser. Hope you will share it at our blog party every Sunday at decoratinginsanity.com

  29. Love it! You did a great job.

  30. Terry McClary says:

    Great job. Getting those stripes just right can be a challenge!

  31. Julia @ 551Eastdesign says:

    I loved the tutorial, it was super easy:) I had my husband print a chevron design using Adobe Illustrator and we used it to make a stencil. It gave us more of an imperfect look for a sign. You're way is very neat and clean, love it!

  32. This is fantastic! Love the colors of your stripes.. it looks like an amazing transformation! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/06/pink-hippo-party-35.html

  33. I'm loving the Chevron pattern too and have realized how hard it is to do it free hand. This tutorial is perfect!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  34. that looks FANTASTIC and that tutorial was super easy to follow along with. i may even try something like this. great job!

  35. Such a great tutorial. I love the dresser and the colors you picked! Nice work! Thanks for sharing.

    Rachel
    http://www.holy-craft.blogspot.com

  36. Great Tutorial thanks for sharing!
    karima x
    http://www.karimascrafts.com

  37. It really turned out great! Gotta jump on the Chevron “wagon”!!! :) New from Polly Want a Crafter.

  38. I really like these my daughter will be renting her first apartment soon and getting on her own without a lot of money means creativity I am keeping this tip for that

  39. Looks great LB!

  40. This looks so good!!!! I love it! Looks like a lot of hard work!!! I can't wait to see what you do with our thrift store finds!

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