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!