If you read a lot of home décor blogs like I do, one thing is clear. Pattern on walls and ceilings is all the rage right now, and rightfully so! Wallpaper is big baby big, but wallpaper is also costly and time consuming to install. (Been there, done that with my grasscloth.)
In the last year, there’s been a resurgence of stenciled walls and ceilings, especially because of the fresher more modern patterns available. (One of my sponsors Cutting Edge Stencils has some fabulous choices!) Stenciling is the inexpensive and stylish alternative to wallpaper. With time, patience, and good techniques, a stenciled wall makes a stunning backdrop.
Sooooo . . . I invited a few of the fabulous bloggers behind some of amazing projects I’ve seen to share a few of their tips on successful stenciling.
Stenciling tips from Three Men and a Lady:
1. Use a laser leveler to ensure the placement the first time is straight and even. You will base every other placement off your first measurement.
2. Don’t use re-positionable spray adhesive on the back of your stencil unless it is an EXTREMELY light coat and low tack treatment. I used spray adhesive on my first placement. Although it worked great, when I went to pull the stencil off, not only did it pull the paint off the wall with it but it also left glue tack on the wall so I had to repair, clean and re-paint the wall then start over.
3. Use a low tack tape (I like Frog tape) sparingly on the edges of the stencil to adhere to the wall. I recommend using a sea sponge instead of a paint roller so not to bleed under the edges of the stencil. Dab lightly in the paint then dab all over the stencil. Once semi-dry you can go back and do another coat dabbing lightly. The key is light coats to avoid bleeding.