Is your house boring? Too many plain walls and floors? Do you need to make a statement that will wow your family and guests? Maybe stenciling is for you! A cheap, easy alternative to wallpaper and fancy tiles, stencils allow you to change up the feeling of a room without blowing your budget.
Stenciling is not a new concept. Walls have been decorated with stenciled designs for hundreds of years. But stenciling floors and walls have made a comeback, and it is HOT!
How do you stencil on walls or tile floor?
Step 1: Choose your stencil. If you are stenciling tile flooring, find a stencil that matches the measurement of your tiles.
Step 2: Clean the surface you will be stenciling. Use mineral spirits to make sure the surface is free of dirt, hair, and other foreign objects. Make sure to dry the surface completely.
Step 3: Tape the edges. Make sure all edges have painter’s tape so areas you do not want painted stay clean.
Step 4: Prime the surface. Make the surface paint-ready with some primer!
Step 5: Paint the base color. Use a roller and paintbrush to paint on the base color. If you are planning on stenciling your floor, start at the back wall of the room and work your way towards the door so you don’t paint yourself into a corner. You may need more than one coat, but make sure it has time to dry between coats.
Step 6: Stencil time! After you have let the base color dry completely, gently tape the stencil to the first tile in the back corner of the room using painter’s tape. Use a small foam stencil roller, or foam stencil brush to apply the secondary color. Make sure to use thin layers of paint and do multiple coats if needed as to have the least amount of bleed under the stencil. Allow the paint to completely dry.
Step 7: Touch up the stencil work. After the stencil paint has dried, use a small paintbrush with your base color to smooth out the edges of the stencil. With another small paintbrush, cover up any thin patches of the stencil paint.
Step 8: Seal the paint. If you are stenciling tile or any floor surface, make sure to seal the stencil work so that it lasts longer. Pay particular attention to anywhere that water is likely to splash.
Step 9: Enjoy your hard work! Look at this awesome floor or wall that you just created! Great job! Take a minute to look at what you just did. You are awesome!
To style a room with a stenciled wall or floor, keep the other patterns minimal, and let your new stenciling be the statement piece of the room. You worked hard for it, so let it shine!