Feb 15, 2013

China Cabinet gets a dose of Chevron Stripes

From the moment I saw the Chevron Stripe design emerging on Pinterest, I knew I would have to incorporate it into our home someway, somehow. The sharp and fun design just always appealed to me.

So finally, this Monday, I thought of the subject that would be the perfect proud object to display my latest whim and obsession: my china cabinet.

I'm very fond of this little beauty because of its history. It was passed down to me by my Uncle and Aunt, who were their owners when I was just a little girl. I remember visiting their home on various stages of my life and silently admiring this piece of furniture. I remember thinking to myself that I would want something like that in my home when I was "all grown up".

Well, I'm all grown up now (I think?) and so very thankful that my Aunt and Uncle thought of me when  giving this gem away.

This is the only picture I could find of what it used to look like before I started tweaking it:

Try to look past the little cutie of the house...the china cabinet is in the background. At this point all I had done was paint the interior a cream color.

And it's looked like this since then, until......

I painted it in the same Antique White paint as my cabinets:




And this is where our chevron stripe story continues...

On Monday, I just decided that chevron stripes would look stunning in the background of this china cabinet.
So, like with all my other projects, I got to work right away.

Here's what I did:

To make my chevron stripe stencil, I cut a mat I had laying around like so...




Then I cut that piece in half and then to the size I wanted my chevron stripe to be and taped the two ends like this.

On to the drawing:

I apologize for not having more pictured of this step...Every time I worked on this my project mate (hubby) was either sleeping (because it was so late), or at work, so I didn't have anyone to take pictures of me drawing it.


I simply placed my stencil, like so, and lightly outlined it with a pencil.
Then I would place the mold next to the previous outlining and repeat...over and over and over again.....to all 4 shelves!!!
When I was finished with this part, I realized I messed up towards the end of each stripe (I drew it longer upwards then it should go) so I had to correct that mistake...I was not a happy outliner! 
I traced it so lightly that you could barely see the design in this photo!


Let the taping begin (and seem like it would never end!):

Here I have one whole stripe taped off! The first one took the longest but once I got a hang of the process it went by a little faster. Just a little..haha!
As you can see I got a little impatient and had to paint just a tad bit of it to see the color...this would keep me motivated to continue the rest of the stripes..

And here is one whole shelf all taped! I was very happy at this point.
And check out the little cutie showing off her taping skills!!

I decided to paint that shelf before finishing off the taping on the rest of the shelves..haha!


And I was so happy I did! This kept me motivated to finish the rest of the shelves!

Here is another shelf all taped off..

And another....my excitement grew with each taped off shelf! Mostly because I wanted the taping to be over!
Yay! All taping officially done! I was so doing the happy dance right about now!!

I happily finished painting the remainder 3 shelves...this was the easiest and funnest part!


After 2 coats of paint and after I carefully removed all the tape, this is what my eyes beheld...
Love it!






The stripes give it what it needed most: character.







                                      

I am so happy with my little project! And now I want to go out and buy (and make) all new decor items to place inside it!
Whoever said that painting chevron stripes is an easy peasy project is either a pro or nuts! This baby tested my sanity. I've painted vertical stripes on one whole wall before, but that was a hoot compared to this! I cannot imagine doing this to a whole wall!! But if you've done that before, my hat goes off to you!

And in case you are wondering, the paint I used was Behr's Prelude in Satin finish. I absolutely love this grayish blue color against the antique white! It just gives it a fresh feel without being "modern overdose".

Will I be doing another chevron stripe design in my future? Who knows...it's kind of like giving birth...now that I see it in all it's prettiness, I seem to forget all the work it was!

What color decor accessories do you think would go well with these colors? 



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33 comments:

Leslie Germain said...

That looks like a lot of work but it is beautiful. I love chevrons. Thanks for sharing, Selene. Found you on the Pin me Linky party.
Leslie
www.thememorynest.blogspot.com

Hanzy ReginaPhalange said...

You're insanely talented in the home decor section, seriously love the ideas! x

Selene Galindo said...

Hi Leslie, thanks for stopping by! It was a lot of work but totally worth it in the end! I'm off to check out your blog right now!!

Selene Galindo said...

