Wednesday, August 24

Jumping On The Chevron Bandwagon

Hi there!  Hope you all are doing well.  I have a quick post for you today with a few updates on progress in The Babe's room.  Before we get to that, though, I just have to vent for a sec.

This week has totally been a snap back into reality for me (hence the lack of a post yesterday).  You see, last week we were on vacation...in Aspen, Colorado...and it was amazing.

We had such an awesome time, BUT this week has been less fun.  I came back to a big list of projects for The Babe's room, in addition to all the unpacking, laundry and general post-vacation cleaning that's necessary.  Usually, I can just snap to it and get moving, but I've had such a hard time getting motivated this week.  Anybody else feel overwhelmed with the routine after a vacation?  Ugggg.  BUT, I can't just sit around...so I've been slowly getting back into gear.

One of the things I've been working on this week has been painting a very subdued chevron pattern in the dormer area of The Babe's room.  When I first started thinking about the design for her room, I ran across this image on Pinterest and it has stuck with me.  I, of course, loved the grey, white and yellow, but it also looked so fun in a kid's room.

From House Thirty-Six and my Pinterest Board

I know everyone seems to be doing chevron these days, so I purposefully tried to not do it and came up with a stenciling plan instead.  I made my own stencil and started painting it on the walls, but it was too small and I quickly lost my stenciling mojo.  So, I thought back to the chevron pattern I pinned early on in the project, and last week while we were traveling I decided to just do it!

If you're a Facebook fan of The Tall Chick (if you're not, please become one!), then you already know I've been working on it because I posted this in-progress picture Monday.  See...there are benefits of becoming a Facebook fan!  ;)



Since Monday, I've been plugging away at the chevron and now I have another quick peek at how the progress is coming along + a tutorial.  Now, you can get in on the chevron action, too, so I won't feel like I'm the only one jumping on the bandwagon.

Before I get into the details on how I taped everything off, here's a peek at what the finished wall looks like after painting.


It really isn't difficult or time consuming to do this paint technique.  You can use this tutorial as a guide to get started or you can give mine a try!  Here it is!

{FIRST STEP:  MEASURE}

To get started, I measured my wall length; it was 91.25 inches.  I knew I wanted 5 chevrons per wall, so I divided 91.25 by 5.  This gave me a chevron width of 18.25.  Using a tape measure, I put a small dot on each end of the 18.25 inches.  Then, I also marked the midpoint of 18.25, which is 9.125.  I marked all of these points very lightly in pencil, but I've represented them in the image below in orange.  You're basically creating the three points in the triangle.  AND, I just have to say that I'm very proud of my wicked math skills (total joke there, folks!).



{SECOND STEP:  MEASURE + LEVEL + MARK}

Next, I started on the second chevron.  Using the same orange dots again, you can see that all I did was measure down 12 inches from my top marks.  I was sure to use a level to keep everything lined up vertically.  Once I had my pencil marks, I taped off the chevron putting the tape on the outside of the dots.  I also measured, leveled, marked and taped everything in columns.  I found this much easier than working on the chevrons side-by-side.  I think it also saved a considerable amount of time.




Using the level to keep my
dots straight vertically.

After you've done the first couple of chevrons, it really is as easy as connecting the dots.  Then, before you know it, you have this!


{THIRD STEP:  TRIM YOUR POINTS}

It's also important that you trim off the excess tape at the points of your chevrons.  This will give you a nice clean line.  I used an x-acto knife to do this.


Once you have everything trimmed, then it's time for the fun part...PAINTING.  I used a brush to do this because I didn't want it totally solid and was looking for a little "texture".  Sooo, this is what it looked like when I was all done.

Ohh yes, and the curtains are hung...
Hopefully, I'll have more on them this week, too!

So that's a little bit of an update on my progress this week.  I feel like I have tons more to do in the room, but the main things hanging over my head are figuring out my light fixture for the main part of the room and getting the dresser / sideboard painted.  I started sanding and filling in the wood in a few places, but I would guess I'm only about 10% complete.

WISH ME LUCK and can't wait to hear your feedback on the chevron.  Do you forgive me for jumping on the bandwagon?


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39 comments:

  1. Love the chevron! Aren't bandwagons meant to be jumped on...LOL

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  2. Looks great!! love the colors! Can't wait to see it all done!

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  3. Thanks, ladies! :) And you're totally right, Kimberly. Bandwagons are there for a reason I guess...they're usually fabulous and fun! :)

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  4. Be still my heart - I'm in LOVE with this room! Awesome job with the chevron - maybe we could all just hire you to do our rooms? Please?

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  5. It really looks great. And I always think that part of being a grown-up is being able to do what other people do for your own reasons and in your own way without feeling like you are somehow losing your individuality. Chevron stripes are included in that :).

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  6. Oh my goodness, I'm kind of in love with this. the chevron wall, light fixture, curtain - AMAZING! I can't wait to see your progress.

    katy @ redBuddy notes

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  7. i just really love how you explained how to do this. Now if I can just find the patience I now know how to do it! And I LOVE your curtains! Gorgeous!

