Lots of chevron and impromptu haikus

Lots of chevron and impromptu haikus

Chevron is a pretty popular pattern, but don’t call it trendy! It’s been around for a looong time. Credible sources pinpoint its rise to popularity to 13th century Italy. (Credible sources include me and the 40 seconds of google research I just did).

So if you love chevron so hard, sit back and enjoy! If not, you can still use these ideas as inspiration to display your own favorite pattern, whether it’s plaid, polka-dots, houndstooth, argyle, ogee, paisley, or camouflage.

And speaking of patterns, I thought I’d introduce these projects with my favorite one of all: 5-7-5. Yes, the patron saint of patternry in poetry, the haiku. Here we go.

Simple table by

DeDe at Designed Decor.

zigs left, and zags right.

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Amber adds gold feet

and A Little Bit of Zazz,

old chair gets funky.



Sad piano bench

now Nicer Than New

Play on Joan, play on.

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Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Passed-down set of chairs

Robin has chevronified.

One down, nine to go.

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net


Smart Girls DIY,

bet this called for heavy math.

Liz ain’t no dummy.

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

Check out these drastically different makeovers, with one thing in common: Chevrons! At betterafter.net

And, since I’m in a contest kind of mood lately, let’s have a haiku contest RIGHT NOW!

Leave a comment in the form of a haiku and the best one shall win $10 giftcard to, I don’t know, Target or whatever you want. Fun!



    March 28, 2014 / 8:37 AM


  2. Katie B.
    March 28, 2014 / 8:37 AM

    Slow Friday creeps on.
    To the web! Anything new?
    Better After! Score!

  3. Amber
    March 28, 2014 / 8:41 AM

    Not a chevron fan
    Reminds me of the circus
    Sorry, sis-in-law

    Really, I think chevron is cute in small doses, but my brother and sister-in-law’s house is totally CHEVRONIFIED…like, every room. #whatevermakesyouhappy

  4. Erin
    March 28, 2014 / 8:46 AM

    Chevron is tricky
    Do not want to sound cheeky
    Too much math for me

  5. Heidi
    March 28, 2014 / 8:47 AM

    If I win today
    I will spend it at “Tarjay”
    Hello Merona

  6. Kathy
    March 28, 2014 / 9:06 AM

    Befores look woeful
    Hope’s restored with Chevron Joy
    They’re Better After

  7. Jeni
    March 28, 2014 / 9:08 AM

    My kids have strep throat:
    Mama needs a shopping trip!
    Barnes and Noble, please!

  8. March 28, 2014 / 9:17 AM

    is chevronified
    in the dictionary yet?
    it should be, i say.

  9. March 28, 2014 / 9:17 AM

    Only you would think
    Of this brilliant method
    For getting comments

    Lindsey, you are hilarious and a blogging genius!!!!!

  10. Shea
    March 28, 2014 / 9:19 AM

    I am bored at work
    Better After makes me laugh
    time passes faster:)

  11. March 28, 2014 / 9:42 AM

    Chevron, not for me
    Appreciate the effort though
    Better After is!

  12. Christina
    March 28, 2014 / 9:45 AM

    Chevron is so hot
    But don’t call it trendy, man
    It’s older than us.

    Its lame, but fun to come up with!

  13. March 28, 2014 / 9:47 AM

    that bedframe is rad
    Do people say rad these days?
    I guess I’m people.

    I should stop now, and
    Just say that Chevron is neat
    (I can’t do it though)

    Writing haiku’s makes you think

  14. cara
    March 28, 2014 / 9:53 AM


    Showcase ups and downs
    A wall, a chair, a table
    Metaphor of life

  15. Katherine
    March 28, 2014 / 10:07 AM

    Lindsey is awesome
    Her blog always entertains
    I love reading it

  16. Colleen
    March 28, 2014 / 10:23 AM

    a zig and a zag
    all those lines make me dizzy
    chevy in the hiz (zy)!

  17. Sherron
    March 28, 2014 / 10:24 AM

    It might be trendy
    But I’ve always liked chevron
    It sounds like my name

  18. Marci
    March 28, 2014 / 10:31 AM

    Not a fan of Chevrons
    Yet done in soft grey and white
    Theyโ€™re hard to resist

  19. March 28, 2014 / 10:49 AM

    Life is full of ups and downs
    how about a little reminder on the wall
    in the form of chevron??

  20. Starla
    March 28, 2014 / 11:26 AM

    Wowza powza bam
    Pattern paint and genius
    Think I’ll try it now

  21. Norienne
    March 28, 2014 / 11:27 AM

    Painted chevrons once–
    Or at least attempted to.
    I fail at zig-zags.

  22. Mallory
    March 28, 2014 / 11:29 AM

    Didn’t think I liked
    ziggy-zaggy stripes, but those
    on the bench are rad.

  23. March 28, 2014 / 1:11 PM

    Chevron could make me weak.
    It reminds me of A Halloween Pumpkins Teeth.

