Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"I just want it to look like Charlie Brown's shirt!"-- My DIY Chevron painted pegboard

I have been wanting to paint my pegboard for my kitchen for awhile, but the weather wasn't cooperating! Our weather patterns have been so weird! Originally when I was planning out this project my plan was to make or buy a spoon stencil (I have kind of a utensil theme going on in my kitchen). It seemed the easiest for a hestitant DIY'er, but I wasn't totally in love with the idea. Inspiration struck-- what if I paint my pegboard a black and whiteish chevron? As I started contemplating what would need to happen... there were very few actual supplies that I needed to buy. A lot of it I had gotten for free or we had left over from all of our other house projects. I am not always a huge planner when it comes to my projects, and for this particular project I learned how not to paint a chevron pegboard. Those moments of frustration is where the the quote/ title of this post came from. Materials: pegbord- My pegboard came from my grandparents' house. My grandpa had made it to hold his tools or something. There are actually two pieces of pegboard attached to a regtangular frame made out of what look like 2by2s or smaller. I don't really know... and I wasn't going to take it apart. primer- I prefer latex primer (It dries in about and hour and doesn't stink as bad) I got a little can because we were all out, and don't have that many priming projects coming up. Paint- We had a leftover gallon for the bathroom. The color is called white on white. I use Dutch Boy Dura Clean (because it washes up so nice! Even if it is just a painting whoops) The Chevron stripes are called Black Magic (I think) I just got a little tester tub because my pegboard isn't that big, and what in the world would I do with a quart of black paint? painters tape- whatever width you prefer... I prefer wide blue and I think it have a nice contrast... roller brush, 2 roller covers, 2 pan liners- The normal size rollers/ pans etc. were used to prime and paint the first coat. Mini roller and extra rollers- This seriously was the best investment I made for this project... It made it so easy to paint the stripes and the whole little contraption only cost around $3.00. I didn't use the extra roller covers, but I now have them on hand for any little project I have in mind. Exacto Knife or Utility knife- I used a utility knife. Don't push very hard! I am going to show the pictures next and if you are interested I will give a step by step explanation of what I did with each picture below. (Technically Step 1): I set up my sawhorses while my incredibly strong husband lugged my pegboard from the shed. Step 1: Prime the the top and sides of the pegboard. Wait for it to dry (approximately 1 hour) Step 2: Paint on your base coat to the top, sides, and bottom part not being covered by the sawhorses. (I have 2 very classy stripes on the back of mine from where it was resting on the sawhorses...) After painting all of the sides make sure to smooth everything out so that there are not funny ridges in the middle of you board taht you didn't notice right away. Step 2b: After the base coat is dry, apply a second base coat to ensure that your pegboard is evenly covered and disguises the previously mentioned ridges. Step 3: Step 3 is what took the majority of the day, I knew how I wanted the design to look, but I didn't find tons of helpful posts, unless you were painting a wall. After trying a lot of different ways, and being super frusturated I just googled how to paint cheveron and a really helpful video was discovered. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V1LMRfxW5Q That video saved me from disaster! I knew the size of my board because I had measured it countless times trying to get the pattern to work. After watching the video I made myself a template and started taping it off with painters tape. to get the next zigzag pattern you have 2 shorter pieces of tape that you keep moving to act as your guides so you get the width and consistency that you want. After I got started I just flew through the taping. The part that takes the longest is using your exacto or utility knife to create the crisp points for your design. It is putsy, but it is totally worth taking your time with it. Step 4: After you have your painters tape ready to go, make sure you press down on the tape to make sure that it is secure. Then comes the fun part! You get to paint on your contrasting color. I found out with black that it is best to just go one direction with a foam roller. If you go over it more than once you don't get as great of coverage. Since it is a dark color, the black will need more than one coat. Make sure that the paint dries completely before doing a second coat. After the second coat had dried, I did go over some spots that looked like they needed more coverage. Step 5: You will want to carefully start pulling up tape on your pegboard when it is mostly dry, but still a little tacky. The reason for this is that you don't want the painters tape to get stuck or to rip up more paint (I did have that happen.) Step 6: Bask in the glory of your completed project! Honestly I giggled a little bit. :)
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