Quatrefoil Stenciled Corkboard – New Martha Stewart Decorative Art Paints!

Quatrefoil Stencil Home DecorI have been a busy girl since opening my box of crafty goodness from the new Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint Line by Plaid.  You all are going to go crazy with this stuff, just warning you.  I am delighted to share this line with you.  You will see an entire bedroom revamp that was inspired by these gorgeous paint colors, as well as a detailed tutorial showing how I made the quatrefoil stencil decorated framed corkboard.

Imagine my excitement when this showed up on my doorstep!  Thank you Martha Stewart and Plaid Crafts.

Martha Stewart Decorative Paints

This line is available exclusively at Michaels in the US and Canada starting this week.  It is already in my local store.  I stopped by to get a peak at the whole line and here is what I found.

Martha Stewart and Plaid Crafts

160 paint colors are available in five finishes (Satin, High Gloss, Glitter, Pearl, Metallic).  All come in 2 oz. bottles, are non-toxic and range in price from $1.99-$2.99.  These paints are formulated to work on all craft surfaces, including glass, fabric, metal, ceramic, terra-cotta, wood.  You can use them both indoors and outdoors.  They are even dishwasher safe!

Martha Stewart and Plaid Crafts Stencils

The stencils range in price from $6.99-$16.99 and come in a variety of themes and sizes.  I had never successfully stenciled until this project.  It is so much easier than I was making it and I am having a blast with it now!

Martha Stewart and Plaid Crafts Tools and Applicators

Look at all the tools and applicators there are!

Martha Stewart and Plaid Crafts TransfersThese are foil, flock and glitter transfers!  I haven’t tried them yet, but I am giddy at the thought of using them on polymer clay.

Now for the bedroom reveal.  I had no intention of doing this until digging into the paints.  We have lived in this home for 1 year, and painted/decorated the entire house when we moved in, with the  exception of 2 bedrooms rarely used by our college girls.  The dingy walls and country blue trim have been bugging me forever and the colors in this line gave me the motivation to finally get going.  The before and after…

Martha Stewart and Plaid Crafts Paint LineThe “Surf” light blue and “Jonquil” yellow were begging to be used together in the stenciled cork board I had in mind.  I also used these paints on the stenciled the black hanging lamp, which you will see in an future tutorial, and on the wall doilies pictured above.

Quatrefoil Stenciled Bulletin Board

To make the quatrefoil stenciled framed cork board, I used:

  • Surf and Jonquil Martha Stewart Decorative Paint by Plaid, satin finish
  • Empty frame
  • Cork board cut to fit frame, and cardboard backing same size
  • Quatrefoil stencil by Martha
  • Roller Sponge applicator tool


  • I cut the cork board and cardboard backing to fit the frame opening, then adhered the self adhesive cork piece to the backing.

Painted Frame Corkboard Tutorial

  • Using the sponge roller applicator and the “Surf” paint, I painted the base coat on the mounted cork board.   The applicator just twist onto the top of the paint bottle and you are good to go.  Coverage was great with the roller,  I did one coat and that was sufficient.  I did have to go over a couple of areas where I made lines with the roller (yep, I do the same thing when painting walls).

Martha Stewart Decorative Arts Paint

  • While the cork board was drying, I painted the frame using the same color.  I started out with the roller, but couldn’t get into the depressed areas of the frame.  I switched to a paintbrush from the Martha Stewart line to get the full coverage I was going for.  The paint goes on smooth, no bubbles and is definitely the high quality you would expect from Martha Stewart.  Not to mention, no other line comes close in terms of available colors.

Painted Frame Corkboard Tutorial

Martha Stewart Decorative Arts Paint

Martha Stewart Decorative Arts Paint

Martha Stewart Decorative Arts Paint

  • Stenciling:  I couldn’t resist these stencils, despite my history of failure in this realm.  It was so easy!  I didn’t use spray adhesive or tape for this.  The accompanying instructions recommend using adhesive, but I was in a mood to wing it.  You will have to figure out what works for you, and it probably varies depending on the surface you use.  I know Beckie over at Infarrantly Creative had a poor result using tape with these stencils, and tried stencil spray adhesive with splendid results.  Holding the stencil in place with my fingertip did the trick for me. Using the sponge applicator that came in my box, I ended up with crisp lines for a beautiful final piece.


