My daughter had her first day of Preschool today, wow how time has flown. She had a great day which will make going back next week much easier. I can't believe how big my baby is getting, only one more year until she is in Kindergarten. But I am not going to think about that now. It is really weird being home in an empty house. I might actually be productive this year. Maybe.
I really like chevron, but I wasn't sure how it would work in my home, so I just waited. Now I think I may have waited too long because I don't see it as much anymore. But I am going to give it a try anyway. I have had this old picture in my basement for a while now. It used to live at my parents condo in Florida a LONG time ago. It worked great there but not anywhere else.
I removed the canvas from the frame by pulling 3 nails in the back holding the canvas to the frame.
It is a painted canvas and has quite a bit of texture from the paints. So first I sanded it down a bit so the ridges from the grass and waves were not so big. After that I wiped it down with a wet paper towel and let it dry completely.
Then I used a small roller and painted it with some left over paint in Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. I did two coats to really cover the print underneath.
I looked up a lot of tutorials on painting a chevron design and they all seemed like a lot of work. Now I remember why I waited so long to do this project. I really didn't want to mark up the whole canvas. I was afraid the pencil marks would not erase, as some people had mentioned in their tutorials, and I would have to repaint all the white areas. No thank you. So I came up with an easy way that worked for me. I played with different sizes before I came up with one I liked. I cut up pieces of paper and laid them on the canvas to see how they looked. I am very visual so I needed to see what the design would look like before I started marking the lines.
My canvas is 2 feet wide by 3 feet tall so I could fit 3 chevron peaks evenly across the top. Each one was 8 inches wide. Below I show my dimensions. I made several different sizes before I found one I liked.
1. I taped my templates together to complete a row and I made two rows just so I could really visualize it before I painted. I wanted to make sure the spacing was what I wanted. My chevrons are 3 inches tall and I spaced them by 3 inches so it is even all the way down.
2. I then traced my template onto the canvas. I did tape down the template with a few pieces of tape to secure it.
3. Just showing my pencil marks
4. I then added painters tape just inside the pencil marks so the pencil marks would be painted over. I really didn't want to see them when I was done.
5. I traced all the rows 3 inches apart.
6. Then I went back and taped all of them. ( my little girl was photo bombing, she wanted in a picture so bad)
7. I painted my first coat of paint using Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams ( I had a sample left over from when we painted our master bedroom).
8. I then added a second coat of paint and then removed the tape right away. Gotta love immediate gratification.
I wanted to use what I had on hand but I would recommend using the delicate painters tape because mine did take off the white paint in a few spots.
Have you used Chevrons in your home? It wasn't as hard as I was expecting which is always a pleasant surprise since usually it is opposite.
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