Friday, May 17, 2013

Chevron closet Door Tutorial

My favorite part of the teenage bedroom project I recently completed was the chevron closet door project. Let me show you how I did it.

This is what I started with. There was all kinds of texture that needed to be sanded.

Then I put 2 coats of primer on just to be safe.

Next came the taping. This was my first attempt with frog tape. That stuff is Amazing! Run and get some for yourself, you won't regret it.

I decided to make my stripes 6 inches with one peak on each door. 

I couldn't wait to pull off that frog tape. Guess what? No bleeding. It worked perfectly.

Then the purple stripe. EEEE! Perfect.

I thought the lines looked a little to crisp. So I sanded a little more.

Here it is all done and hung in the room.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Going Retro with Art

I was cruising Pinterest the other day, who am I kidding I'm on Pinterest every day, and I saw some string art. If you're old enough, you remember string art from the 70s along with macrame and others from that era. I thought it looked cool. The picture I saw was a custom name plaque. I thought I would try my hand at some.

I had the perfect little client, my 1.5 year old nephew, that it would work for.

He has this cute little quilt and I thought the whale would be perfect. I put in a call to my MIL. She's a whiz at patterns, so I thought she'd be the perfect helper for this project.

The board was selected. I was going for a bit rustic, but it needed a little somethin' somethin'. So I tested a wash on the back. It looked great so I decided to go for it.

My MIL blew up the whale, printed it and marked all nail spots.  She actually did it twice because I originally told her I wanted it 3feet by 4 feet. That was way toooo big. Big Fail!! We settled on 2X3 instead.

We nailed and we nailed and we nailed, then we nailed some more. Seriously it was a lot of nails.

I thought it looked pretty good with just the nails. Then we started winding string.

And winding...

And winding some more.

 I'm hooked! I want to string art everything. It looks great on my little nephew's wall. Many thanks to my MIL Nila Szweda for all the help.
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