Another Dorm Room Project

Quick Bulletin Board Makeover

I have a quick bulletin board makeover to show you that I did for my daughter’s dorm room.

I started out by taping off the frame.

Next, I wanted to paint a background in an intricate pattern using my Silhouette.  After many attempts with vinyl, contact paper, and card stock, I finally decided the pattern I chose was a little too intricate.  FAIL.

Not to be deterred, I broke down and bought a Martha Stewart stenciling kit.  This one was called Flourish.  I used some spray adhesive to help it stay down on the cork board.

Then I used a foam pouncer and ASCP Pure White to stencil the board, waiting a couple of minutes in between each one, and eyeballing it to find the next spot.  Through trial and error, I found that the spray adhesive wasn’t really necessary, so I didn’t reapply it after the first time, and actually, the ones toward the end had less bleeding (little to none) than the first ones I did.  Go figure.
Here’s where I had a light bulb moment.  I knew I wanted to paint the frame with chalk paint so it would adhere to the smooth and shiny surface of the wood, but I didn’t have the right color.  Then it occurred to me that I could just mix a little craft paint with some ASCP Pure White and get the right color.  For that matter, I could get whatever color I wanted, couldn’t I?  I know, I’m probably the last one to figure this out, but I’ve been collecting ASCP colors for a little while, and if you’ve bought them yourself, you know they’re not cheap.  I think I might just start stocking up on Pure White and Old White instead!

So for this project, I mixed a little bit of Martha Stewart High Gloss craft paint in Pond with some more ASCP Pure White, and got the perfect shade of blue to match my daughter’s bedding.

I held a piece of card stock up next to the frame so I wouldn’t get any on the cork, and painted two coats.  Incidentally, if you get some paint on the cork, it’ll wipe off if you use a wet paper towel and get to it right away.

And here’s the finished product.  Now she has somewhere to hang lots and lots of pictures of her family that she’s going to miss oh so much.  Especially her favorite mom.  ;)

I’ll be back in a few days to show you how I made a cute lamp shade to go in her dorm room.  Thanks for reading!



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