Weekend DIY: Chevron Curtains

I frequently imagine what haiku I would write if  assigned the task of describing how I feel about chevron.  After much internal debate, I think this sums up my feelings on chevron:

Pattern of delight

Oh, how I love thy design

You make me happy

Hey – I NEVER said I was a talented poet, but am a lover of pattern.  Speaking of pattern, I am lusting after more chevron in my life and am happy that I ran across these DIY chevron curtains by Kristen Davis. If you are not reading KFD Designs blog, then you are a day late and a dollar sort.  KFD Designs stands for the initials of the decorative painter, Kristen, behind the blog:

She is a one bad a#$ Momma who can make a paint brush bow to her every whim.  How else would you explain how she took simple white curtains and got paint to do this…..

Check out her straight-forward simple tutorial on how you can make your own DIY chevron curtains.  I am thinking that may I try this treatment for a shower curtain for the guest bath.  Okay, off to hunt shower curtains and metallic paint!  Have a great weekend!

Update: Guest Bath Chevron Wall

Last year (all 15 days ago) I started doing some cosmetic changes to our main floor/guest bathroom.  I have never been a fan of it – in fact I would venture to say it is my least favorite room in the house.  It’s basically a big square box with green tile.  But then I am sure you are wonder “What bathroom isn’t a big boring box?”  Well my friends, there are plenty of beautiful bathrooms out there…heck if you had the opportunity to check out the link party over at Centsational Girl’s blog she highlighted over 100 kick-ass bathrooms from across the nation.  This got my motivation going to finish out the bathroom update, but then that little thing called life (and subsequently work…did I tell you I have a part-time gig this month in marketing.  More on that later….) got in the way and this is where I stopped this week:

Not bad, but it can be better.....

There is a list of things that need to happen before I can do a full reveal:

1) Paint touch-ups

2) Trimming out the bathroom mirror

3) Finalization on whether to keep the shower curtain or go with something else

4) Confirmation of artwork above toilet – yeah or nay?

5) Vignette for the sink bureau (yeah, I am annoying like that)

On the flip side, I am quite pleased with my towel selection — found them at Ross Dress for Less.

So let’s recap, out of the 7 things that needed to happen to make the bathroom presentable, I have accomplished two in the last two months, one thing a month.  At this rate, I will be old enough to need a bedpan before I finish the bathroom.  And somehow buying towels doesn’t seem that monumental of an accomplishment compared to all you awesome peeps in cyber DIY land.  Not that I am comparing myself to y’all or anything…….but deep down I am judging myself (but only a tiny bit).

Boxing Myself In…..

Sometimes you have big ideas for a project.  You gather your supplies, set yourself up and diligently work at said task until it is completed.  And then you step back to marvel at your handiwork…..and realize the project you just labored on for several hours is a complete pile of dog poo….flaming dog poo to be exact.

 

Graphic Credit

 

And thus was my Saturday afternoon last weekend.  I woke up that morning with chevron on the brain.  As you all know, I have been lusting after chevron for a while now and will soon be incorporating it into my bathroom.  However, I thought it might be fun to spruce up some old metal boxes I had lying around the garage.  We needed some pops of color in the music room and it seemed like the perfect re-use DIY project since I had the spray paint and boxes.  All I needed to do was create a chevron stencil and be on my merry way right?  An hour to paint the boxes and an hour to do the stencil, so maybe 3 hours total.  Easy peasy right?

Wrong.

Well the first part of the project went fine.  I primed and painted the boxes a great orange color from Rust-oleum

 

Great orange color huh?

I let the boxes dry for two hours and started on creating the chevron template.  I downloaded the chevron stencil from Sunset.com and taped two of them together to get the size I needed. I then attached the larger stencil to a piece of contact paper and then took both pieces and attached it to a piece of heavy-duty paper.

 

Stencil looking pretty good so far.

Now with the stencil reinforced, I cut out the pattern using an Exacto knife and ruler.

 

This part took forever.....

So now I had a stencil, which only took me about an hour to do, so I was well within the time frame I set for myself, so the next step was to apply the stencil to the box and spray paint the zig zags white.

 

So far so good.....stencil is on and I am ready to begin painting....

Life is good so far……it’s still light out and I have plenty of time to let the boxes dry once I hit them with the white spray paint and place them into the room.  In my mind, I am already crafting the story on how it was just another easy and breezy day in my life of DIY design.  Yuppers, I may suck at culinary school, but I am a WIZARD at design.  As I am mentally racking up accolades in  my head, I am spraying the stencil and notice that the contact paper is starting to bubble slightly.  “No worries” I thought, I am going to be removing the stencil in a second, so it won’t matter……

 

Look closely and you will see where the spray paint seeped up under the stencil

Well as the picture details — yes it does matter.  It matters alot.  Upon removing the stencil, my little heart dropped.  My supposedly perfect chevron print was fuzzy.  Always an optimist, I simply assumed user error and thought “I must have applied the stencil wrong….let me try it on the side.  I can always repaint the lid.  That’s easy!”

 

Even worse than the top.....

In addition to the fuzzy lines, I now have this odd crackle effect on the chevron.  And even worse, you all are now subjected to my feet in the picture……

In the end, did I get my pretty chevron boxes?  Nope.  What I got was…

1)  A crash course on how NOT to create a stencil

2) A better understanding on the adverse effects spray paint has on contact paper

3) A science lesson on polymer-based oil paints and how they interact

4) The realization that I need a pedicure

But with every DIY design success, there are bound to be disasters.  I am just thankful that this disaster was on such a small-scale.  You live and learn.  And don’t worry, I painted the box white so I could try this project in two weekends.  This round may be lost, I will win the chevron war!