Tips On Applying Painted Stencil Effects To Your Walls

You can really brighten up a dull and boring wall in your home by applying a paint stencil design. This technique is particularly good for decorating kids' playrooms and bedrooms, and there are lots of suitable ready-made stencil designs that you can buy from DIY stores.

If you don't fancy taking on the project yourself, a local firm of professional painters will do the job for you.

What you will need

  • stencil
  • paint
  • small bowl
  • paper towel
  • spray adhesive
  • stencil brush
  • a spirit level
  • cotton buds

You'll find everything you need for this project in a good DIY store.

How to do it

  1. Before you can apply the stencil design to your wall, you'll need to clean off the existing paintwork by washing the wall down with a solution of warm water and washing up liquid.  
  2. When the wall is completely dry, you can position your stencil. Start in the centre of the wall to ensure that the design stays symmetrical. Spray the back of the stencil with adhesive spray and stick it into place. Place a spirit level on the top of the stencil to ensure that it is straight. If you need to move the stencil, simply lift it up and stick it down in the right place; the adhesive won't leave a mark on the wall.  
  3. Put some of your paint into a small bowl and load your brush with it. Dab most of the paint off onto a paper towel. Work across the stencil from left to right to avoid smudging the design with your other hand. Use a jabbing motion to apply the paint, reloading the brush frequently.  
  4. Move the stencil along the wall, placing it on its face so that you can remove any paint that has blobbed underneath. If necessary, use a wet cotton bud to clean smudges off the wall.  
  5. If you have a very large area of wall to complete, you may find it helpful to wash the stencil in the sink from time to time in order to remove excess paint and glue. Dry the stencil thoroughly before recommencing your painting.  
  6. Allow the paint to dry completely, and then use a small artist's brush to touch up any areas that you missed.

Stencilling a design onto your walls can be a great way of brightening up a dull room without the need for wallpapering. Follow the guide above for stress-free stencilling every time!