Stenciling Walls

Plain, painted walls can be boring. Wallpaper is a pain to apply, maintain, and remove. But there’s another option. Stenciling. (see also garage floor sealing)

We’re not talking about a return to your fifth grade art class here.

Stenciling allows for almost limitless choices and variations—not only in the design of the stencil itself (if you can’t find the design you want, you can always make one), but also with the application of shading effects, color choices, and placement on the wall.

While simple, this technique will add a visually stunning element to any room, reflecting your home’s originality with little effort.

You’ll need:

Chalk line
Painter’s masking tape
Stenciling brush (1/2″ or Medium-size is a good multipurpose brush)
Stencil pattern
Paint (can be acrylic, wall paint, or paint specific to stenciling, which can be found at arts and crafts supply stores)
Moist rag
Painting

When applying paint to the brush, go lightly. Stenciling requires more finesse than many other forms of painting. Besides, it’s always easier to add more paint than to take some off! Use a light dabbing and eddying motion when applying the paint to the wall.

Don’t worry if you’ve made a mistake—use the moist rag you have handy to wipe up fresh mistakes, or simply let it dry and cover it with leftover wall paint.

How about your bathroom floor?

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