How To Make Perfect Chevron Stripes Every Time

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

In general, I’m more of a “just wing it” type person. I have little patience and always assume I’m right about most things. But when it came to the painting of these chevron stripes, I had to throw my old routine out the window and really pay attention to get super star results. Do you remember my chevron spray painted carpet? Here’s how I got the look!

What You Need

Masking Tape
Pencil or chalk stick
Nails (optional)

Chalk Line (with non-permanent chalk)
Hammer (optional)


1. How Many Zigs & Zags?
To start, you want to first determine how many zigs and zags you want per stripe. I decided I wanted 3 lows and two highs, or rather two peaks on each stripe (it makes sense when you look at the picture).

2. Chalk Lines
After deciding how many lines I would need to make (3 total to make the number of zig zags I wanted), I nailed a nail with a large head at the end of the rug at the beginning of where each chalk line will need to be made. (If you have someone helping you, there’s no need for nails!) If you don’t have the ability to hammer into the floor like I do, try using a 2×4 and a friend to hold it down while you do this process. You could alternately take the piece outside and nail into the grass if that’s an option. Run your chalk line out and snap each line several times to make it as dark as possible.

3. Time To Measure
My stripes are each 12″ thick. To achieve this I used a ruler and marked 12″ up the first line. On the second line I measured up 6″ and then started the same process over again. The last line I returned to the original starting position (just like the first) and marked my way up the tape.

4. Let’s Get Tape-Tastic!
I won’t lie, taping is hard on the knees. You think it’s a simple process, but in all reality, it was the most time consuming part of the entire process. To start, you’ll want to be consistent on your taping in relation to the marks you made. Either run the tape from marking to marking and place the tape above or below the marking, just make sure you do the same thing on every piece of tape laid. It will throw your design off if not, and don’t be afraid to use the ruler to tear your tape in perfectly so you have exact lines.

5. Paint Away
Paint between your lines, allowing the paint to cure slightly but not all the way. With the fabric spray paint, I actually removed the tape as soon as I was done spraying. Make sure to pull the tape off and angle it towards the painted area. This will ensure any drips or pulling of the paint will go back into the area it matches color wise.

Additional Notes:
You’ll note that it’s not imperative to clean your space before starting as evident by the stray sock, floor tiles, shoes and skateboards in the near vicinity. Creativity happens when it happens, so go with it! Make sure to check out the final look for this project. It has held up well and makes a big statement for very little money!