Stencilling can be an easy and quick way to add pizzazz to drab walls, but if you haven’t picked up the utensil since primary school, you probably need a little help in doing it correctly on such a large canvas. Here are some tips for decorating your rooms with great stencilling.
Prepare the wall and stencils
Paint a basecoat on your wall with latex paint. While it dries, you’ll need to trace all the stencil patterns on paper, photocopy them and then cut them out. The number of copies depends on how many of the pattern you want to put on your walls.
Design your layout
Do you want all the stencils to have the same order? Or do you want some going this way and others that way? Get an idea of how the finished product will look by taping the photocopied patterns to your wall. You’ll want to separate each stencil by about 15.24 cm if planning on having a border near the floor.
Trace the pattern on the wall
Position each stencil over the top of its paper copy and tape one edge. Remove the copy and tape down the other edge of the stencil.
Paint the pattern
Depending on the pattern you use, you’ll probably need at least one basecoat of paint before applying the colour. You’ll also need varying brush sizes. If you are stencilling a flower pattern, for example, you’ll need a 1.59-cm paint brush for the leaves.
Complete the border
Measure and mark a line 15.24 cm from the floor and apply low-adhesive tape to the top edge. Paint the desired colour and leave the tape in place while you let it dry. Then, trace any part of the stencil pattern you want onto the wall using your stencil paper. Paint the pattern and repeat until the border is complete.