September 24, 2015


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Dreamy Pastel and Ply Boards - Learn How!

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If there are any home decor styles I'm in love with at the moment, its fair to say plywood and pastels are probably at the top of my list. Combining them together is simply get this beautiful combination of the natural scandi look and soft relaxing pastel tones. Bliss! 

I've been getting lots of comments on these pastel and ply boards, so I wanted to show you how to make them. It's a really easy project to give a go over the weekend. The only trick is getting the lines nice and crisp - I use sticky back plastic rather than masking tape and it seems to do the trick! 

These painted boards are really versatile around the home. I use mine on the bench to group items in a nice centred spot - think fruit bowl, candles, salt and pepper shakers etc. They make nice trivets to put dishes on the table (not hot ones though - think salads etc). And they would look perfect on a bedside table bring some life and colour to your room or nursery.

Right so here is what you need:

  • Plywood board - I just got mine from Mitre 10 and asked them to cut it into a few usable pieces. The one we are working with here is about 30cm x 20cm
  • Paints - I used Resene test pots, which meant I could zone in on the exact colour scheme I wanted because they have so many options. This means they aren't necessarily heat or water resistant, but that's fine for what I'm using the board for. If you want heat resistance then you could try enamel paints or apply a protective coating once the paint it has dried. These are the paints I used on this project (all Resene Test Pots): White, Pattens Blue, Boutique, Lola, Half Silver Chalice
  • Sticky Back Plastic - I had some gorgeous marble print sticky back plastic from Vinyl Home left over from another project that I used - although it was almost to good to paint over! But it worked perfectly for this project beacuase it sticks better and is easier to work with than masking tape - and you can get nice pointy corners on the triangles 
  • Brushes
  • Pen
  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Ruler (optional)

 Step 1 - Create decals from the stick back plastic: I was feeling like triangles, so I measured one up, cut it out, then used it as a template to draw a whole bunch (about 40). Then you just cut them all out and they are ready to go. But you can do any pattern you want - crosses, hexagons, stripes etc

Step Two - Making the Pattern by sticking the decals on to the ply: I just started with a row along the bottom and went up from there. Press them down nice and firm before you start painting. Then pop a row of masking tape around the edges, so that when you paint you get a nice clean finish and don't get paint down the sides. 

Step 4 - Painting:  I did a row of each paint (5 different colours). You could do the same, or do a colour per triangle in a random array. Two coats of paint works well (allowing the first coat to dry before you do the second). I also tend to brush one way for the first coat, then the other way for the second coat.

Step 5 - The Big Reveal: This is always my favourite part of any project! Make sure your paint is nice and dry, and then peel off the triangles one by one. Doesn't it look amazing! I love how the plywood is part of the finished product too, combined with the lovely pastel tones. 

If you give this project a go, I would loooooove to see what you create! Post images on Clever Poppy's Facebook page, or email

And please get in touch if you have any questions :)

Enjoy xxx

Julie Stuart
Julie Stuart


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