Small touches often make big impacts when it comes to accenting a home. Stenciled borders are relatively easy to do and make a good project for those new to stenciling. With just a handful of supplies and a few hours of spare time, you can add a detailed look to any room. Here are the items you’ll need:
- Step ladder
- Painter’s tape
- Clip-on stencil level
- Latex or acrylic paint
- Foam or plastic plate
- Dense foam roller
- Stenciling brush
- Paper towels
A flat base paint works best for stenciled designs. Make sure walls are clean and dry before starting. Follow these easy steps to apply your design:
- Mask off all areas around the border where you don’t want paint to go with painters tape. Attach the clip-on level to the top of the stencil.
- Apply a small piece of painters tape to all four sides of the stencil. Position your stencil in an upper corner, gently pressing on the tape to secure the stencil to the wall. Check to make sure it is hanging level, making minor adjustments if necessary.
- Pour a small amount of paint onto the plate. Load your dense foam roller with paint by rolling it through the paint on the plate. Roll off excess paint on a folded paper towel by rolling it back and forth several times. Excessive paint on your roller can cause bleeding under the stencil edges.
- Roll over the stencil with light to medium pressure, filling in all the cutout areas. Check the design by carefully lifting a corner away from the wall and peeking behind. Replace the stencil and roll it again if the design looks too light.
- Use a pencil to lightly mark the wall inside the registration marks if your stencil has them. Reposition the stencil by moving it in the direction where you want the design to continue. Line up the registration opening over the mark you made or position one of the outer design shapes over an already painted design in the same shape. Check the level and repeat step four, avoiding portions that have already been painted.
- Bend the stencil gently in corners and edges, taping it in place. Roll right into the crease or use the stenciling brush, painting with a gentle dabbing motion to fill in the color.
It’s that easy to customize the walls in your home. Try small stenciled designs on painted wood furniture. Look for your favorite designs or get ideas at Cutting Edge Stencils and Wall to Wall Stencils.