DIY: How to Stencil a Wall With A Royal Design Studio Stencil
I am currently giving my home office a makeover. It is going well, but after I painted the walls white, I no longer liked the view out into my foyer. It needed something—a new paint job? That would be nice, but out of the budget since I would have to hire a painter and scaffolding as it is a two-story foyer. After thinking it over, I figured out a way to make the wall look more interesting and budget friendly: a wall stencil from Royal Design Studio. I would be able to leave the wall the same color so it would still match the other 3 in the foyer, but create an accent wall on the walls that frame my front door.
The hardest part of stenciling was choosing which pattern to use. There are so many beautiful designs. I narrowed it down to a few and chose the Large Moroccan Trellis. I am very happy with how it turned out as it gave the view out into the foyer more depth and interest. Now I have to paint the trim white and I will be one happy DIY'er.
Here is the before photo of the wall I stenciled. This is the view from my office:
How to Stencil a Wall with a Royal Design Studio Stencil
- Royal Design Studio Stencil RDS 3078 Large Moroccan Trellis
- Clear glaze
- Sponge pouncer
- Paper plate
- Mixing container
- Painter's Tape
The stencil is quite large. It also comes with a separate stencil to make stenciling the ceiling line easier and full step-by-step directions.
I found a large sponge pouncer at the craft store and it worked well. I decided to use that instead of a stencil brush or roller as I didn't want the pattern to be too bold. I also mixed the white paint with clear glaze—1/4 part paint with 3/4 part clear glaze. The glaze also allows for more time to work the paint before it dries.
When stenciling, it is always best to load your brush, pouncer, or roller with paint and then blot it on a paper towel first, before applying to the stencil.
The stencil comes with registration marks. These marks are what makes it easy to line up the stencil when you move to a new section on the wall.
Before stenciling, remove switch plates and tape off the area to be painted with painters tape. Start stenciling from the left and go to the right. When I reached the corner, I could not get the stencil flat, so I trimmed a bit off so it would fit. This did not alter the design on the stencil at all.
I used the separate ceiling stencil to finish the space right below the ceiling line and along the baseboard.
Since the stencil was so large and I could not get it into the corner well, I traced the pattern and the registration marks on a piece of acetate (you can buy at a copy center) and cut it out with a craft knife. I then used that to stencil the sides of each wall.
It worked perfectly and made stenciling the sides very easy. Now it looks like wallpaper.
Since the paint was applied lightly, it dried quickly and I was able to hang the mirror on the wall again. Now I am enjoying my efforts and the view from my office.
Since I only did 2 small walls, it only took me about 5 hours start to finish.
What fun and creative things have you done to change the look of your walls?
You can find Diane at http://inmyownstyle.com
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