Cutting Edge Stencils Provides Step by Step Instructions on How To Paint the Chevron Stencil
Good Morning, my zig-zag loving stencilers! It’s no secret that the Chevron stripe is one of the most popular geometric patterns these days. From fashion to home decor, this zippy stripe has been spotted everywhere. Getting the perfect zig-zag can be a challenge, but our Chevron stencil makes it super easy to achieve striped satisfaction.
Before you rush off to start stenciling, Cutting Edge Stencils has put together a quick how-to video that explains how to use our Chevron Stencil. The key to any interlocking pattern is to figure out which parts of the stencil line up together (or interlock) before you begin painting! This tutorial will help you better understand the process of painting the Chevron pattern.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
Cutting Edge Stencils’ Chevron Stencil pattern ~ Clip-on stencil level ~ Benjamin Moore ben paint ~ Dense foam roller ~Paper towels
Stencil brush ~ Foam plate ~ Blue Painters tape ~ Elmers Spray Adhesive
Here’s What You Do:
First make sure your wall is clean from dirt and dust. Then use the blue painters tape to mark off the edges of the ceiling, trim, and floor boards.
Next spray your stencil with an adhesive to help it stick to the wall. Make sure you spray the correct side of the stencil. Our stencil names are always written on the bottom front side of the stencil. Let the adhesive dry for a couple of minutes so that it tacks up and does not leave a residue on your wall.
Adhere the Clip-on level to your stencil. It’s a time saver and will ensure that your stencil is straight.
Position your stencil on the wall and adhere it with a small piece of blue painters tape on each corner. Place the stencil right to the edge of the ceiling line or crown moulding. Do not bend the stencil. There will be a small gap that you will fill in later with the top edge stencil.
Pour your paint onto the foam plate and load your dense foam roller. Then offload the paint onto a paper towel by rolling it back and forth until the roller seems almost dry and the paint is evenly distributed. For this project, we used Benjamin Moore’s ben in philipsburg blue HC-159.
Start stenciling your wall using light to medium pressure on your dense foam roller. Pressing too hard will lead to bleeding and smudging.
Remove the stencil from the wall slowly so that you do not rip off your background paint (base wall coat).
Realign the stencil (vertically) so that the topmost section of the Chevron pattern locks in with the bottommost section of the pattern you’ve already painted on your wall. Check your level again and continue the stenciling process.
Don’t repaint the interlocking part of the pattern. Two coats of paint will make that one portion noticeably darker than the rest of the pattern.
Once you’ve finished your first column of the pattern, realign your stencil directly to the left of the topmost pattern. You will be able to line it up using the extended section of the chevron on the side of the pattern you have already completed. You may want to reload your roller with paint before you start stenciling the next section.
After completing that pattern and removing the stencil from the wall, realign the stencil underneath the last painted section. The side and top portions of the stencil should lock in with the patterns that have already been painted on the wall. Then repeat this process until your entire wall is covered in the Chevron pattern.
In order to finish the edges (e.g. the corner where the wall meets the floor), roll your roller straight into the crease. Then use your stencil brush to complete the portions of the design that can’t be reached with your roller. Tip: Make sure to use little paint on your stencil brush by offloading the paint onto a paper towel before stenciling with it.
To complete the design all the way up to the ceiling, use the top edge stencil provided with the Chevron design. This top edge will help you complete the V-shape.
In areas where it is difficult to use the top edge stencil like the top corners, you can use painters tape to complete the design since this is a geometric pattern.
Remove the stencil and VOILA!
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Thanks for watching and reading! Happy stenciling!
Michelle and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew