4.18.2011

Printable Chevron Pattern

Ever since I tried my hand at painting a quatrefoil pattern, I've been eager to try another pattern. This time I decided to go with chevron (which I totally love right now!).

 I had the hardest time looking for a template. There are lots of great tutorials on how to create your own chevron template, but I wanted something I could just print out and start using right away. But to my knowledge, none exist!

I ended up creating my own, and I'm providing it here in case anyone can use it for their own project. You can download the printable chevron template here

The latest victim of one of my painting episodes? This tray that I picked up at a local thrift store for $0.50.
   I think it's seen better years.  :)

To paint the tray, I first spray painted it Krylon Almond (I'm currently obsessed with this color). Next, I took out my handy dandy chevron template and traced around it. After you trace it the first time, you simply move the template to one of the sides, lining up the edges as you go. Eventually, you will end up with something like this. 

Lastly, you fill in every other one with paint. Truth be told, I messed this up the first time by painting two side-by-side. How did I mess that up?! It's my lack of attention to detail. haha! I had to re-spray paint and then re-trace the template. It's all good now, though.

And now ladies (and gentlemen?) for the final product:

By the way, I painted the chevron pattern with a Folk Art opalescent acrylic paint. It's also a good idea to seal the pattern in by covering the entire piece with a coat of polyurethane.

Thanks for looking! Please please let me know if you use the template I made. I would love to see your work, and possibly feature it here. 



9 comments:

  1. Oh my, I love it! We are chevron lovers together! I love your blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. I love the chevron pattern too. I did it to a table runner of mine. It really makes the project pop! I love how it turned out!

    ~Jessa
    www.jessajill.blogspot.com

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  3. Oh that is SO beautiful! Thanks for this!

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  4. Very cute! I keep looking for a tray at Goodwill, but have yet to find one. BTW...I am going attemp to do your quatrefoil design on the top of my desk (if it will stop snowing and I can get the darn thing sanded and primed/painted). I'll let you know when it's finished!☺

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  5. ooOOOO I love the chevron pattern! nicely done!

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  6. Great idea! Love the chevron pattern!
    ~Amanda

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  7. Great tutorial, I love this and will definitely borrow your template. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  8. This was a great post! I'm saving that chevron download- I'm sure it will come in handy!
    Thanks for following my blog and for the funny comment! I loved it!

    http://gardenberger.blogspot.com

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  9. I used the template.....not the best pics & I still need to do some sanding for a more distressed look, but I had to thank you! you saved me from having to buy a stencil & the waiting for it to come in the mail. sometimes you just HAVE to paint something. right. this. minute. http://pinterest.com/pin/28190169/

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Thanks for your kind comments!