I think THE pattern of this past year has been in the form of a Chevron.  I don’t see this going away any time soon.  It can be used in many different forms ranging from dramatic to soft, traditional to contemporary.  Take a look at these Chevron Inspirations & then check out my DIY Tutorial for Chevron Painted Drapery Panels!
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As you can see from the images above, chevrons come in all shapes & sizes.  I am a fan of the large dramatic chevrons & felt inspired to make my own drapery panels.  Here’s how:
What you need:
Drapery Panels (Premade or fabric of your choice)
Painter’s Tape
Paint
Roller
I have had really inexpensive white drapery panels from IKEA hanging up for a while.  Not what I originally wanted, but I had them.  I figured it wouldn’t be a huge loss if this project didn’t work out… But luckily it was a success!  
To achieve the chevron pattern you need a little patience… I followed these tutorials found at Apartment Therapy & Kristen F. Davis Designs  They were a big help on the first panel & I was thrilled when I found out I could overlay the drapery panels & still see the tape lines.  I used this method to “trace” with tape the remainder of the panels.  This helped speed up the process.
Phone Photo… Sorry for the quality.
For the paint I used a gallon of Sherwin Williams latex paint that was left over from a previous project.    Yes, I used wall paint.  (TIP: The paint was originally blue, I took it to Sherwin Williams & they were able to add black tint to make it a deep navy.  FOR FREE!  As long as you are not expecting a specific color match they can add tint to lighten or darken your old paint depending on the original base color.)
I applied the paint to the drapery panels in every other stripe with a large foam roller.  The fabric does soak up a lot of the paint, but I only had to do one coat.
I hung them up while they were still a little damp.  Allowing them to dry in the folds I wanted.  Your final stripes will be a tad stiff, but I find that this gave my cheap cotton drapes the structure they needed.  It isn’t something that anyone would ever notice unless they go up & grab them.
I am in LOVE with my latest DIY.  The only money spent was $6 & some change for a new paint roller.  Are you brave enough to embrace the Chevron?  
Cheers- K


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