How to Paint Tile Backsplash and Stenciling

Step-by-step instructions show you how you can use stencils and paint to spruce up a tile backsplash.

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Stenciled Designs

Materials and Tools:

three-part stencil design (Tea Time by Plaid)
painter's tape
level
tape measure
large stencil brush
nonliquid stencil paint (Stencil Decor by Plaid--Ship's Fleet Navy #26207)
paper towels
pencil

Steps:

1. Determine the desired height of the stencil and use a level to lightly pencil a line around the room to line up with the guides on the stencil sheets. Remember that a line like this might not need to be level; when working close to the ceiling, it might look better if the stencil follows the ceiling line just in case the ceiling isn't quite as level as you'd like it to be.

2. Tape the first part of the stencil in place. Rub the stencil brush around the top of the stencil paint and dab it on a paper towel to remove any excess.

3. Use a comfortable circular motion to add the paint to the wall. Reload as above when necessary. This technique offers the advantage of creating a variety of shades using the same stencil color by varying the application pressure.

4. Once the first part of the stencil design is complete all the way around the room, add the second and third overlays as directed, allowing the paint to dry between layers.

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