How to Stencil a Wall
Get the look of wallpaper with a customized stencil and your favorite paint colors.
1–2 pieces of poster board
pen or pencil
box cutter or scissors
small foam roller
paint (Benjamin Moore, Aura, Northampton Putty, HC-89; Modern Masters, Blackened Bronze, ME238)
small artist's brush
1. To make a stencil, start with a piece of poster board. If you want a larger stencil to balance the scale of your room, tape two pieces of poster board together with some masking tape.
2. Begin to draw your pattern on the poster board. If you are not comfortable with free-handing your design, use a ruler to create a geometric pattern. You can also find patterns on the internet.
3. Once your pattern is completely drawn, trace over the lines with a box cutter or use a pair of scissors to cut it. If using a box cutter, place a piece of wood or other solid material underneath the poster board to protect your table from scratches.
4. Once the stencil is cut out, tape it to the wall using painter's tape. Use a level to make sure your design lines straight.
5. Using a small foam roller, with minimal paint, apply the paint directly over the stencil. Don't use too much paint because it could bleed under your stencil.
6. Remove the stencil from the wall.
7. Continue the stencil around the room, aligning the pattern and repeating steps four through six as necessary.
8. Touch-up any bleeding lines or imperfections with a small artist's brush.