Painting with a stencil requires some patience, but the results can be breathtaking. We used a stencil to paint a lattice pattern to give this bathroom an eye-catching accent wall.
Here’s how we did it.
- Painting supply set
- Spray glue
- Wall stencils
- Paint – we used the following colors:
- Mini roller frame
- Foam roller covers
- Painter’s tape
- Plastic drop cloth
Step 1: Prep for Painting
Place tape along edges of the wall and cover any fixtures that need to be shielded from painting.
Roll out your drop cloth and secure it with tape over the surfaces you’d like to protect.
Step 2: Paint Your Walls the Base Color
Paint your walls in the color of your choice for the base or background of the stenciled pattern.
We used two 2017 Color Currents colors: Close Knit T17-01, a light warm gray for our main wall and pattern color, and Wanderlust T17-12, a deep rich teal for our accent color.
When you have finished applying your first coat, allow two hours to dry. If necessary apply a second coat. Allow the paint to dry a minimum of two hours before applying the color.
Step 3: Line Up Stencil on the Wall
Determine how you’d like your pattern to lay out across the wall. Be mindful of architectural features that might affect a repeating pattern.
Make a small mark on the wall where you’d like your pattern to begin.
Step 4: Apply Spray Glue to the Stencil
Lightly spray the back of your stencil with spray glue. This will help it stick to the wall and remain motionless while you’re painting.
Step 5: Tape the Stencil to the Wall
Line the stencil up to the mark you made. Apply painter’s tape to the sides of it to secure it in place.
Step 6: Ready Your Pattern Paint
Pour your pattern color into a tray, and load your foam roller evenly with paint.
Step 7: Remove Excess Paint from the Roller
Remove excess paint from your foam roller by rolling it onto a paper towel first.
Step 8: Roll Paint Over the Stencil
Gently roll the pattern color evenly over your stencil.
Allow the paint to dry before removing the stencil.
Step 9: Reposition the Stencil to Create a Repeating Pattern
When the pattern is touch dry, gently lift it off of the wall.
Reposition it over the pattern you just made to create the repeating pattern.
Step 10: Repeat Steps 7 -9.
Repeat Steps 7-9 until your wall is completely patterned.
Touch it up with a small brush if desired.