No, no, no…I know what you’re thinking. I am NOT pregnant. A friend of mine is expecting a boy and had these wooden letters for months intending to paint them. As her due date steadily approached and the letters remained as bare as ever, I offered to do it so she’d have one less thing to worry about.
They have a subtle chevron theme in his nursery, so she requested a chevron pattern for one of the letters. I have to admit, after this chevron wall painting experience with my sister-in-law, I was a bit apprehensive. But thankfully, I managed to come up with a pretty easy way to do it. A stencil would have been very easy, but I’m cheap and don’t like to spend money if I don’t have to. Plus, it’s hard to keep stencils from bleeding and I wanted perfectly crisp lines!
First, I painted the middle letter white and the outside letters solid blue.
Then I found a chevron pattern online that looked to be about the right scale, and drew my own chevron using those measurements. (Draw the grid first, then the diagonal lines.) If my printer had any ink, I would have just printed one out instead. I cut out a few rows of chevron (I wouldn’t have had to draw so much, but I was initially thinking of doing it a different way.) Then I overlapped several rows of painter’s tape on wax paper, traced some chevron rows onto the tape, and cut them out.
I peeled them off the wax paper and carefully placed them on the letter, using the paper chevron row as a spacer (and measuring before really sticking it down.)
I cut the tape in the middle of the H and stuck it down to the sides so it wouldn’t be in the way, and then put a plain piece of paper over the whole thing and burnished the edges with a credit card.
Then just to make sure the blue paint didn’t bleed under the edges and ruin the whole thing, I painted a coat of white over the whole letter with a small foam roller, being especially careful to get it into the edges of the tape.
Once that was dry, I painted two coats of blue with the foam roller, let it dry to the touch, peeled the paint off very slowly and carefully, did a few tiny touch ups where the blue paint peeled up with the tape (but the blue didn’t bleed at all!), and ta-da!
They turned out so cute, and now I’m pretty convinced I need some chevron letters of my own some day! And no, by chevron letters I do not mean a baby. I know that’s what you were thinking!
After she got the letters back, she sent me this picture of them in the nursery. They have alpacas (how cool is that?!) so, of course, they had to have a few alpaca things in the room, including stuffed animals, a book, and a teddy bear made of alpaca wool. Cutest thing ever, I swear.
Such an easy project and I think they look perfect in his room. I can’t wait to meet the little mister!