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How To Video: Stenciling a Feature Wall

Stenciling a Feature Wall is Easy Peasy with Our Video Tutorial

What’s going on out there in internet land, DIYers?! Today we’re going to take it “easy” and show you one of our most popular and helpful stencil videos (CLICK PLAY ABOVE)! Do you feel like you’re back in elementary school, getting real lucky with a substitute teacher who only has movies on the itinerary? Well, Cutting Edge Stencils’ videos are actually very informative, acting as your form of School House Rock for the day. But, instead of singing about grammar, we’re going to teach you how to stencil a feature wall! We know, we know; YAY!

Stencil a Feature Wall 

This video tells you from head to toe, ceiling to floor, how to create a beautiful feature wall with our Casablanca Allover Stencil! Let’s make a few lists of what you’ll need supply wise, and what you’ll need to do technique wise. Organized DIYers love lists, right? Or is that just me? Anyway…

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1. Your Cutting Edge Stencil (of your choice)
  • 2. A clip-on stencil level
  • 3. A dense foam roller
  • 4. A stencil brush
  • 5. Latex or Acrylic paint
  • 6. Styrofoam plate
  • 7. Painters tape
  • 8. A paper towel

The supplies need to stencil perfectly with Cutting Edge Stencils' designs

Here’s what you do:

Make sure your wall is clean from dirt and dust (Stenciling over a flat base coat is ideal)

Use the painters tape to mark off the edges of the ceiling, trim, and floor boards

Start with stenciling a part of the wall that will allow you to design an uninterrupted pattern from the ceiling to the floor (after that vertical row is established, you can build off of the design on the left and right)

Slide on the clip-on level to the bottom of the stencil (making sure it is flush against the bottom of the design)

Attach the clip-on level to the bottom of the stencil

Flip the stencil over and align the top of the stencil pattern so that it fits into the corner of the ceiling and wall (making sure the stencil is level)

Secure the stencil to the wall with 4-6 pieces of painters tape on the edges

Pour paint (of your choice) onto the styrofoam plate, and roll the dense foam roller into the paint (pressing firmly on the roller so that it absorbs the paint evenly)

Get rid of the excess paint by rolling the foam roller over a folded paper towel (DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!- too much paint = bleeding)

Remove excess paint onto a paper towel before stenciling

Roll over the stencil with your foam roller using light to medium pressure (If you press to hard, the paint might bleed) Take a peak at your progress by lifting a small corner off the wall.

You may want to re-stencil the pattern with another layer or two of paint to get a darker paint color

Carefully and slowly remove the pattern from the wall so that the tape does not rip the background paint off the wall

Realign the stencil, locking it in with the previously painted part, check the level, and keep going (don’t roll over previously painted areas!)

For allover patterns: realign the stencil, check the level, and keep painting!

Reload your level with more paint after a few prints. There’s no need to clean the stencil in between repeats except if the paint buildup starts to compromise the design.

When you reach an edge, bend the stencil and tape it in place. Then continue stenciling as normal, rolling the foam roller right into the crease.

Use a stencil brush to get paint into the hard-to-reach edges of the design (Use this technique against trim, sidewalls, ceilings, and floors) Then remove the stencil and tape to reveal your clean edges.

Use a stencil brush to get paint in the hard to reach areas

The Casablanca Allover comes with a top part stencil that makes it easy to complete the design. Align the top part using the already painted design as your guide, and easily fill in the blank space between the ceiling and your already painted design with your roller and brush.

Save stenciling the top part, and any other edges for last so you do not disrupt the ongoing pattern process.

Use a top-part stencil to easily fill in the edges of the room with the design

And then you’re done! PHEW! Maybe today wasn’t as easy of a day as we thought, but hey, you definitely learned something, right? :)

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Thanks for reading, and happy stenciling!
Melissa and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew

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  • MARINA GOLDBERG KLIMA

    this is awesome video. Where do I get the clip on level? How much is the stencil and where to buy it?  

  • CESteam

    Hi Marina,

    You can purchase everything from the site: http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com

    For the clip and other supplies go here: http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/stencil-supplies.html

    For the stencil shown in the video go here: http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/wall-stencils-geometric-stencils.html

    We suggest you to browse “Cutting Edge Stencils” because there are many beautiful stencils to choose from.

    Please, let us know if you need any help.

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