Monday, July 25, 2011

Polka Dot Makeover and Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway!

Hey everyone!

Hope you've been enjoying the guest posts that I've had lined up for you these last several weeks. Pretty great stuff, right?

Well I just wanted to drop in and show off a small project that I was working on last week. Want a sneak peek?


More polka dots!!

You may remember Tiffany's adorable Polka-Dot Closet makeover from last month, and next month you'll see Patrice's take on this adorable trend as well. Fun, right? Here are the details from my project.

I am in the process of transitioning my son's room into a big boy room. We have the new bed and cool big boy sheets, but I'm trying to do little things here and there to update it. (I am still finishing a few nursery projects that were put on hold while I was on bed rest, so we'll get there!)

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I had made him this memo board last year with a frame and an old window valance that matched his crib skirt, so that needed to be updated now that the cribs skirt (and crib) are gone. Also, now that he is bringing pictures home from Sunday School and will be starting Pre-School this fall, he needs something that will accommodate more than just 4x6 snapshots.


I found this large bulletin board from Walmart for about $8. The walnut color trim matches the trim in his room, so I decided to leave that alone.


I taped off the edges and lightly coated the cork board with white spray paint. I sprayed horizontally, vertically, and then diagonally for good coverage.

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I ended up using a half a can to paint the whole thing, but I imagine you would use less if you weren't trying to lighten a darker color.

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Since the feature wall of the room is striped, I wanted to cover the cork with some sort of geometric print. I wanted polka dots, but as a perfectionist I was worried that if I did the dots by hand, I would be stressed if they weren't equally spaced or sized. Luckily Cutting Edge Stencils had exactly what I needed.


This small polka dot stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils was perfect for the task and the stencil filled out the space perfectly.


I found a royal blue craft paint that matches some of the accents of the room, loaded my paint roller with paint, rolled off the excess, and started painting.


I rolled over one dot and a time instead of covering the whole stencil with paint, and was finished very quickly.


It was the perfect bulletin board makeover! The polka dots are just what I needed to spruce up this board, and the space in his room.


This bulletin board makes quite an impact! I can't wait to fill it with my son's goodies.

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I'm excited that this board will look great with or without art work and photos. So in the periods where there are fewer pictures on the board, it still looks kind of like a big piece of graphic art. Much much better than a large brown cork board, am I right?

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Would you like the chance to win your own free stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils? Now is the time to enter.

Click HERE for details and a chance to win!!!

Good luck!

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Delaney July 25, 2011 at 7:26 AM  

This is too cute! Love it!

Kristi July 25, 2011 at 9:40 AM  

Love how it turned out. Your attention to detail definitely paid off!

Tiffany July 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM  

That is such an awesome way to spruce up a corkboard. Love that idea! It turned out so great!

Rachel July 25, 2011 at 1:21 PM  

Amazing! It's so crisp, I think I'd hate to actually stick any pins into it. :) Love it!

Steph @ Birdhouse August 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM  

This looks great! Love it!

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