Adding a wall stencil to your rooms can be easy or difficult depending on the type of products you use. The harder a stencil is to do usually depends on it’s intricacies and can involve numerous overlays or tiny cutouts. Even so it can be cheaper than applying other types of borders. Below are instructions for creating your own stencil and basic application techniques. Before beginning be sure your surfaces are clean and the holes have been filled. Also, if needed repaint the room using colors that will compliment your stenciling paint tones. Once the walls are dry begin dabbing on the pattern for your border design project.


* A Board For Cutting On.

* Extra Fine Sand Paper.

* Painters Tape.

* Picture For Your pattern (the simpler the better).

* Sharp Utility Knife And Blades.

* Stencil Plastic (found at craft stores).

1. Tape your picture or pattern to the back of your wall stencil plastic. This is easier to do if the plastic is a little bigger than the picture.

2. Lay your picture, plastic combination onto your cutting board. Hold it down with your hand. Using your knife press firmly and cut along the lines of

your pattern. Move the plastic if needed. Do the largest cuttings first while trying to make as few cuts as possible.

3. Use a small piece of extra fine sand paper to remove jagged edges of the wall stencil cut out. Sand softly and slowly. Large protruding bumps may need to be re cut. Tape your new design creation to the wall and begin stenciling.

4. Dab your paint filled brush onto the paper towel before applying it to the walls. Doing so will remove excess paint from the brush. Also keep your brush and wall stencil clean by washing them in warm water.


* Disposable Plate.

* Measuring Tape.

* Painters Tape.

* Paper Towel.

* Pencil.

* Sponge Or Stenciling Brush.

* Stencil (purchased or made).

* Step Stool.

* Water Based Paint, (for easy clean up) 2 Oz. Of Each Color.

1. Attach a folded (in four) piece of paper towel to your disposable plate. Pour a small amount of paint onto the plate away from the towel. Cover it with plastic and have it near the spot where you will begin your wall stencil project.

2. Starting in a corner, using the step stool and painters tape attach your stencil to the wall. Be sure it's strait and stays level as you move from left to right around the room. Use a measuring tape and pencil if needed. Place a drop cloth below you if your afraid of spills or drips.

3. Holding the plate dip a clean dry wall stencil brush into the paint. Load the brush then remove excess paint by dabbing the square of paper towel. Lightly tap the brush hairs onto your cutout stencil pattern. Work slowly completing one section at a time. Keep in mind if you apply to much paint it will seep behind your stencil. Dabbing the pattern to hard will also cause the same problem.

4. If your applying more than one color, a red rose with green leaves for example, use different brushes, plates and paper towels for each tone. Another alternative is to add each paint color once the previous tone is dry.

5. Once your done doing the upper or middle part of your walls and you’d like a little more pizzazz do the same technique around the windows and doors of your room. Or apply some primer and the same but smaller pattern to your plug in covers, light switch plates, and furniture etc.

More difficult wall stencil projects can be accomplished by using the internet and your local library for assistance. It's always best to test your paint design skills on a piece of board prior to doing your walls. Practice using different pressures, colors, amounts of paint and brushing techniques. Some products may need to be thinned to get the patterns your looking for. Stenciled designs on high traffic areas require a covering of two or three coats of non yellowing clear coat. Smaller sizes of the same stencil can be used to compliment other areas of a room. More vivid tones can be achieved by using lighter back ground colors. Have your paint dealer give you application and product advice for doing all of your decorating projects.


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