Sunday, August 28, 2011

Chevron Stripe Bench

I picked up this bench at a sale a while back for just a few dollars. I thought it had the prettiest legs. It sat in my garage for the longest time. I guess I was waiting to be inspired. One day I had the Paris Grey chalk paint open, so I just decided to go ahead and paint it. Then it sat in the garage for while longer. Still no inspiration. And that's when Megan came home!




Hi everyone, this is Megan here to pick up the story. We kept looking and looking at this plain gray bench, and I got to thinking about the chevron stripes that I've seen all over the blogs lately. I thought that this bench might be just the right candidate for something fun and modern.











I found a great tutorial at Sunset Magazine, complete with a printable template. I printed the template and marked my design with thumbtacks as they instructed in the tutorial. They suggest using 2in. painter's tape, but I only had 1.5in tape, so I had to alter the template a bit. When I was done laying out the tape, I ran a credit card over the tape to make sure the edges were sealed tight.












If you've seen my Paris Grey Vanity/Desk, you know that I've been loving the combination of Paris Grey and Old White chalk paint. I put a coat of Old White over the top, and then ran out of paint! After a week of waiting for a new can, I put on my second coat of Old White. I was pleased to find that my painter's tape had not budged during the week off.







And now for the fun part - removing the tape!


















I distressed it all over and put on a coat of clear wax. I like how the distressing hides any imperfections in the lines and makes it all look smooth and seamless.











I'm so glad that I finally got to try out a chevron stripe. I think it adds a modern twist to a classic piece.




What do you think? Have you tried out a chevron stripe yet? (Am I the last one to this party?)



54 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is ADORABLE! the colors and pattern are fabulous!!! i wouldn't want to sit on it to hide it's cute top!

Allison@FabRehab said...

So cute! I too, am dying to try Chevron! This is very motivating!

Tote said...

It looks awesome. You are not the last one to try the Chevron stripe.
I hope to get around to it soon.

Susan

NanaDiana said...

Sharon! Love it! I have not tried it yet either...Yours came out perfect! xo Diana

Chrissie said...

Wonderful! I love the chevron stripes and the colors!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

You did great, Megan! You're like an old pro!!!

Megan said...

That is adorable! I love the chevron and the colors! Great job!

Lee Hill Primitives said...

Lovely !Great job.

gail said...

Your bench looks fabulous! I haven't done this pattern "yet"!!! You're really making me want to jump right in.
gail

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

I printed out that same pattern!! I love it! I painted a rug chevron but that's it. This makes me want to find something to paint :) Beautiful job!

molly susan strong said...

THIS IS SO GREAT. I love your creativity! I am so sorry we did not get to visit more the other day at Chartreuse. This is my first linky so I am honored you are my first entry! You are so sweet.

ReFresh ReStyle said...

Love the chevron pattern! It looks awesome!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

No, I haven't tried the stripe yet...but someday! The bench is adorable.

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

It's just perfect! And love the colors~just wish I had enough confidence to do something with tape like this!

xoxo
Kathleen

Katie said...

I love it Sharon!! It looks so good! I adore chevron in any form, and it looks so nice in the grey and white!! Great job!

Emily@LovelyBeasts said...

There's no way that you could have made this bench look any better. The colors and chevron are perfect! And I'm so glad I'm not the only one who distresses to hide not-so-straight paint lines/edges :)

Meg said...

I love the chevron pattern! It turned out awesome! I can't wait to try some more projects with that paint!

Jane said...

You are not the last one to the chevron party....I've been seeing a lot of it but haven't tried it yet.
Your bench looks fabulous. The striping is the perfect touch.
Jane

Iuliana said...

Such a good tutorial. Stopping by from Coastal Charm!

Cute blog too!

Lavender and Lemon Drops said...

Love it! Great job :)

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Good job. Nice color combination.

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Very chic! Nice combination of colors.

-mandy said...

Love it! I have a sqaure coffee table I've been looking at similar to your garage piece! Just waiting for something to hit me! Chevron it is! Thanks for sharing. It's awesome!!

The 21st Century Housewife© said...

Those chevron stripes are SO effective - what a gorgeous job you have done of this table!

