For some time I've stared at the blank canvas that is our house and wished that I owned a painting company on the side that not only allowed for a discount in Jeff Lewis Designs paint (seriously, I die for anything JLD), but also scaffolding to use at will for the ridic high vaulted ceilings we have in the great room. Given that I hold down a full time job and I'm a relatively new mom, each day passes with no color on the walls. Until this past weekend, when I got the crazy itch to paint an accent wall with chevron stripes. I was totally gung-ho about the project and the finished product I pictured in my head, until I proudly voiced my plan to my realist hubby, who quickly reminded me that a) there was no way I was coming close to reaching the top of the accent wall due to the ridic high vaulted ceiling and b) we were having people over for Superbowl Sunday, which was probably more than enough excitement for one weekend. My initial reaction was typical for me - sulky disappointment and about 3 minutes of pouting until my brain kicked in and realized he was probably right. So in my attempt to not let anyone rain on my 'creativity gone wild' parade, I searched the house for something I could paint with chevron stripes. Hey, if I wasn't gonna get an entire wall, I was sure gonna get stripes SOMEWHERE. In the hall closet I found a large blank canvas that came in a 2-pack for when I was decorating the nursery. Then I found a smaller rectangle one and a square one (the 2-pack canvases at AC Moore are always good to have on hand). So I got the baby down for a nap, arranged my canvases, pulled out my paints & brushes, and poured myself a glass of wine (hey, it was Saturday, I wasn't at work, the baby was down - and as proven time and time again, I do my best work with my friend Mr Cab Sav by my side - a little home Wine & Design project!!). So, I set up shop on the kitchen floor (where the sun was shining in through the bay windows and the paint I was inevitably going to get on the floor would come off easier on tile floor than carpet).
I started by making my own chevron stencil - there are a ton of stencils on Pinterest - just put it in the search box and find whatever one you think is easiest for however your brain works. I traced the stripes in pencil, and didn't even measure how far apart they were...imperfection is beautiful to me (or at least that's what I tell myself to keep from going completely insane when things aren't exactly the way they should be).
While most people use painters tape as guides, I threw caution to the wind and used my steady hand and just painted the outline, then once all of the outlines were done, I used my bigger brush and painted the inside of the stripes. (Note: the 'steady' hand became increasingly unsteady the more Mr Cab Sav helped me, and freehanding the lines took WAY longer than I anticipated, so maybe the DIYers who took advantage of the painters tape idea had a good thing going).
Anywho, here's the first picture, about halfway through my first canvas:
I could barely wait til we got home from church to rush home so I could put my finished product - that actually turned out better than my original Ballard Design 'want'.
This should keep me satisfied with my blank walls - for a week or two.