Quatrefoil Bulletin Board

With St. Patrick's Day coming up, it seemed like the perfect time to get my act together and post some pictures of my green quatrefoil bulletin board. This project started because I got a nice office with a real desk at school and I wanted to make it a little prettier and stop keeping all my important papers on magnetic clips on the side of a file cabinet. And this is what I came up with...


Here's what you'll need -

  • Giant bulletin board
  • Green, white, silver paint
  • Big and little paintbrushes
  • Quatrefoil stencil and pencil, erasers
  • Paint tape (I used washi tape because that's what I had and it worked out okay...)


First, I covered the wood border in washi tape to protect it. You should probably use painter's tape, but the washi worked out okay. Then, I just painted the whole thing in solid green. I was going for a sour apple kind of color because that's my favorite color. It took a coat or two of paint to get it covered in a nice limey sour apple color!


Then I took my GORGEOUS quatrefoil stencil that Lindsay from Artsy Fartsy Mama sent me from her quatrefoil canvas art project (and that I used to make the quatrefoil paint chip art) and I'd already cut out the shapes so I just started lining up the stencil along the edge of the bulletin board and then tracing the quatrefoil shapes in pencil on the board. I had troubles getting it all lined up and pretty and ended up having to erase it a few times, but eventually I got it all perfect!



Then I used a small paintbrush to paint in the borders in white. That took some serious patience and at least two coats of white paint to look solid.



The white ended up being a little blinding and so I grabbed some silver paint and started putting a thin layer all over it all. But then the silver was a little weird and looked too dark so I started sponging it off with a paper towel. Sadly that whole process had to happen pretty quickly and I didn't get any photographs... just the pics of the end results. But I got those and I think it looks pretty cool!



It's not totally perfect everywhere, but I love it anyways and I don't think you can really tell!


So that's the bulletin board that I put up at work - complete with the little silver sheen! Sadly I didn't get a picture of the bulletin board at work, but I figured I'd still share this project with you all! I made a smaller version for my craft area at home too so I'm telling myself that this is part of my craft area make over and I'm finally getting some of that shared with you all!

I took some pics of the finished bulletin board and I was editing them earlier and I noticed something...



There's little Bella up at the top! She's almost in the center... but she's on the couch and it looks almost like she's perched up there... I just loved it!


Other than the cost of the bulletin board ($10 or $12 at Walmart, I think), I owned everything else I needed. And I think you can easily do this in less than 3 hours, but it took me longer because I erased the pattern a couple times and re-traced it to make it more perfect.

I'll be sharing this at some of my favorite conferences!

29 comments :

  1. This is soo cute, Mel! Love the colors and the quatrefoil pattern! That shot with Bella is too cute! :) Have a great day!!! :)

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  2. Oh that is freakin adorable!!! I love it! You are absolutely incapable of making anything NOT super cute and cool!! Luvya

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  3. love this bulletin board! I was in a sorority in college, Phi Mu, and our symbol was the quatrefoil! I love them!

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  4. Love it!! The green is gorgeous:)

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  5. Awesome! I am in love with quatrefoil! Great job!

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  6. This is such a great idea! I might have to borrow this idea to make for my niece that has an upcoming birthday. I tried pinning it, but something is gumming up the works, but I'll keep this in mind anyway. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. This looks fabulous! I love the colors and that stencil is so perfect! love it!

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  8. I have a thing for bulletin boards, (so handy) and this one is beautiful. Great job!!!
    www.questofthenocturnalbaker.blogspot.com

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  9. Super cute Mel! Love that shade of green. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. This is a great bulletin board!! So glad that you shared it at Things I've Done Thursday!!

    Melanie
    www.bearrabbitbear.com
    P.S. I launched a great CD giveaway today if you're interested!! http://www.bearrabbitbear.com/2012/03/ummcan-i-get-zumba-dvd-to-this-review.html :)

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  11. This is great, love that pop of green....sooo purdy

    Thanks for sharing Mel.

    Mandy

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  12. I love this! You definitely have more patience than me. I would ruin a project like this because I am so impatient. Great job!
    xo,
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

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  13. Wow I am impressed with your patience!! It looks perfect to me. It turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  14. Wow, you have a steady hand! What a fun bulletin board! Enjoy tacking stuff to it ;-) xo

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  15. LOVE this! So much so that I featured it as part of my link party wrap up :)

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  16. What a great result - it's really charming! So happy to have found your sweet little blog via the Southern Institute. Following via Link and GFC now.

    Kelly @ herringbone lane

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  17. That is very nice. I bet everyone around you will want one now. I love the colors!!
    Thanks for linking up with SweetTalkin' Sunday!

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  18. I was very much impressed by blog tour nice idea
    anandhirajan
    www.anandhirajansartsncrafts.blogspot.com

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  19. Hey Mel just wanted to say a belated congrats on your feature on Tatertots & Jello. We both got featured! How cool is that? Have a great evening

    Mandy

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  20. Love this! I'm loving the quatrefoil print these days! Thanks for sharing at Cutesy Monday!

    Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

    P.S. Have you entered the uVinyl onesie giveaway yet? I'd love for you to enter!!

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  21. Okay, now I get it. You take your time and I don't. That is why yours looks so professionally finished and mine often looks like a hot mess. :D Thanks for sharing on Becolorful
    pam

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  22. Love this! I am OBSESSED with quatrefoil and this is just perfection. If i never need a bulletin board, you can be I'll be comin' back to this tutorial. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  23. This looks A-mazing! I just adore upcycled cork boards.. and the quatrefoil design is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

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  24. Wow - the bulletin board looks great and is a work of art! You have a lot more patience that I do to complete a project like this. I bet it really brightens up your office.

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  25. Fabulous! Really love the bright green!!

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  26. This craft is absolutely fabulous, but I do have a question. At the begging when you painted the bulletin board green, did you paint directly onto the cork material or is something else on there? Thanks so much!

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