DIY Chevron Wall Art Tutorial

Since January is national craft month and 2012’s color of the year is Tangerine Tango, here is a DIY chevron wall art tutorial that honors them both.

Our new house still has a lot of bare walls, so I decided some chevron wall art would be perfect. After consulting a chevron tutorial by Apartment Therapy and Room by Room, I felt ready to roll up my sleeves and get going.

Items Needed:

  • 2 x 4 from Lowe’s or Home Depot
  • Paint tape
  • Gesso
  • Two paint colors of your choice
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

I started by doing a preliminary sketch on a smaller piece of paper to get the measurements scaled out and right.

Gesso your 2 x 4. This will prime your board and prevent the paint from staining into the wood. Gesso is available at Joann’s or your local art supply store.

Once your board is primed, paint the board your neutral color. For my project, I used an Antique White acrylic paint that was on sale for 89 cents. After this paint dries,¬†you can start your measurements. As a right brained creative gal, this was the hardest part for me as it required a more analytical approach than I’m used to.

After you have measured to the best of your ability, lay down the tape. Since your base color is already laid down, you will be taping in order to alternate the color for each stripe. It should look like you’re painting a long stripe, followed by a short stripe that you won’t paint.

Once the board is taped, it should look like this. Note: It’s smart to try to erase as many of the pencil marks as you can, especially if you are painting with lighter colors.

When trying to decide what color I was going to use, I painted some chevron stripes on some blank paper to see what it would look like. Out of the colors I liked including a blush-like mauve, a coral, and tangerine, I went with tangerine. Looking at the tangerine color completely lifted my spirits!

Now the fun part — paint! If you paint outside the lines (as I did), don’t worry. You should have a little leftover paint of your first color that you can touch up afterwards.

Then let the paint dry. Go out for dinner. It will be dry by the time you get back. Once we returned home, the art was rather reminiscent of a Nemo clown fish with its vibrant, tropical colors.

Carefully peel the tape off.


Then hang it somewhere you need a statement.

Have you done a chevron stripe project before? Let me know how it turned out.

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