Have you noticed that chevrons are everywhere? I went to Target today and there was this cute dress in chevron and then a few aisles over there were some dishes with it... and there were some shoes too! And yes, I may have been wandering through Target ... and no, there is not a thing wrong with that. Chevron is huge this spring, it's like the print of spring. It could for this reason that I've been toying with it for Macie's new room. I'm not sure if I am really willing to commit to a whole wall though. For those of you that don't know (and that could be a lot of you since I don't think I've mentioned this before - sorry!), we are moving right back into our old house that we moved out of two years ago. I am planning on doing some updating, but for the most part, we'll stick everything back on the walls and it will look like we never left -- except we'll have a small little person running through the house that wasn't there before. That little person needs a room ( FKA the guest room) so it means decorating! Now that you're all caught up, back to Macie's room. I keep going back and forth with how I should tackle her room and chevron keeps coming to mind. Pinterest isn't helping matters. Have you seen all the chevron on there? It's all over the place. After perusing some of the ideas, I started to see some themes, one was canvas art - something I could get on board with.
After seeing a bunch of different canvas ideas (these are just a few - seriously search chevron, you'll find bunches), I decided to give a canvas a shot. It seemed perfect because if I don't love it, I don't have a whole wall to repaint. I like the sound of that! Keeping in mind that I am sort of hampered by my lack of supplies these days, I got out what I had and went to work.
I taped off four chevron shapes with some masking tape onto a 16 x 20 canvas (yes, I know my taping isn't perfect) and then got out some blue metallic acrylic paint and started painting with the world's smallest paint brush. For some reason all my brushes are missing and I was left with the baby brush. Realizing that I only had one nap time to paint the canvas and not all the nap times for the rest of Macie's life, I needed a new plan. I had been toying with a more distressed chevron look and started looking around for new supplies. That's when genius struck. Well, genius could be a bit extreme, but it was a good idea! I got a paper towel and dipped it into the paint and then brushed the paint down the canvas. As I got closer to the bottom of the canvas, the paint got lighter and it gave the canvas a little bit of a more rustic, casual, I just don't care, look. After painting the canvas, I took the tape off to survey my chevrons and did a tad of touching up here and there.
For the last touches on the canvas, I added an M with a paint pen and a butterfly. The M is for Macie and I have been told "it wasn't my best M" by someone I will allow to remain nameless (the only other person that talks in my family). I probably should have printed an M off and traced it, but you see, I don't have a printer hooked up so ..... I digress. The butterfly is a vinyl wall art butterfly from Macie's nursery in Maryland. I saved one butterfly on a piece of paper so we could bring it with us. I wanted to make sure she had a part of her room, okay so maybe I wanted a part of her room since it was her first house that we brought her home to and her very first room that I
neurotically carefully decorated. Either way, I saved the butterfly and decided to add it to the canvas.
I really like the metallic paint in this, it adds a fun shine to the canvas when the light hits it. I know my chevrons aren't perfect, but since I'm calling it a "casual chevron" I'm happy with it! This will be the perfect thing to kick start my mind on Macie's new room and help me figure out how brave I'm going to be with the walls.
What about you? Have you jumped into the chevron craze??