Martha Stewart Plaid Craft Stencils

Martha Stewart Decorative Arts Paint

  • Dabbing and swirling the sponge til I was pleased with the coverage…

Martha Stewart Stencil

  • When I finished one section, I just moved the stencil to the adjacent area, overlapping one row to keep the design straight.

Martha Stewart Quatrefoil Stencil

I am so pleased with the result, and excited to have overcome my losing streak with stenciling.

Martha Stewart Decorative Arts Paint

Jenni absolutely loves her new room, and can’t wait to start pinning notes and memories on her new quatrefoil bulletin board.  I had a blast with these paints!  Go check out your local Michaels and look for this fantastic new line.

***Grab your 40% off coupon here.

Want to hear it from Martha?  Check out her description of the new line in this video.

Keep your eyes peeled for posts from many crafty bloggers using these paints and accessories.  Some of my favorites so far:

This is a sponsored post.  See full disclosure here.

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  1. it turned out great!!!

  2. wow !beautiful

  3. This turned out so nice! I love quatrefoil! I’ve seen quite a few blogs that get to try these products out. I am just curious, how did you get to do that? I think I would love it!

  4. This is SOOOO gorgeous! Love the colors and the more rectangular style quatrefoil (if that makes any sense)… I’m so jealous of your care package! Looks AMAZING! : )

  5. Looks great! I never thought to paint right on a corkboard. Useful and so pretty!

  6. You did a great job! And I love the colors!


  7. I love those two colors together! Such a cute cork board. You did a great job!

  8. Love your step by step directions :)

  9. Fabulous, love that stencil, haven’t used it yet, but it’s awesome! I have tried several things so far and posted my his and hers trays using the pearl and satin paints.

  10. I love your quaterfoil stenciled corkboard, and the colors you chose to paint it! Great job.

  11. Beautiful. I love the colors. I want to try, but I fear my stenciling hand may not be as steady as yours.

    ~ Meredith from A Mother Seeking http://www.amotherseeking.com

    P.S. Found you through the DIY Showoff.
    This week on A Mother Seeking: I Created A Birdhouse Dream House

  12. That is so pretty!! Nice job!!

  13. Fabulous! It looks great! I can’t wait to get my hands on some of those paints!

  14. Once again… I love this corkboard. I’ll be featuring this on Sew Woodsy next week! Thanks again for linking up!

  15. What a spectacular and generous selection of samples! You did a beautiful job with the cork board. I’m really impressed at how well the stencil and paints worked on the cork.

  16. I love the colors!

  17. I love how your frame turned out! (Also, I’m your newest follower) :)

  18. Cute idea! I want to try the new Martha Stewart paints and stencils, seeing great projects all over from these products!

  19. This is so great – I love the color combination. I’m about to buy some yellow shoes for winter. It’s my new fave!

  20. LOVE this! It turned out fabulous! Thanks for sharing @ Show & Share!

  21. Very fun. It looks great.

  22. Love your blog and this project featuring quatrefoil (one of my favorite patterns!) so I featured your project in my roundup of crafty quatrefoil projects here. Feel free to check it out and hope you like it! (I LOVE this stencil by the way – I have it too, but didn’t think to use it when I was painting some bulletin boards!)

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  23. Hello Johnnie,

    I just found a link to the Michael’s site on your site http://savedbylovecreations.com/2011/08/quatrefoil-stenciled-corkboard-new-martha-stewart-decorative-art-paints.html .
    We (S3 Stores Group) are the art supplies online store, which is interested in the information support of your website.
    Could you, please, mention the URL of our website on one or more pages of your site?
    We’d be glad to have you as our information partner and to have the opportunity of a fruitful cooperation.

    Best Regards,
    Anthony Pilapil,
    S3 Stores Partner Relations Manager


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