Tips for DIY Stenciling a Wall


IMG_4260_wallstencil_v3DIYStencilWallDIYStencilWall_3DIYStencilWall_4I finally finished the DIY stenciled wall in Romeo’s room! I literally did a small amount (like sometimes one block) at a time until I was pulled in another direction. So this past weekend Zan left for a shoot in Tahoe and I decided that no matter what, I’m finishing that freaking wall! After contemplating wallpaper for the longest time, I decided to try my hand at stenciling. Wallpaper is more expensive (at least the patterns I wanted!), a pain to remove and to be honest, who knows how long Romeo would like the wallpaper for. I’m so happy with how the stenciling turned out and I can easily paint over it! BUT I must say if you’re a perfectionist, stenciling is not for you, as it will never look perfect! If you like to paint, get crafty and enjoy your homemade, not so perfect masterpieces than this is a project for you… haha! There is a lot of maneuvering, cutting and just winging it with doing an entire wall. Below are my 6 tips for DIY stenciling a wall!

1. Buy your supplies: You’ll need a lot of painters tape, a sponge for stenciling, a small angled paint brush, paint, scissors, paper towels and your stencil. Tape off the entire border around the wall so you won’t have too much bleed. I painted the wall with the color Ash from Restoration Hardware and then used Slate for the pattern color, also from Restoration. I used All the Angles Moroccan Stencil, which you can find here.

2. Store it – It’s a real challenge to finish a wall like this in one day, so I kept my small bowl of tightly sealed paint along with the sponge in a ziplock bag in the fridge. I had quick access to it if I had a few minutes to paint.

3. Tape it – I used tape instead of adhesive to stick my stencil to the wall. I read that adhesive just gets really messy, so good ole painters tape and my fingers to push the stencil down where I was painting.

4. Cheat it! If you’re doing an entire wall, the stencil will fail you! Once the majority of the wall is complete and you don’t need the full pattern anymore, you will most likely need to cut it someway to stencil the edges and bottom. So do the big sections first and make your way to the smaller ones. You have to be able to tweak the pattern and do whatever you need for it to match. For example, once I did the majority of the wall, I got to the edges and there was a 3″ gap between the design and corner of the wall. I had to fill it in to keep the seamless pattern, so I cut the stencil, then lightly sponged the design on the wall and filled the rest in with a paint brush.

5. Keep it light! Less is more. I found that if you use less paint on the sponge and do 2 lighter coats, you’ll have less bleed and better edges on the pattern. So don’t be such a heavy dipper. : )

6. Touch it up – I used a small narrow, angled brush to do my touch ups. I used each color and touched up what I could of the bleeding. But I pretty much just accepted that it’s NOT perfect and I still love it!

Now I need to decorate his room!

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8 responses to Tips for DIY Stenciling a Wall

  1. Kimyee
    August 19, 2014

    I love! This turned out gorgeous, good work! 🙂

    1. Eden
      August 26, 2014

      Thanks Kim! Can’t wait to share the entire room when it’s done! Hope you’re doing well!!

  2. sharon
    August 19, 2014

    this is so awesome! i don’t know if i have the energy to deal with stenciling though….but doing it in small little sections of time is a great idea.

    1. Eden
      August 26, 2014

      It was a lot of work Sharon!! But I’m happy I finished it and thank goodness I like the way it looks, haha!! You could do it!

  3. jeannie
    August 22, 2014

    Love this! You’re making me want to paint!

    1. Eden
      August 26, 2014

      Jeanie!! I like painting too… it can be rather soothing, even when you’re stenciling. Although, it does take a long time to finish a wall like this. For me it did!!

  4. Kathleen
    August 24, 2014

    Beautiful work. We’ll done!

    1. Eden
      August 26, 2014

      Thank you so much Kathleen!!!

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