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.