5 tips on how to stencil a wall

These 5 tips on how to stencil a wall will give you the confidence to stencil! It may take some time, but it is a really great budget project. Wall stencils are an affordable option to wallpaper. With a $50 stencil you can get a designer look without breaking the budget. When I started this bathroom project, I wanted a waves wallpaper. Every option would have been over $400 for this Tiny 6×8 bathroom. Stencilling was an easy choice.

I believe that every bathroom deserves a focal point. After I did my powder room accent wall, I knew my kids bathroom needed a punch of pattern! Bathrooms are a safe place to experiment with colour and pattern because they are small and you can close the door! I decided to stencil the kids bathroom because I was looking for a specific design. I wanted to do waves on the wall. BUT the cost of waves wall paper was over $300. I was thrilled when I found the perfect stencil with Cutting Edge Stencils!

5 tips on how to stencil a wall
How to stencil a wall
Waves stencil
Waves wallpaper
Kids bathroom

Note: I was gifted the stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils, but all opinions are my own. If you find this review useful and will be purchasing a stencil, please use this link. At no cost to you, I receive a tiny commission.

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I started out by drafting my inspo pic. I love how these walls and the muted green flow together.

How to stencil a wall
Waves stencil
Waves wallpaper
Kids bathroom

To purchase the wall stencil I used, click here

5 Tips on how to stencil a wall:

How to stencil a wall
Green bathroom
Stencil a wall
Waves stencil

Tip #1 – Use your resources – Read and watch the videos that Cutting Edge Stencils has provided. Inside the kit, there is pamphlet full of info. Now is not the time to be a know-it-all! Make sure you are familiar with:
– What type of paint you need (flat paint or craft paint)
– How to reduce the bleed (use a light adhesive spray to stick your stencil to the wall, and offload the paint from your roller before stencilling
– How to clean your stencil (I didn’t know about this and ended up throwing again one template). If you’re planning on stencilling over many days, make sure you clean it. The adhesive builds up on the back and will case more bleeding.

Tip #2 – Painting technique
– Use a foam roller. You can find inexpensive foam rollers at the dollar store.
– When rolling onto the wall, make sure you OFFLOAD the paint in your roller first. Build the colour slowly on to the wall. Once you get the hang of it, you can go faster

Colours I used: Sherwin Williams high reflective white, privilege green and cityscape

Tip #3 – Tricky edges – When the template is not sitting flat on the wall because of trim or the corner wall, always roll INTO that direction. This reduces the amount of bleeding

Tip #4 – Cut the stencil – I could not get a crisp line in the corner or edges of my stencil. So after stencilling the entire wall, I decided to *GASP* cut my stencil. Only do this when you’re sure you don’t need it intact anymore. This saved me a lot of frustration and time with touchups

Tip #5 – Handmade beauty – Speaking of touchups, it will be inevitable. Don’t expect it to be perfect and know that you created something beautiful by hand

Before of the bathroom makeover
Can you believe this was the before??
How to stencil a wall
Green bathroom
Stencil a wall
Waves stencil

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