How to Stencil a Focal Wall

Introduce a dramatic focal wall into a living room by stenciling a wall with a creative pattern.
Striking Stenciled Staircase

Striking Stenciled Staircase

By: Janell Beals

Materials Needed:

  • stencil
  • stencil brush
  • painter's tape
  • pencil
  • wall color paint
  • accent color paint
  • paper towels
  • level

Preparation

Choose wall to stencil and select stencil design, wall color and accent color to paint stencil design. Paint wall if it is not already the chosen wall color.

Select and Prepare Wall Space for Stencil Project

Select and Prepare Wall Space for Stencil Project

Determine Starting Point

Determine design layout and position stencil on the wall at starting point. Attach the stencil using painter's tape.

Determine Starting Point and Tape Stencil to Wall

Determine Starting Point and Tape Stencil to Wall

Paint Stencil Design

Paint design on wall with a stencil brush using dry brush method. Begin by dipping tips of bristles in paint and remove excess by dapping brush on a paper towel.

Paint Using Dry Brush Method

Paint Using Dry Brush Method

Paint Using Stippling Method

Apply paint using stippling method, which is dapping brush against stencil openings. Tip: Do not brush paint over stencil openings as this will lead to paint seeping under stencil.

Paint Using Stippling Method

Paint Using Stippling Method

Hold Stencil in Place

Apply pressure to stencil around openings while stippling to ensure sharp paint lines.

Hold Stencil in Place While Painting

Hold Stencil in Place While Painting

Mark Registration Points

Trace all four registration points with a pencil prior to moving stencil.

Mark Stencil Registration Points

Mark Stencil Registration Points

Move Stencil

Move stencil by lining up stencil registration points to continue design. Tape stencil in place and repeat painting process. Tip: Use a level to check stencil tile placement to ensure design is painted evenly.

Move and Tape Stencil

Move and Tape Stencil

Repeat Steps

Continue painting stencil design, mark registration points and move stencil across and down wall until desired area is covered with design.

Repeat Stencil Design Across Wall

Repeat Stencil Design Across Wall

Extend Design To Wall Edges

Paint stencil design to edges of wall and trim to create a seamless look resembling wallpaper.

Extend Design To Wall Edges

Extend Design To Wall Edges

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