This is a huge weekend for me. This is the first weekend that I will be selling my painted furniture and housewares out of my own booth at Sweet Clover Barn in Frederick, Maryland! (Stop in and see me on Sunday!)
As exciting as it is, I’m super nervous! What if I bomb it and my style doesn’t fit in with what customers are looking for? What if I am super popular but can’t keep up with the demand of the booth between my day job, my 3 kids, and my blog?
There are all the “what-ifs?” swirling through my mind. But one foot in front of the other is all I can do to making my dream and goal of becoming a full-time blogger/artist a reality!
Chevron Painted Stand
So to get ready for the booth, I’ve been making a mad dash to gather enough small inventory, like this plant stand from the thrift store that’s just been collecting dust in the corner.
After a little bit of chalk paint, it now looks like this:
I’m sorry about the unusually crappy pictures. But I snapped these real quick before shoving it into my van to say “buh-bye” tomorrow to go to the booth. No time to make it look pretty 🙂
What a perfect plant stand to try out this new tape!
Here’s How I Did It
First, I painted the stand in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Cream color. It’s such a soft off-white, almost-yellow type of color!
Then I unfolded the chevron tape, applying it equal distance from each other. It’s very easy to align, and you can make the stripes as skinny or fat as you like.
After I applied the tape, I painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite, 2 coats. According to the instructions, you’re supposed to remove the tape as soon as you’ve painted, and you’re also supposed to let the base paint color totally try before you apply it.
It also looked like the paint caused the chevron to get a little “wrinkley,” if you can see in the pic below. I can see how you’d want to remove it ASAP for best results! The tape is not meant to just sit there with paint on it, the way you can do with blue painter’s tape or something.
How to Make Chevron EASY and Non-Chipping
I told my friend Jodi about the chipping, and the same thing had happened to her! She’d even let the base color dry a full 24 hours and she still got chipping!
Jodi had a good tip:
Before applying FrogTape chevron design tape, try to wax the piece first to see if that protective coat keeps the paint from chipping!
Great idea, Jodi!
In the meantime, I just repainted over it.
And VOILA! The stand is DONE!
Now it’s off to Sweet Clover on Thursday evening! Hoping for a sale so that all this “work” doesn’t feel like it was “for nothin'” 🙂