Damask & Burlap Memo Board

Last week I hosted a great giveaway from Cutting Edge Stencils. They contacted me about giving one of their fantastic stencils a try and I was thrilled to say YES! I decided to give the Brocade No 1 Stencil a try. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous. I had never used a stencil before and I had made it seem very complicated in my head. I was a stencil virgin if you will.
 I knew that I wanted to start with something somewhat small, so I decided on a memo board. I grabbed a rough looking picture frame that I had sitting out in my garage. After giving it a paint makeover with some black spray paint I was ready to move forward.
This project screamed corkboard….so corkboard it was! I used the old backing off of the picture frame and used some of Krylon’s Spray adhesive to attach a sheet of cork to it.
I used the spray adhesive again to attach some burlap to the cork.
Once the cork and burlap were attached to the frame backing it was time to face my fears and try out the stencil. I taped down the corners with some painters tape.
I grabbed the great foam roller, that they sent me and in my opinion works fantastically, and started painting. I used some black craft paint and just rolled it right over the stencil.
When I felt as though I had good coverage I removed the stencil. I was very happy to see that the stencil pealed off cleanly and there was NO bleeding….and I mean NO bleeding!
And what to know what’s even better….the clean up! I just took the painted on stencil over to the sink and washed it off with warm water. 
I attached the whole thing back into the painted frame and called it done.
I think the whole thing turned out fabulously!!! 
I think there is a strong possibility that I may be addicted to stenciling now. I had just made it up in my head that I would find a way to make this process messy. Since I can’t free hand paint for the LIFE of me, this may be the way for me to go.
I’m loving the mix of burlap, damask, and the black!!!
So I think my first stencil experience was a good one! Thanks to Cutting Edge Stencils for letting me give their stencils a try!!!
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  1. Very cute! I had a fear of stencils, as well, but I am slowly getting better and better. How thick was the cork that you used? Did you buy it at home depot?

  2. Hmmmmm…. I can’t free hand either. Even my stick people look bad.


  3. Ooooh! I ADORE how this turned out!! I think my problem with stenciling may have been not using a foam roller. You’ve convinced me now!

  4. Wow, this looks so nice! I’m totally addicted to stenciling too!! I just finished a wall in my powder room! (I’ll get around to posting about it soon – I hope!)

  5. So fabulous, love it! I’ve heard so much about these stencils, you have totally inspired me to try one out, love this project!

  6. Very nice. I am going to have to try this also. Great project.

  7. This is fantastic. I want to do some of these for jewelry displays. Stenciling makes me nervous too LOL!

  8. This is too cute for words! Love it! Never thought about doing something to cuten up a memo board.

  9. Love it!!

  10. Just pinned it. Great Idea.

  11. LOVE it! Good job on the stencil! Ive been wanting to try stenciling myself. Stopping by from transformation thursday.

  12. Beautiful!

  13. turned out so so great! These would look great in any room in the house!!!


  14. This looks really great. I really like the stencil pattern.

  15. I am in love with this! Great job! YOu have inspired me. 🙂

  16. What a Great project and stencil! love it!
    Via COM party

  17. Love that stencil. i made a memo board a little while back and used a fleur de lis stencil I purchased on clearance. This stencil is much nicer.

  18. Two of my favorite things in the world: burlap and damask. Awesome! Love it! Visiting from Lil’ Luna linky party. Best, My

  19. Gorgeous, I love it!!

  20. This is so cute! I am dying to get my hands on one of their stencils!

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