Hot Trend of 2011... Chevron





I think THE pattern of this past year has been in the form of a Chevron.  I don't see this going away any time soon.  It can be used in many different forms ranging from dramatic to soft, traditional to contemporary.  Take a look at these Chevron Inspirations & then check out my DIY Tutorial for Chevron Painted Drapery Panels!

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As you can see from the images above, chevrons come in all shapes & sizes.  I am a fan of the large dramatic chevrons & felt inspired to make my own drapery panels.  Here's how:

What you need:
Drapery Panels (Premade or fabric of your choice)
Painter's Tape
Paint
Roller

I have had really inexpensive white drapery panels from IKEA hanging up for a while.  Not what I originally wanted, but I had them.  I figured it wouldn't be a huge loss if this project didn't work out... But luckily it was a success!  

To achieve the chevron pattern you need a little patience... I followed these tutorials found at Apartment Therapy & Kristen F. Davis Designs  They were a big help on the first panel & I was thrilled when I found out I could overlay the drapery panels & still see the tape lines.  I used this method to "trace" with tape the remainder of the panels.  This helped speed up the process.

Phone Photo... Sorry for the quality.

For the paint I used a gallon of Sherwin Williams latex paint that was left over from a previous project.    Yes, I used wall paint.  (TIP: The paint was originally blue, I took it to Sherwin Williams & they were able to add black tint to make it a deep navy.  FOR FREE!  As long as you are not expecting a specific color match they can add tint to lighten or darken your old paint depending on the original base color.)

I applied the paint to the drapery panels in every other stripe with a large foam roller.  The fabric does soak up a lot of the paint, but I only had to do one coat.


I hung them up while they were still a little damp.  Allowing them to dry in the folds I wanted.  Your final stripes will be a tad stiff, but I find that this gave my cheap cotton drapes the structure they needed.  It isn't something that anyone would ever notice unless they go up & grab them.

I am in LOVE with my latest DIY.  The only money spent was $6 & some change for a new paint roller.  Are you brave enough to embrace the Chevron?  

Cheers- K










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10 comments:

  1. Kristin... your drapes are stunning! Um... $6... I might be brave enough to embrace the Chevron! Thanks for including all of the extra tips, too! Love it!

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  2. Super cute idea! Your drapes look beautiful.

    Dee

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  3. Hi, I think I've just pinned 1/2 your blog site pictures! lol Great stuff! Can't wait to see what 2012 will bring!

    --Katie
    www.blah2beautiful.blogspot.com
    Creatively Living

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  4. those look amazing! i love the size of the pattern you created.

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  5. Thanks for the kind words everyone! I LOVE my chevron drapes too ;)

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  6. I love your curtains! I have incorporated a lot of chevron in my home, now I'm thinking curtains too! : )

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  7. Nice drapes. I like the chunky chevron.

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  8. I just found your beautiful blog on pinterest. I also painted my Ikea curtains last year but in horizontal stripes and homemade fabric paint.
    This makes me want to also paint chevron curtains! Love it!
    Question: Have you tried to wash the curtains yet? I'm really interested in finding out how latex wall paint on fabric looks after washing. And I have also been wondering if it would be possible to mix the fabric medium that I used into the latex paint instead of the required acrylic paint?

    http://cuckoo4design.blogspot.com/2012/03/another-horizontal-striped-curtain-diy.html

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I always love feedback on what my lovely readers { like you } are thinking. Feel free to ask any questions or you can always email me at thehuntedinterior@gmail.com

K

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