It all started with this little piece…(the madness, that is)
A friend which I have painted several pieces for over the years requested this specific design for her teen daughter. I must admit that I have a love/hate relationship with the Chevron pattern. Mostly because I am cheap and refuse to purchase a reusable stencil. Instead, I do it the old-fashioned way using a calculator, tape measure, straight edge and tons of painters tape.
I painted the body of the table with Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and the chevron is ASCP Paris Grey. Yep, those are my toes…obviously my love for paint doesn’t follow over to my toe nails.
Anyhoo…Yes, a stencil would be great…but I love to torture myself. It makes me feel as if I’m a “hard worker”…lol
So…after feeling rewarded by my awesome mathematical accomplishment, I decided that I would take the easy route on the next couple of pieces and paint plain old stripes. I will warn you that sometimes I get a little
obsessed, stuck, okay…so, I can beat a style to death sometimes. That might be what happened in this scenario. I was going for the surprise inside effect on this one. It’s Annie Sloan Pure White as the main color and Napoleonic Blue and Pure White stripe on the sides of the drawer.
then…I made these signswhich launched another obsession…
anchors…help it’s out of control…nope, false alarm that just the creative juices starting to kick in…and wah-la… just like that, the idea hits me for this sad little piece that had occupied valuable space in my garage.
The idea? You guessed it… Stripes and anchors and baskets which turned out like this…
The stripes are Country Grey and Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I removed the drawer pulls and used rope for drawer pulls. I removed one of the drawers which was broken and reused it as a wall hook with dock cleats for the hooks. While I was painting the blue piece, this is the dialog that occurred in my over active brain…
“ooh we should go to Tybee Island over the summer…ohh I should name this group Tybee Beach.”
At this point I’m pretty sure a squirrel ran by and distracted me for half a second and then I was back to
stripping. No, no I meant striping…in my clothes. I don’t paint naked. Although, I have witnesses it before, but that’s another story.
Anyway, stripes were on everything at this point …and anchors. Don’t forget the anchors.
(The table is Pure White with Country Grey stripes)
Then I painted this cute little shelf with ASCP Pure White and Paris Grey and made a matching jewelry hanger out of an old frame and knobs that I had. It was instantly snapped up by another of my favorite teens.
So after a couple of days of seeing stripes, another friend saw the chevron table and mentioned that her teenage daughter loved it and that she had a 4 poster bed in her garage that maybe I could do something with. I asked her to describe her daughters style. Get this…she said the walls are Tiffany blue and she has black and white Marilyn Monroe posters.
I instantly saw this…in my head. Btw…that doesn’t always happen that quickly, but when it does, it usually continues to happen over and over with the same pattern, which led to this…
which had been in my dressing room since I closed our last store …but it looked like this… and I couldn’t figure out why I was bored with it. Now I know why…it just needed a little chevron therapy.
So that is how the Chevron and Stripe madness ended…just like that. Not really. It’s still happening, but I’m hiding all the other pieces that I’ve painted that way, just so you don’t think I’ve completely lost my mind.
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btw…I have some really big news to share with y’all very soon.