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DIY Spray Paint Chevron Table

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Turn an ugly fixer-upper piece of furniture into a bold and beautiful addition to your living room!

I made a big move and had to get rid of a lot of my stuff, which meant getting new stuff at a good price. I found this coffee table at the goodwill for $5, but it was really ugly. I wish I had a “before” picture! My friend and I decided it was a craft just waiting to happen! I had always wanted to try Chevrons, and this was the perfect opportunity!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A fixer-upper table (or other piece of furniture)
  • A sander and matching sand paper
  • Sand paper for the little cracks a sander can’t get to
  • Blue tape. I got 2-inch tape, but you can choose whichever size you like. The smaller the tape the smaller the chevron.
  • Spray paint in two colors of your choice (I went with taupe and white)
  • A clear coat spray paint. I got one that would be water resistant, so I could set cups on there without worrying.

Directions:

  1. Tape off your chevrons on the tableThe table I started with had peeling varnish on it. You want to make sure you sand that off so the spray paint sticks.  Sanding was the most time-consuming part. I don’t have a sander, but luckily my move brought me closer to my parents place. My dad loaned me his sander, which saved a lot of time! There will be little cracks and curves and crannies that you’ll have to use sand paper for, though.
  2. Once it is all sanded down, you’ll want to spray it with your base color. My base color was white. Spray from far away to get a nice even finish.
  3. Now to lay down your blue tape. This is the tricky part. You’ll notice that my chevrons are not perfect. That is because I perfected the art after I started. What you’ll want to do is measure out pieces of tape to be the exact same size. 5 inches is what I ended up going with. Then, as you go along, you’ll lay down each piece of tape corner-to-corner so they overlap and leave a perfect angle.DIY Spray Paint Chevron Table
  4. Take a credit card and carefully smooth down all edges of your tape so the paint won’t bleed. (In the picture to the right you can see that the left upper corner didn’t get smoothed down enough and the paint bled a little.)
  5. Tape off everything else you don’t want to get your secondary color on – sides, legs, etc.
  6. Spray your secondary color. In my case, this was the taupe/brown color I chose.
  7. Once everything has dried, carefully peel off the tape.
  8. Now you’re ready to spray on your clear coat. I wanted to make sure my table was well-protected, so I put on two coats.peel off the blue painters tape

Viola! You now have a beautifully redone table (or other piece of furniture) that you can be proud to show to company!

This was simple once you got past the “how do I lay down the tape?” part. The most fun was peeling off all the paint to reveal the chevrons!

Have fun, and please comment with your trials and errors below, I would love to see what you come up with in terms of colors and different furniture pieces! The possibilities are endless!

DIY Spray Paint Chevron Table

DIY Spray Paint Chevron Table

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No Sew DIY Fourth of July Spray Paint Tank Top

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I am going to what is supposedly the most epic 4th of July party in the history of ever (according to every person who’s been in the years before). It is actually a whole weekend event, so when I saw this tank top on Pinterest I figured I had to make it. Unfortunately the picture didn’t have a tutorial attached, so I decided to wing it. My girlfriend and I got together and picked up a couple boy Ts from the Goodwill and stopped by Joann’s for the rest of the supplies.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A plain white T shirt
  • Blue tape
  • Red and blue spray paint (NOTE: it is way cheaper to buy this somewhere besides a craft store! i.e. Lowes, Fred Meyer…)
  • Star stickers
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut your T shirt how you like (For a easy way to fold it so that everything is even see my “How to fold for even cutting” picture). Be sure to save one of the sleeves you cut off. (If you want more detailed directions on how to cut the shirt look at this DIY tank top tutorial from Dollars, Sense & More.)

    How to fold for even cutting: Match up the shoulder seams and fold in half so it’s folded on the front and back instead of the sides. This way you can cut the neckline evenly and also both sleeves at once instead of worrying about making them even.

    Tape off your shirt

  2. Slide a piece of cardboard inside the shirt. For the red part tape off stripes and make sure to cover up the part you want to make blue. Depending on what kind of stripes you want you’ll spray differently. I went with a more faded look so I sprayed from farther away, while my friend did a more graffitied look. You could also do it more solid if you like. (Keep in mind that the thicker you spray the paint, the stiffer the fabric will be.)

    Faded look

    Graffitied look

  3. After the red has dried, take off only the tape that’s over the section where you want blue and tape over the surrounding red parts. Lay down your star stickers however you like and spray away!

    Put on star stickers

    Tape off surrounding red sections and spray

  4. Take one of the sleeves that was cut off and spray it whatever color you like. I did both red and blue. You’ll cut this and use it to tie the back together.
  5. After everything has dried, take off all the tape. Cut your sleeve piece lengthwise — it can be skinny or thick, depending on the look you like (Mine was about two inches — keep in mind that it will roll a bit). Tie the back together with your extra strip, knotting twice with the knot on the inside. Cut the ends off, leaving enough extra to tuck it into the knot so they don’t show.

    Knot the back together and tuck in the ends

    Graffiti look on the left, faded on the right

Enjoy!

NOTE: You can do any design with this idea. You could do letters or cut out a silhouette and spray paint over those as well. You could do a tank for each holiday! I have also seen fun Pinterest shirts where you spray over a cut-out with bleach instead of spray paint. Have fun with the possibilities!

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