Rachel said...

Beautiful and fun. I love chevron a whole lot right now :) Stop by and share at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
I hope to see you soon,
Rachel
http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/08/cure-for-common-monday-6-craft-link.html

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This looks very pretty. Looking fwd to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

A Lived in Home said...

Gotta love chevron! It's beautiful!

Jess@Balancing The Dream said...

i love the chevron pattern and the colors you chose! Great job!

Honey at 2805 said...

Neat redo on your table. I really like the chevron stipes and the color!

Hope you will bring one of your projects to my first Potpourri Friday Party this week - Friday, September 2. Link-up starts on Thursday afternoon. Without a doubt, your participation will help make the party better!

once in a blue moon said...

darling transformation~

very merry vintage style said...

Very nice. I have never used the tape for stripes & chevrons... your project turned out great. Inspires me to give it a go. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday. Mary

HI THERE! said...

Love this bench! I really like the chevron design - something I still haven't gotten around to doing! If you get a chance, I would love it if you could link this up to my party, The Creative Spark. Have a great week!
Jenn :)
www.cleanandscentsible.blogspot.com

Courtney said...

Love the chevron, great trick to use a credit card to really get the tape stuck down!! I've had trouble with paint bleeding lately, now I know what to do!!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

That came out so pretty! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday.

oops! said...

I have not tried to paint the Chevron yet, just used fabric. I have a bench waiting to be painted and it just spoke to me after reading this post! So cute!

Lindsay said...

This is SO fun! I love how you did this--looks pretty easy!

I would love to have you share this at my link party, Show & Share!

http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-3.html

Lyssa at Living Simple in the South said...

Cute table! Love a good table! Thanks for stopping by yesterday :) Happy sewing ;)

Audra @ The Kurtz Corner said...

Super cute, I must make one!! I'd love for you to link up with me at my link party! Hope to see you there :)

http://www.thekurtzcorner.com/2011/08/tuesday-tutorials-link-party-no-4.html

Jessa Smith said...

This is so cute! I love the colors you used!

~Jessa
www.jessajill.blogspot.com

Marie said...

I love the chevron! It turned out so cute! I’d love if you’d come share this at my link party going on right now.
http://mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-3.html

Marie
mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

Rachel~Wildflower Photography Studio and a little bit vintage said...

looks great! :)

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Loving it--grey and white is my favorite these days! Thanks for sharing at Beyond the Picket Fence.

WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

So pretty! The color and the pattern are amazing!

HI THERE! said...

Thanks so much for sharing this at The Creative Spark. I just love it! I tried the Old White on a mirror but didn't really like the color - it looks so much better when paired up with the Paris Grey though! I'll be featuring this on my facebook page. Hope to see you again on Tuesday night!
Jenn :)

Honey at 2805 said...

I am so happy you brought you chevron table buy for a visit!

I'm stopping back by to say Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you and hope you will link up again next week! I'll be looking forward to seeing you!

The Rosegarden in Malevik said...

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Transformations By Jacqueline said...

The Chevron pattern! I didn't try it before... Thanks for the inspiration, let's find some furniture into my storage room!
Looks awesome! Congrats!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Goodness that's nice! You are a furniture makeover diva!

psst... I haven't forgotten. I'm just really bad at sending stuff. :( xo

Donna

Ellen said...

Love the new look, and you did an amazing job.
Hugs,
Ellen who was last to join the party

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

It looks terrific! I really like the color combo, and YOUR bench is the first I've seen with that type of treatment. By the way, you are NOT the last one to this party. I haven't done a chevron design on anything yet either. ;)

Thanks for joining Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you this week.

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Modern Wivelyhood said...

Love this! You did a great job!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

This is soooo sweet and you did a fabulous job on it!! I featured you today in my Crush of the Week post! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/09/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-highlights-2/

Meredith Resnick, M.Ed & MA said...

I LOVE this! I am so Chevron obsessed lately and Chevron furniture was next on my list. You did such a great job!

~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

A Mother Seeking...

This week, "Night Stand Transoformed"

Laurie Jones said...

Apparently you are not the only one on the chevron bandwagon because I posted about my chevron table this week! Love your work!!