My adventures, and misadventures, as I stumble around finding my place in the world.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Quatrefoil Stencil

If you remember from my post a few days ago (check it out here) I told you all about how Valspar was giving out free paint samples.  Well, when my paint came in the mail, I couldn't wait to get started!  It comes with 7.2 oz of your choice of paint, two mini rollers, 2 mini trays, the paint chip and corresponding color chips, as well as a coupon for $5 off a gallon of Valspar paint.  Talk about a deal!  If you haven't requested your free sample yet...make sure you head over to Facebook and sign up!

Here's what I got in the mail:
The computer changes the colors a little bit, but I chose Green Sea, it is the darkest color on the chip inside the box.  What to do with the pretty color?

Well, after finishing painting a 2 shelf bookcase a couple weeks ago (all with one 7 oz. paint sample) I decided to give it another try.  When I went back to the store, unfortunately they were out of the 2 shelf bookcases.  Shucks!  Oh well, I decided to upgrade to 4 shelves! I grabbed two matching bookcases, and was ready to go!

This time, since I had a bigger surface to work with, I decided to give a stencil a try.  After perusing around blog land for a while, I found a cute quatrefoil printout over at Tatertots and Jello.  How thoughtful of her to offer a free printout!  I'll be revealing my completed bookcase tomorrow, but in the meantime, check out how I made my stencil!

All I used was the print out, a blank transparency sheet, some tape, and scissors.
First thing I did was cut the excess off of the edges of the printout:
I then flipped the printout over and taped it onto the transparency sheet:
Flipped over here is what it looks like:
Then I began cutting out the black areas, starting at the edge:
In order to get the middle black areas, I made a small cut through the edge:
This can easily be patched up with a small piece of scotch tape.  After everything was cut out, I removed the small pieces of paper that were left, taped up all the edges that I needed to cut, and voila!  Home made stencil!
Can't wait to show you all the bookcase tomorrow, be sure to come back and check it out!


  1. That looks really neat, can't wait to see more! I am a new follower from Friendly Friday, so glad to have found your blog. Have a wonderful weekend!


  2. Oooo- pretty!
    Following from the hop- visit me anytime!

  3. I can't wait to see how it turns out! that's so cool! I stopped by from the hop, I'm glad I did! come and see me if you like!

  4. Found you on the Design it Chic blog hop! Great Tutorials! Following you now

  5. I am a new follower. I love your blog, great ideas! Please feel free to follow me back! Happy Friday!
    kahluaii84 at gmail dot com

  6. So,So cute!!! I'm blog hopping and found your blog. I'm following. Would love for you to check out my blog and follow back! Have a great weekend!

  7. New follower from Friendly Friday.

  8. Can't wait to see how it turns out. :) Following from the hop; please pop by for a follow.

  9. Can't wait to see the end result!

    I'm a new follower from the blog hop. If you get a chance stop by my page please and follow if you wish :-)

  10. Thank you everyone for helping my blog grow! I am taking the time to visit each of you, and will be following many of you back. Thank you again for your interest!

  11. Hi, I'm a new follower from Friendly Friday, I hope you can hop on over to Frugal Experiments and say hi!

  12. So glad we could feature you on Friendly Friday this week! Have a great weekend! :)

  13. Love the color! I think it will turn out great, you will have to share the outcome with us :)
    Stopped over from the Boost my Blog hop and glad I did. Have a great Saturday!

  14. This is very cool!! You're so creative and I bet the bookcase is going to turn out great - I'll have to check back to see the finished product!

    Thanks for being a part of Friendly Friday this week! We're excited we got to feature your blog. I'm following you through GFC now. Have a great weekend!


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