diy: chevron tray

To corral all of the COFFEE RELATED CRAP in the kitchen I made a gold chevron tray. I wanted something simple so made oversized zig-zags. The other reason I want something pretty for the coffee stuff is that thanks to my friend Anna I bought an electric milk froth-er. I’m going to make thousands of espresso drinks on our trip to St. Lucia (the milk froth-er is coming with us).  Pre-safari latte is where it’s at.

1 white tray
gold spray paint
over sized masking tape

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DIY: Chevron Stool (and how not to make the mistake I did)

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Normally, I find some DIY inspiration and when I make it comes out exactly as I planned it. This stool is a bit rough around edges (er…literally) as a result of not following the most important rule of spray painting, which is to spray paint many thin layers from 12 inches away. If you avoid my mistake yours won’t turn out so sloppy-looking.

So my friend Clare and I are having a little chevron obsession at the moment. She just ordered a chevron iPhone case and I pinned a chevron baby blanket (no babies for at least 4 years don’t get excited mom worry) on Pinterest. So while we were doing our entryway I decided that I needed some chevron in my life right NOW. So I turned a 12 dollar stool from my NYC apartment (edit: according to my friend Jeroen- “not just any old stool…Alvar Aalto’s E60 stool, classic Finnish design from 1933”) into a chevron stool.

You will need:

-An old stool or small table top

-white spray paint

-black or whatever color your please (gold??) spray spaint

-painting tape or masking tape

-a tarp

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Here is the method in a couple short sentences: Spray paint your stool or table white. Remember light strokes from 12 inches away. Many layers are better than a few thick layers. Let dry over night. Using your masking tape, tape the chevron pattern. Covering the legs with plastic, spray paint with your second coat. My mistake was here and crucial- I sprayed the black about 3 inches away from the surface thinking the masking tape would save the white layer. Well it didn’t and the black dripped. Too bad, so sad but yours can turn out  professional looking if you’re not a tired doofus like me. I’m still going to use it even if though it’s brought a chevron-y zebra vibe to the house.