How to Stencil a Wall - Page 2

  • Step 4 : Protect the floor

    Put a drop cloth down to cover the floor on the wall where you are working.

  • Step 5 : Apply the first color of paint in the stencil

    Apply the first color of paint in the stencil

    Most stencil patterns require more than one color and it's best to do one color at a time and mask off the unused cutouts. So first apply one color paint in the cutouts.

    Apply the first color of paint in the stencil

    Pour paint into a small container. Dip the brush in the paint and blot it in felt or paper toweling to remove the excess. Dab the paint inside the cutout of the design, working your way around from its edges and filling the center of the design last. Hold the round and squat stencil brush against the wall as you paint. Don't brush in the normal fashion or you may drive paint under the stencil. When you finish painting one color, carefully peel the acetate from the wall and avoid smudging the fresh paint.

  • Step 6 : Clean off the backside of the acetate

    To apply different colors of paint, wipe off any paint from the backside of the acetate, and realign and mount the stencil in the adjoining location. Repeat this process until all colors of the design are complete. Use the same guideline and registration marks for any additional stencils and colors.

  • Step 7 : Erase pencil marks

    When the paint is dry, erase your pencil lines and marks. Illustrations courtesy of Plaid Stencil Décor

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