Ions (or is it Eons?) ago, I spotted a black & white chevron tray that I thought was fab! I'm pretty sure it was Oscar de la Renta which means it was totally out of my budget but I've kept it tucked away in my memory since I really adored it.
Found a picture! Chevron print tray by Oscar de la Renta
Anywho, whenever I'm at the Dollar Store I notice these thin un-finished wood trays that they sell for $1.25 and I finally decided yesterday to try and recreate the chevron print on it.
I started with the unfinished tray:
And painted it white:
Not bad at all...
When I couldn't remember where I'd put my painters tape I knew this would end up being a trial run but still had high hopes for it. So I used masking tape and attempted to tape out a chevron print. This is MUCH harder than it looks. Note to self - find a chevron stencil for the next attempt!
Then I painted it black:
And after about 10 minutes (I was totally impatient) I removed the tape and voila:
Now, in the above photo it might not look too bad & in-person from a few feet away it's not. But get in close and you notice where the black paint seeped under the tape in some spots:
Yup. I just posted that horrible DIY pic. Proof that I'm not the Queen DIYer - but that doesn't stop me from trying! (and it shouldn't stop you!) All-in-all, despite that pic, it's not too bad. I may just touch it up with some white paint but the perfectionist in me knows I'll just do it again. It was easy and quick...and cheap. $1.25 people! And for those of you wondering where you might use it - because the wood is not that strong I wouldn't use it for heavy stuff - but you can use it anywhere where you need to keep small things together. Like on a console near the entryway for keys, iPods and glasses. Or on top of the toilet with a nice candle and bathroom stuff, or on your coffee table for remotes, on your desk with a nice glass holding pencils/pens and other office-y stuff...tons of possibilities!