    Heather @SimplyCottageLove

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  8. Oh wow, this is gorgeous! I love the color you chose! SO much love went into this little room. It's beautiful!

    I have a link party going on now, called Show & Share. I'd love to have you link this up!

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-2.html

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  9. What a great style! Hope you link this up at Thrifty Thursday.

    Johnnie

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  10. Love how it turned out! Thanks for linking up with us st Show & Share!

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  11. LOVE IT! WOW!!!
    Found you a Not Just a Housewife :)
    http://www.releasemecreations.com

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  12. This is looking SO CUTE!!! I need some chevron in my life I think. Can't wait to see how this room turns out. Also, thanks for letting me know about my dressing room on Triangle Mommies! I've never even heard of that site but am all signed up now to become a member. Apparently I've been living under a rock :) Thanks!

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  13. Love your chevron wall- the colors are so serene and pretty!! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  14. Okay seriously THE cutest wall ever! And that red light? PERFECT! Same with the drapes, it's all working! I wish I could paint where I live :( So excited I found your blog! I am definitely following, I would LOVE for you to follow mine! Have a GREAT day!
    Savannah
    rolleduppretty.com

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  15. Looks great! Can I ask what color blue you used for the room???

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  16. Thanks for the comments everyone! The paint color is Olympic Morning Breeze. Full details can be found in this post; http://www.thetallchickblog.com/2011/07/project-launch-babes-room.html. :)

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  17. Oh my goodness!!! I LOVE THIS. The colors are gorgeous, the red chandy is amazing, and the curtains... they pretty much are perfection :D

    I'm working on my little ones big girl room and your stuff has just been sent to my Pinterest board!

    Can't wait to check out the rest of your blog!

    Shelley
    www.westermanfam.blogspot.com

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  18. The paint looks great. I love the chevron stripes!

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  19. Sooo cute and what a great tutorial. It looks like a lot of work but definitely easier than I would have thought. I might have to actually do this when I update my son's bedroom. Thanks for stopping by Lines Across My Face.
    Rachel

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  20. I love this so much I can hardly stand it!! Wow. That's all I can say. Love the curtains and the red light fixture and now the walls...amazing!

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  21. so amazing! I love it! I pinned it on pinterest in my dream home category! great job!

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  22. I love this look! I may be jumping on the chevron band wagon soon. Make room for me!

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  23. gorgeous! Both the colors and rendering!

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  24. Wow -- Looks beautiful!! Great job! Come on over with that mojo and do my hallway! Yes! Awesome!

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  25. Love this room and tutorial! I'm featuring this on my blog today on ,my weekend wrap-up. Come check it out and become a follower if you'd like. I can't wait to come back and see the finished room. I'm your newest follower so I won't miss out!

    www.alivedinhome.blogspot.com

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  26. Super cute! I love it :) I am looking for a wall treatment for our master an I've gotta say...I think I am jumping on the Cheveron band wagon too. Thanks!

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  27. Hello! Look at your colored "stripes" I love them! I love your red light and those curtains look ADORABLE! I can't wait to see the finished product :) I've joined your blog!

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  28. that looks amazing! the colors are awesome and i love them with the color on the lighting fixture!

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  29. Love the start of your room and thanks for the link to my tutorial :)

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  30. Great tutorial! I love this wall!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Plus there is a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  31. In love with the paint color! If you get a chance, could you mail me what it is?? hayley.m.peterson@gmail.com -- I'm desperately needing a soothing blue in my beige bedroom! Love your blog!

    -hayley

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  32. I love the progress so far! I'm in love with chevron! Love the curtains too!!

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  33. I am so jealous. I want to do this, but I fear it just won't be as perfect!!! I have the Chevron bug though, big time!

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking



    A Mother Seeking...




    This week, "When Life Hands You Lemons..."

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  34. look great...How it turned out beautiful...like it.
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  35. LOVE your wall and your instructions were SO thorough! Thanks so much- used them to do a wall in my daughter's room and it came out great! http://thetastefulllife.blogspot.com/2012/07/chevron-wall-tutorial.html

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  36. Can you please tell me what color you used? That's the same color I am looking for! Thanks!

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  37. The green color is Olympic's Morning Breeze and the white color is Olympic's Du Jour. I just lightly brushed on the white paint so some of the green shows through.. I LOVE the way that looks!

    Here's more info on the morning breeze color: http://www.thetallchickblog.com/2011/07/project-launch-babes-room.html

    Here's more info on the white color:
    http://www.thetallchickblog.com/2011/06/color-du-jour.html

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  38. Thanks for such a great tutorial! I found it on Pinterest and painted my entry way this today!

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  39. Great tutorial! I'm using it to paint my sons room!
    http://threemenmommy.blogspot.com/2012/09/31-days-to-prepare-for-baby.html

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Thank you for all of your fabulous comments! Keep 'em coming!