If you want the look of wallpaper but don’t want to spend the money, stenciled walls are a great alternative!
You guys know by now that I am a HUGE stencil fan. (But I’m not talking about the ones you remember from the 80’s – I’m talking about all the amazing UPDATED stencils.) The stencils now are beautiful, and they look like wallpaper. I am obsessed with wallpaper, but (as I’ve said before) I have major commitment issues. I get tired of wallpaper pretty easily, so stencils are perfect for me. I can have pretty patterned walls but I can just paint over them when I grow bored instead of stripping wallpaper.
When I discovered the Myriad stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, I knew I needed it in my house. I’ve loved all the dalmatian spots I’ve been seeing in home decor, and this is that same look with a little quirkiness. It was perfect for Lena’s bathroom. It’s fun and playful – just like her!
To stencil you’ll need:
- a stencil
- paint (I prefer flat paints since they dry faster)
- painters tape
- small sponge roller
- level (there are levels that clip on to onto the stencil, and they are amazing!)
And to make the process even easier:
- stencil brush (These are great for those hard-to-reach places that the brush won’t reach.)
- spray adhesive (This has to be applied every use, but it is helpful along with the tape.)
When stenciling along the ceiling line, I always use painter’s tape to protect the ceiling. It’s so easy to paint the ceiling if you don’t. and the tape will protect the ceiling while holding the stencil.
I always like to begin my stenciling in the center of the room. If you know me, I love symmetry, so this probably has a lot to do with my crazy need for balance. Also, make sure you use a level when stenciling.
The Myriad stencil is great because it offers a lot of grace since it’s imperfect, to begin with. It would have been an easy stencil except for the fact that I used black paint to stencil with. I had to be SO careful to wait until the stencil was completely dry before I added another segment. There’s no hiding black paint on white walls. So patience was important.
I take the stencil off immediately after I’m done with the segment – while it’s still wet. This way, I can wipe away any mistakes while they’re still erasable. Baby wipes are a great thing to have on hand for projects like this.
Washing your stencil after your project is complete (it’s reusable!) is always a good idea, and it should be fairly easy to remove the paint if you used water-based paint.
Where would you love to add stenciled walls?
Go create something!