DIY Chevron Risers
September 18, 2012
We're taking a quick break to delve into our latest and greatest SMP at Home feature – a surprise party with a mega dose of sparkle and some of the cutest DIY projects tucked under its wings. If you missed it, grab a cozy seat and delve into this four parter (part I, part II, part III, part IV and the gallery too!) And now on to the craft making festivities. Consider this DIY the ultimate workhorse for uber fabulous, fool proof displays. Whether that display be a bar cart like below or a scrumptious dessert spread, these Chevron Risers make everything a whole lot more glamorous.
Supplies Needed:

unfinished wooden boxes (can be found at an arts & crafts store)
fine sandpaper
blue painter's tape
white gloss spraypaint
black gloss spraypaint
exacto knife
white paint pen
black paint pen
chevron template


1. Print out our chevron template ( it can be printed on 11x17 paper, and is the size of 3/4" painter's tape). Cut out the chevron to use as a guide. You can also trace it onto stiffer paper or laminate it to make it last longer.

2. Sand down any rough areas of your boxes and wipe off any sawdust with a dry towel.

3. Set up a large piece of cardboard outside to spray paint the boxes white. When spraypainting, keep a distance of about 8" to ensure that you won't get any drips. Do several light coats instead of one heavy coat. Let dry.

4. Use the chevron template to guide you while applying the painter's tape. Rip off small sections of tape and apply in the chevron tape - it is okay if it overlaps. When you're done taping, go back with a ruler and use your exacto knife to trim the edges of your tape until all the edges are clean. Press down the edges of your tape firmly so that no paint gets under the edges!

5. Take the boxes back to the cardboard and spray paint black. It is extra important not to spray too close so that you don't have paint leaking under the edges of the tape. Do a few coats until your are satisfied with the coverage, and let dry.

6. Peel off the tape (this part is really fun!) and reveal your beautiful chevron pattern. Use the paint pens and the ruler to touch up any parts where the paint leaked through the tape edges, and you're done!
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Event Photography: Justin Marantz / Design and Styling: Abby Larson & Jess Blazejewski of Style Me Pretty