    JaG ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Hanna
    March 28, 2014 / 1:14 PM

    Not even going to attempt it! Just had to say this gave me a great laugh! I love the one about “Tarjay”

  25. Mandi G.
    March 28, 2014 / 1:49 PM

    Chevron and gray boo
    Your appearance speaks to me
    I heart this haiku

  26. March 28, 2014 / 1:58 PM

    Chevrons everywhere
    Pattern overload have I
    Uniqueness is gone

    It’s not that I hate chevrons (I mean hey the military uses them for their enlisted rank distinction!) but there are just some things that really might look better without the ubiquitous chevron. ๐Ÿ™ Let’s introduce something new, shall we? ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. March 28, 2014 / 2:08 PM

    Lindsey you are fun
    You make us think to compete
    Starbucks is my gold

  28. March 28, 2014 / 2:17 PM

    lindsey you are too
    stinking funny sometimes that
    i must buy depends.

  29. Haley
    March 28, 2014 / 2:26 PM

    I’m expecting twins!
    Many projects in my head.
    No energies t’spare.

  30. Amy
    March 28, 2014 / 3:01 PM

    I love your website
    I love it with all my might
    And that is a lot

  31. March 28, 2014 / 3:25 PM

    Love the stuff you’ve refinished! Please check my blog out, we have similar taste ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Nikki H
    March 28, 2014 / 5:44 PM

    We love our new house
    We moved plumb across Texas
    Still remodeling

  33. Stephbo
    March 28, 2014 / 6:14 PM

    Chevrons may be old,
    But like them, I never shall.
    Polka dots are best.

  34. Bets
    March 28, 2014 / 6:58 PM

    First this way, then that
    Chevron should use MapQuest app
    for shortest distance.

    (hee hee hee)

  35. March 28, 2014 / 9:10 PM

    Got played by Joan’s bench
    Amber kicks me with gold feet
    Smart Girls paint steals hearts

  36. Alexa Conner
    March 28, 2014 / 10:53 PM

    Chevron is ugly,
    But Better After’s awesome!
    Forever a fan!

  37. Heather k Miller
    March 29, 2014 / 3:25 AM

    Baby is awake
    Tis the middle of the night
    Chevrons soothing ME

  38. Lynn
    March 29, 2014 / 4:56 AM

    Face worn and dated
    Great bones cannot be hidden
    Granted one more life

  39. March 29, 2014 / 10:51 AM

    I stink at Haiku,
    But I love me some chevron.
    Thanks for the feature!

  40. March 29, 2014 / 10:54 AM

    My vote is for chrissybozz because Lindsey you are definitely hysterical!

  41. abbie
    March 29, 2014 / 3:30 PM

    I wasn’t going
    To write a haiku today
    But it has begun.

    When my favorite daily email popped up yesterday, I knew I *had* to read all the comments, but only after people had submitted theirs. Thanks for the daily dose of poetry. Maybe you should encourage limerick writing next time? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Haikus can be fun
    But like chevron, overdone.
    Limericks up next?

  42. March 29, 2014 / 5:29 PM

    To chevron or not
    Trendiness reigns supreme but
    Ugliness remains

  43. March 29, 2014 / 6:15 PM

    Ok, I would like to contribute to this Chevron Poetry Slam,
    But I do not feel like conforming to the simple Haiku guidelines. Instead, I submit a pseudo-villanelle to this contest. (It follows an ABC rhyming scheme, rather than ABA as the classic villanelle does.)

    Do not put Chevron on that Furniture

    Do not put chevron on that furniture.
    I wish this trend would simply go away.
    Resist, resist, the trendy jagged stripes.

    Your antique couch will lose its signature,
    The classic styles will never be passe.
    Do not put chevron on that furniture.

    You want to make me barf without the hype?
    You might as well redo in faberge.
    Resist, resist, the trendy jagged stripes.

    The parents renovating rooms for sure,
    Will choose some colors soft for childโ€™s play,
    Do not put chevron on that furniture.

    If trends you like then build with steampunk pipes,
    The old and new can have another day.
    Resist, resist, the trendy jagged stripes.

    Refinishing can be an adventure,
    For Better After thereโ€™s another way.
    Do not put chevron on that furniture.
    Resist, resist, the trendy jagged stripes.

  44. March 29, 2014 / 7:37 PM

    It’s nice that you talk about a bit of this pattern’s origins! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think it works very well in different objcts ans spaces!



  45. March 30, 2014 / 4:10 PM

    Heidi and Chrissybozz made me laugh for sure! But wowzers at Karl…Villanelle for the win! ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Kristie
    March 30, 2014 / 4:27 PM

    Beautiful designs
    I love the order and stripes
    Easy modern twist

  47. Kathleen
    March 30, 2014 / 8:26 PM

    Hail, Google research.
    Rock on, Wikipedia.
    You make us feel smart.

  48. KathieSimmons
    April 1, 2014 / 5:03 PM

    Never do I win
    Especially now that Karl
    Brought the Villanelle.

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