DIY : Chevron Bookcase

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Chevron Stenciled Bookcase

Material List:

Chevron Stencil Template: We used ours from the internet

Clear Mylar

Black Permanent Marker

Exacto Knife

Metal edged ruler

Stencil palette tray

Plastic putty knife

High Density Foam Roller

Paper Towel

Tape or Stencil Spray Adhesive

One Litre of Paint- we used Benjamin Moore’s Citron 2024-30 mixed in the Advance. You could really choose any product but as our bookcase was previously painted in Advance pearl , we decided to also paint the chevron in the same product for adherence and pearl  to match the sheen of the cabinet which was painted Benjamin Moore Ivory White CC-130.


  1. Print out stencil template and enlarge on a photocopier to the size you want your chevron.
  2. Place your stencil under a sheet of clear mylar & trace the template with a permanent marker. Marking on the stencil which alternating chevron patterns you want to cut out. I left a 1” solid mylar border- on the top, bottom & right edges,  so you will not roll off the edges of the stencil.
  3. With a sharp exacto knife and metal edged ruler score and cut out your stencil.
  4. Pour a small amount of paint onto your paint palette and draw down a smooth layer with your putty knife.
  5. Using the high density roller – roll and load the foam roller with paint. As these rollers hold the paint inside the foam- you do not need a lot of paint.
  6. Before you start- always roll off any excess paint onto a paper towel. This will ensure there is no excess paint that will bleed under the stencil.
  7. Place your stencil on the surface and attach with either tape or stencil spray adhesive. I started a few stripes down from the top and on the left side as I had cut that flush to place against the cabinet .
  8. Continue painting – using your overlapping stencil all the way to the bottom of the cabinet.
  9. Let the paint dry and apply a 2nd coat if necessary.

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What do you think of this easy DIY? Such a great way to add personality and colour to your space!


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