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:

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