Wall stencils have made a heroic entry in creating beautiful 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 into 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
- Paper towel
- Small bowl or container for paint
- Spray adhesive
Now let’s head over to the instruction section. It holds a significant place in painting process. Take a look carefully:
- Always start with clean and fresh walls. By fresh walls, I mean the walls should have fresh white paint coating.
- Now, to use a stencil, there are two approaches. One is to place the stencil on the left corner, and other is to put 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 use 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 on 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 on 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 ensure one hand, hold the other team down using the painter’s tape.
- Always pick a good quality stencil brush to get best results.
- Don’t just start directly with painting the wall. But try stenciling on a large board firstly. This way you will learn the technique of painting without ruining your wall. When I tried stenciling, 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.
- Stenciling takes time, so you have to be patient while doing it. I stenciled 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 correctly because you cannot leave it midway after getting frustrated.
Wall stencils have attracted a lot of eyeballs and it is a great way to add a dramatic and detailed look to the area. Stenciling the wall with a foam roller is the most comfortable, quick and fast ways. But to use a roller, you have first to 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 excellent 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 running it until you get the perfect results. I would suggest you 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 back.
- 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 stenciling 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 beautiful design.
Repeat stenciling until you achieve desired results. And you don’t need to clean the stencil time and again during 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 stenciling!!
I am a licensed architect who is passionate about all things home improvement industries, I have been doing DIY painting projects and have developed lots of experience around home improvement over the 10 years.