Have you been dying to try painting a stencilled wall, but it just seems like SO much work? You won’t believe how quick and easy it really is!!!
Okay. Let’s be honest here, painting a stencilled wall is a daunting task. Especially after reading post like this that make it sound like it might just be the hardest thing I’ll ever do.
Which is probably why it took me so long to try it. But boy, am I ever glad I did!
Not only did I end up with a gorgeous feature wall that makes my heart skip a beat every single time I look at it (even months later), but it was SO much easier than I had expected!
If you’ve been thinking about painting your own stencilled wall, I’m here to tell you that it’s really not as difficult as you might think.
Ready to hear all my secrets? I cannot wait to show you how easy it was to create this beautiful stencilled wall in just a few short hours!
I marked a centre point along the top edge of my wall and matched the middle of my stencil to it, lining the top edge of my stencil up with the line of our ceiling. I used a level to make sure everything was nice and straight and then simply used a bit of painter’s tape to attach the stencil to the wall and hold it in place.
*Tip one: Triple check that the first stencil is straight – every bit you add after it will build onto that first one.*
With the stencil securely mounted on the wall, it was time to get painting! I loaded up my paint roller, then rolled it along the top of my paint tray to remove any excess and finally, rolled that paint right over top of the stencil.
Tip two: Don’t mess around with an itsy-bitsy stencil brush, bust out that paint roller to make quick work of things!
Honestly, this was a trial run that I was REALLY hoping would turn out. I figured that as long as I didn’t load a ton of paint onto my roller, I might just be able to avoid using a little stencil brush (and of course, save myself days of painting!). You can imagine how happy I was to discover that I was right!
Tip three: Ahem, don’t load a ton of paint onto your roller!
Once the entire stencil had been covered in paint, I
ripped carefully removed it from the wall to make sure there was actually a pattern left behind and what do you know? Success!
The rest was just a matter of matching up the next stencil edge to the last, made easy by the built-in stencil markers, and painting over it once again …
I continued along with this until the entire wall had been covered.
There were a few other things that I learned along the way…
Tip four: Alternate sides.
Because the paint is wet, moving the stencil onto a spot you just finished painting could be a bit tricky. By simply moving to the other side of my centre starting point, I was able to give each new area a chance to dry a bit before matching the stencil over it. Obviously, this was easier the further things moved along, as I worked my way out from the centre.
Tip five: Use a trim guard to paint any edges.
Using a trim guard like this not only made quick work of painting against any edges or inside corners, but it also did a great job of pushing the stencil right into those corners so that I could continue the stencil pattern right to the edges of my wall.
I couldn’t believe how quickly this all went!
I had all 20 ft. of this wall covered in a gorgeous pattern in just over three hours. This big stencil really did help to make quick work of that wall!
And, though I loved the stencil I had chosen, I hadn’t imagined loving the outcome THIS much!
This gorgeous stencilled wall really was the most perfect accent for our farmhouse style master bedroom, don’t you think?
So what do you think, are you feeling ready to take on your own stencilling project?
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Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!