So how do you get awesome chevron stripes that are all the same size and distance apart? I'm going to tell you how!
When making my chevron coffee table I found lots of cool tutorials in blogland. However, none of them really met my lazy criteria. One of them included doing pin pricks all along the stripes, removing the straight pins, and free hand painting or aligning tape (I don't remember which). I took one look at her photo with all of those pinholes and I was like "that will take WAY longer than I'm willing to invest in one table!" So my method uses a combination of other methods I saw around.
I found this pattern that provides a printable chevron stripe pattern. The grey stripes are about 2 inches. Perfect for me! I printed only one page, then cut out one of the grey stripes...carefully! That was my template. I also used it for spacing since I wanted both color stripes to be the same size. If you want smaller stripes, use the white portion of the page for your template. :)
So lay down the pattern (I used a small piece of painter's tape on each end to stabilize it) and tape around it. Do this for the entire width of your project. To align it perfectly, I put a portion of the template inside the previous tape lines. This keeps your pattern straight.
Notice the different kinds of tape? Some of the corners I had to go back with smaller tape to ensure it was lined up correctly and that the tip of the chevron pattern was perfect. I also used scissors to cut my tape edges so they would be as straight as possible. To prevent any paint peelage, I highly recommend using the blue painter's tape for DELICATE SURFACES if your project has been painted within the last 30 days.
Paint over your handiwork with the color of your choice. I think my table required 2 coats.
P.S. I did have to go back and do a few touch ups with the teal paint and a tiny brush after pulling off the tape, but it was nothing that made me think UGH. Easy peasy.
P.SS. Click the image below to see my full tutorial on how I paint furniture.