Thanks Hanzy!! I've always loved home decor but just last year started to DIY almost everything! Haha! Thanks for always reading and commenting on my blog..I really appreciate your support :)

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

This is awesome! I really love the colors and esp. how you made your stencil, clever! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

Selene Galindo said...

Thank you Mindi! I really enjoy your blog!

Suzan Sweatman said...

It looks amazing ( I just finished a chevron table - love love love this pattern )
What a pop it brings to your buffet!!!
Definitely your newest follower - visiting from Life on Lakeshore Drive -
Would love a follow back when you have the time!
XXX

Sarah said...

What a commitment to this project...but your vision was realized! The dimension the pattern gives this cabinet is amazing. Beautiful! I am so glad to have found your lovely blog!

Maria Dolores Lopez Godoy said...

Wow your blog and your work is wonderful, congratulations and kisses from Spain.

http://redecoratelg.blogspot.com.es/

Selene Galindo said...

Hi Suzan! Welcome to Restoration Beauty!! And thank you! I love this pattern too! I will go and check out your blog tonight when I get back from church (heading out in a bit). Thanks for the follow!

Selene Galindo said...

Thank you Sarah! I'm glad you enjoyed this post and blog!! You are welcome anytime!

Selene Galindo said...

Thank you Maria! So glad to have you on here...all the way from Spain...super cool! I'm going to check out your blog as soon as I get home from church.

Kathie SassyLittleLady said...

That sounds like it was a lot of work but it looks amazing!

Kathie
http://www.sassylittlelady.com

Selene Galindo said...

Thank you Kathie! And thanks for stopping by to check out my blog :)

Kathy Moody said...

Selene, your china cabinet is amazing!! Wow, you did a great job. You can't go wrong with chevron, and yours looks perfect. I know that took awhile. I just pinned it. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I love seeing your latest and greatest projects. Have a wonderful week.

Hugs
Kathy

Selene Galindo said...

Thanks Kathie!! I just love chevron stripes; I couln't contain it much longer!! Thanks for pinning it too, that's awesome! You have a nice week too!!

Michelle @ yagottahaveahobby said...

All that hard work was worth it--that is GORGEOUS. I just love chevron.

Selene Galindo said...

Thank you Michelle! And thanks for stopping by!

The Joyful Thrifter said...

What a fantastic job you did!!! Just lovely!

Smiles,
The Joyful Thrifter

Selene Galindo said...

Thanks so much! And thanks for stopping by!

Marie bloominghomestead said...

I love it! It added the perfect touch. I just bought a hutch I can't wait to redo. I would love for you to link this up to my party.
http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2013/02/crafty-tuesday-link-party-21913.html
-Marie

Selene Galindo said...

Hi Marie! Thank you so much! It would be my pleasure to link up to your party!! I'm off to go do that right now! Thanks again!

Kristina Brusso said...

Hi Selene! Kristina here from www.ourlittlehome98208.com ~ following back :) Love the change overall with your china hutch! Looks fabulous!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

I love it! Such a pretty transformation! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.

Marie bloominghomestead said...

I'll be featuring this in my weekend party highlight post! Thanks for linking up.

Selene Galindo said...

Thanks Diana! It was my pleasure linking up!

Selene Galindo said...

Hi Marie! It was my pleasure linking up:) And thanks, that would be awesome!!

Anonymous said...

I know you mentioned the Behr prelude grayish blue color that you used for painting the chevron stripes, but would you mind sharing what the paint colors were called that you used on the entire cabinet and on the inner wall? Thanks! I have a cabinet that looks just like this one and I was trying to decide how to paint it as I didn't like the dark wood any more:)

Selene Galindo said...

Hi! Of course I wouldn't mind! The actual china cabinet was painted in Behr's Primer and Paint in 1 in Antique White (Satin Finish). The inside of the cabinet...it was so long ago, I don't quite remember. But it is very close to the Antique White color used for the actual cabinet. Hope this helps :)

Amy said...

great tutorial! Love how it turned out!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Amy! I know you are into chevron stripes too!!

Shandy said...

Hi Selene! My Liebster Award post is up, and I featured your china cabinet :) You can see it here: http://aprons-n-pearls.blogspot.com/2013/03/liebster-award.html

Feel free to pick up a featured at button from my sidebar. Have a great day!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

I loved reading it and getting to know you! We have a lot in common! Thanks for doing it and thank you for the feature! Have a lovely weekend!