How to Use Wall Stencils for Painting

Wall stencils have made a heroic entry in creating nice and smart wall paintings. Stencils come in a wide variety of designs and it’s entirely your choice that what types of stencils you want to pick for your house. And interestingly, you can do it yourself with little practice. It can turn to a part time work as well once you get expert in painting the walls with stencils.

Have patience and learn the process of wall stencil painting with brush through this article. First of all, let’s take a look on what material and tools are needed:

  • Stencil brush
  • Paint tape
  • Stencil
  • Paper towel
  • Small bowl or container for paint
  • Pencil
  • Spray adhesive
  • Level
  • Q-tips

Now let’s head over to the instruction section. It holds a significant place in painting process. Take a look carefully:

Instruction Manual

  • Always start with clean and fresh walls. By fresh walls, I mean the walls should have fresh white paint coating.
  • Now, to use stencil, there are two approaches. One is to place the stencil on left corner and other is to place the stencil in the middle. I have opted middle option here to ensure symmetry in the final results.
  • Then, grab spray adhesive and apply it on the wall. It is to make sure that the stencil gets positioned in a right way. If it doesn’t, then apply spray adhesive again. After this, if you are sure of the place where you want to place the stencil, go ahead and adjust it on the wall. Make sure that it gets beautifully aligned to avoid any flaws.
  • Once aligned properly, take a pencil and mark the stencil on the wall. You can use the registration marks for this. I would suggest using painters tape rather than using the pencil directly on the wall. It will keep the wall clean and you will not need to erase the pencil marks after the stencil painting.
  • Now it’s the time to start painting the stencil. Take a paper towel and shed most of the paint onto it. Then pick your stencil brush and start filling the stencil with paint. Do it in a punching motion for best results. But because you have shed the extra paint onto the towel, you will have to fill the paint brush 3-4 times for every different area.
  • Every time you take away the stencil, try placing it adhesive side up. It will remove the paint that might have gone beneath the stencil. Plus, you should also clean the wall side by side by using your wet Q-tip or paper towel.
  • Lastly, to paint the corners, you need to bend the stencil to secure one side. Next, to secure one side, hold the other side down using the painters tape.

Bonus Notes

stencil wall

  • Always pick a good quality stencil brush to get best results.
  • Don’t just start directly with painting the wall. But try stencilling on a large board firstly. This way you will learn the technique of painting without ruining your wall. When I tried stencilling, I did it directly on the wall and the results were uneven. But luckily it was looking good. If you want a clean and uniform look, then try the technique first.
  • Stencilling takes time so you have to be patient while doing it. I stencilled my washroom and it took me around 30 hours to do it. And when you are thinking of wall stencil, make sure you can handle it properly because you cannot leave it midway after getting frustrated.

Wall stencils have attracted a lot of eye-balls and it is a great way to add a dramatic and detailed look to the area. Stencilling the wall with a foam roller is the most easy, quick and fast ways. But to use a roller, you have to first decide that if you want to cover the whole wall or just a little area to create a small pattern. Let’s see how to paint the wall with foam roller:

  • First of all, shake the paint can properly, then gently spray the stencil using spray adhesive. Then place the stencil gently on the wall and start working then.
  • Don’t fill your roller with excess paint to avoid blotting. Then apply little pressure on the roller to have crisp and nice results.
  • Then start rolling the roller over the stencil pushing it gently.
  • Once done, check the effect if it is rightly done. And if not, then roll the roller again in short strokes and keep rolling it until you get the perfect results. I would suggest you to roll in light strokes as it gives clean effect rather than pressing the roller too hard.
  • Check the effect once by lifting the stencil from the corner. And do it in the initial stages as it is easy to make alterations early. After checking, keep the stencil again and start rolling again.
  • While rolling, you may notice that the roller is running short of paint. In this case, fill the roller again with paint. Plus, to extract out the last bits of paint, don’t press the roller too hard on the wall.
  • When getting close to the edge, roll over the edge. Then take a baby wipe and clean the paint. To be on safer side, it would be beneficial to add painter tape on the edges of the stencil so that the paint doesn’t come there.

Guys, this is all about wall stencils. I hope you got it well. So start stencilling the walls now with beautiful patterns and designs. In all this, when you remove the stencil, it feels great as your boring wall is now painted with a nice design.

Repeat stencilling until you achieve desired results. And you don’t need to clean the stencil time and again while the process. It is required only when you want to change the colors.

Let’s do it today and make our walls look incredible. Happy stencilling!!

 

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