Pinterest and my new house have been inspiring me to get out of the kitchen and get creative lately.
This is equal parts excitement and trouble…because while I’ve mostly mastered butter and sugar, I probably shouldn’t be trusted anywhere near a saw (yet). Instead, I’ve learned to enlist the help of my husband, and solve problems like a ball full of tangled necklaces DIY style.
I’m still making pancakes (a lot). But I’ve realized there’s time for other projects too. Also…I might be obsessed with this chevron design. No bigs.
It involves sawing and drilling and painting. I knew the basics of this. My husband used the power tools and measured the angles. (It turns out Geometry is still a nightmare.) Also…he helped with the step-by-step directions below. Together, we tried to make this project simple for you. Because even if there’s not actually sugar involved, I like to think I’m inspiring you to make something pretty…that you can actually make.
My latest Target list includes things like sprinkles and rubber cement…which means I’m not over this projecting business yet. I can’t wait to show you what’s up next!
Chevron Necklace Board
1×6″ hardwood board, 24 inches in length (The actual size of this wood is 3/4″x5 1/2″, but commonly referred to as a 1×6″.)
6 cabinet knobs (screws are typically included; double check the packaging)
paint: two colors (a sample paint size of each is plenty)
sawtooth picture hangers (3)
sandpaper (150 grit)
painter’s tape (1″)
level (ideally, for hanging)
If necessary, cut your board down to 24 inches. (You can do this at home with a saw, or a home improvement store can do it for you.) Sand the board to smooth out any rough edges. (Remember, any flaws you see after sanding will NOT be hidden by paint.) Using a ruler, measure the location of each knob and mark each in pencil. For six knobs, starting two inches in from the end of the board, make your first mark. From that mark, make another mark every four inches. This will leave you with two inches at either end of the board, and four inches between each knob. Be careful to center each mark top to bottom.
Drill a hole at each mark. The drill bit size will be determined by the hardware you’ve purchased. You’ll want to drill a hole all the way through the board, the same thickness as the screw included.
Then, to countersink the head of the screw (so that it’s flush with the wood), use a drill bit that is the same diameter as the head of the screw. Carefully drill about 1/8″ into the back of the wood at each hole.
Paint the board. Cover all sides, but use multiple coats on what will become the front and sides of your board. Once all coats have dried, measure and tape off the chevron design. To do so, make a dot that is 1/2″ down and 3/4″ in from the top left corner. From there, make a dot every three inches across the board at the same 1/2″ down. This will leave you with one straight line of dots across the board. Make a second row of dots that is 1 1/2″ below the first, which will be 2″ from the top of the board. Repeat this pattern with additional rows, until you’re off the board. These dots will serve as a guide for the points of your chevrons. Using the 45° angle of the combination square, draw the chevron lines. They will be 1″ thick lines, which is often the thickness of the combination square’s ruler. (PS: I recommend practicing this on paper first.)
To prepare to continue painting, tape off every other line. Firmly press down the tape to insure the paint doesn’t bleed through, and paint a thin first coat. Repeat with two heavier coats of paint. Let dry completely before removing painter’s tape. If necessary, touch up any edges.
Run the screws through the back of the board and attach the knobs, tightening them down by hand. Affix three sawtooth picture hangers, evenly spaced across the top of the back of the board. Hang using small nails.