Steal this Idea*: DIY Chevron

As someone who loves a good tutorial and knows just how much work goes into one, I think its only fair they get a wee bit more attention. Thus, Steal this Idea series is born. Today's tutorial is from Redilocks of Get it Swoonworthy who emailed me after reading last week's feature.

It might be easy to forget that this simple pattern isn't quite so simple to reproduce correctly. The DIY requires a little math. Don't say I didn't warn you. But sometimes a little effort can go a long way.

She took some plain old Ikea shoe racks ...

and made them a statement piece with a little paint and tape.

Check out her detailed instructions here.

Wouldn't this technique look fab on the back of a bookcase or even a floor? And maybe in a striking contrasting color duo like turquoise and candy red? Love.

*When I say steal, I really mean borrow nicely and give proper credit!
**If you have an idea/tutorial you would like me to consider for a feature, email me. I'd love to see!


  1. I love your idea of that design on a floor. I think that it would look great!

  2. I actually painted this design on my subfloor a few weeks ago--I love it so much I'm almost sad to cover it with real floors again.


  3. How funny that I was looking at Stephanie Saabe's & Design Files chevron tuts this morning and deciding if I could do this in the back of my new Billy's from ikea!!
    I'm taking your post as an omen! It must be done!! Maybe not this weekend, but soon!!

  4. This is GREAT, the pattern, the colors. Love the idea of this series! Janell

  5. I was too busy checking out those great boots to notice the even better chavron pattern. I'm amazed at how talented people are.

    P.S. I was inspired by your great dining find and stopped by our local thrift store and picked up a great lamp for $4. I'll be blogging about that soon (I hope).

  6. I just did the same with a thrift store box...

  7. PhillyLass12:39 PM

    Forget the shoe rack-- I'm dizzy with envy over her fabulous shoes!!! Especially the chunky striped ones. Love!!!!

  8. Great look albeit I'm too lazy to attempt it lol.

  9. Thanks Mrs. L for the shout out ;) I'm loving checking out how others have accomplished the same look with various methods... I have to say I am really having to hold myself back from painting every surface in my house with this pattern. I have a feeling my bf would not approve!

  10. it's very cool. i was so happy to have custom shoe cubbies, i'll look at them *walnut stained & plain,* but maybe in the future i'll add a design?

  11. I'm in the middle of a killer renovation. Searching for new ideas. Love your colors!

  12. love this idea! I just did a chevron pattern on a chepo tray I found, but this is taking it to a whole new level!

  13. I want to do this on top of my desk. i'm in love! so great meeting you last night!

  14. I love your idea of that design on a floor. I think that it would look great!



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