Tutorial: Create a stencil feature wall in 4 steps

Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

My DIY bedroom makeover takes it’s next big leap towards awesomeness – a stencil feature wall!

This was my first attempt at a stencil feature wall and I was surprised by how simple the process was. It took time, but I put on an audiobook and the 7 hours (yes, 7!) flew by.

Next time I should be able to do the same sized area (4.4m x 2.2m) in half the time.

The process involved 4 basic steps.

Here’s the before:

Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

1. Preparation


Boring but necessary to make the next several hours worthwhile, so don’t cut corners!

Tools

Easy stencil feature wall tutorial
  • Stencil – I purchased mine (Beads Allover) from Cutting Edge Stencils. Expensive ($40 stencil + $40 postage), but the given they had a pattern I liked and great service (fast, reliable), it was worth it.
  • Painters tape (low tack)
  • High density foam roller brush
  • Stenciling brush – for edges
  • Clip-on mini level (clip-on is easier to handle)
  • Stencil adhesive spray (optional – I didn’t use this)

Clean and taped wall

Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

Make sure the wall is fairly smooth and free of dust and particles. If you don’t, when applying the stencil/paint, you risk the paint bleeding.

2. Initial placement
Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

Most stencils will come with the main stencil AND an additional smaller piece to use along the top ceiling line of the wall.

Start at the top in the middle of the wall and work out from there. This will ensure a symmetrical and professional finish.

Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

Use the clip-on level (clipped to bottom of the stencil), to level the first placement of the stencil. (Spray adhesive – you could apply a spray adhesive to reduce stencil from lifting off from the wall. I didn’t bother with this and instead just relied on the roller pushing down the stencil as I applied the paint, as well as holding the stencil down with my hands)

You may think to just align to the ceiling line, but they’re not always level, so as you move out you can very easily go off to angle without the help of a level to keep you on track.

3. Apply paint

Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

Technique:

  • Use little paint and dab off excess on a piece of kitchen paper. You want a ‘dry’ brush.
  • Use multiple light strokes over the stencil. This WILL take time, but it’s necessary. Heavy and paint dripping motions WILL result in bleeding.
  • ~3 coats should be enough for good coverage, but you’ll need more for a deep solid colour.

4. Repeat

Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

After the first top line is done you should move down and use the full-sized stencil. From here you can either continue down, or go back and finish the top line. I did a combination of both.

Easy stencil feature wall tutorial
Easy stencil feature wall tutorial
Easy stencil feature wall tutorial
Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

After completing a section, before you re-position the stencil, wait for the paint to dry to avoid smudging the wet paint.

Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

Use the stencil guide marks to align the stencil with the parts already painted, as well as the clip-on level to keep you level.

Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

Here’s the most satisfying part – removing the tape…

Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

Tips

  • Stenciling corners – my best attempt involved me simply pushing the stencil right into the corners as hard as I could and painting quickly to avoid my hand getting tired and slipping – resulting in paint bleed.
Easy stencil feature wall tutorial
Easy stencil feature wall tutorial
Easy stencil feature wall tutorial
  • Wash stencil after a few uses to avoid the dried paint on the stencil peeling into the wet paint.
Easy stencil feature wall tutorial
Easy stencil feature wall tutorial
  • Use a foam roller instead of a stenciling brush. The pattern you use may require a stencil brush, but avoid it if you can. It will take 3 times longer and, unless you have a steady and professional hand, it won’t make a significant difference.
  • Some areas won’t align perfectly, don’t fret. Consider the guide marks as a ‘guide’ and use your eye and discretion to match up the pattern as best you can. Slight misses won’t be easily visible, trust me!
Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

The fantastic results…

bedroom 1

Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

Easy stencil feature wall tutorial
Easy stencil feature wall tutorial

 

Airbnb styling 5

The end of this stencil feature wall project marks the completion of the major elements of my bedroom makeover. Remaining, are just the finishing touches:

  • Replace bedside tables
  • Dressing table mirror
  • Art work
  • Decor chotchkies

UPDATE: I recently also completed ANOTHER DIY upholstered headboard (for the main bedroom) and I’m excited to share that one soon! While my first DIY upholstered headboard was a classic piece, this one is a vibrant RED headboard.

What kind of bedside lamps do you think would go with this new look?

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