Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent Wall

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Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent Wall

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.

Materials needed for stencil painting project

Materials

Step 1: Prep for Painting

Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent Wall

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

Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent Wall

Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent Wall

Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent Wall

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

Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent 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

Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent Wall

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

Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent 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

Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent Wall

Pour your pattern color into a tray, and load your foam roller evenly with paint.


Step 7: Remove Excess Paint from the Roller

Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent Wall

Remove excess paint from your foam roller by rolling it onto a paper towel first.


Step 8: Roll Paint Over the Stencil

Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent Wall

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

Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent Wall

Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent Wall

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.

Painting with a Stencil to Create an Eye-Catching Accent Wall

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