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!
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!