How to Stencil a Room from Ceiling to Floor
In this blog post, Oak Lane Studio breaks down how to paint the walls and corners of any room with our new topper stencil accessory. You will need several supplies in order to properly paint your wall, all of which can be found below at OakLaneStudio.com
- Tranquil Branches Stencil
- Repositionable Spray Adhesive
- Frog Tape Painter's Tape
- High Density Foam Rollers
- Stencil Brush
As with most stencil projects, the first step will be to spray the back of your stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive. The Repositionable Spray Adhesive will give the back of your stencil a sticky coating to hold the stencil details flat to the surface of your wall. Hold the can 8-12 inches away from the back of the stencil to apply a layer of spray. Wait 30 seconds for the spray to become tacky before pressing the stencil to the wall.
Press the stencil to the wall so the top of the stencil is flat against the crown molding or ceiling. Make sure the entire stencil is smoothed out with all the details against the surface. Use frog tape around the edges to prevent paint from being rolled beyond the stencil while the Repositionable Spray Adhesive holds the details of the stencil to the wall.
In order to stencil you need to use a dry roller technique to paint the design. Roll the roller in the paint until it is entirely coated. Roll the excess off into the paint tray. The roller will still be too wet to stencil with so the next step is to roll the excess off onto paper towel. Newspaper, cardboard, or any scrap paper should work for this purpose. Roll until the roller feels just about dry to the touch. The paint coming off the roller should resemble the image above.
Roll paint through the stencil gradually without applying too much pressure. The dry roller technique prevents paint bleed from getting beneath the edges of the stencil. The key to stenciling is to lightly build the color. You don't want to use too much paint or else the paint will build on the corners of the design.
After 3-4 light coats of rolling you will want to start using a stencil brush to fill in the smaller details. Swirl the stencil brush in the paint then swirl the excess off onto a piece of paper towel. The stencil brush should feel almost dry to the touch, just like with the roller.
Use the stencil brush to swirl paint through the smaller details of the stencil. It should take about 3 coats to reach full coverage in these fine details. If you notice that too much paint is coming off the brush you should stop and swirl more paint off the brush onto paper towel. Paint can build in excess on the edges of the stencil causing the design to be blurry if too much is used.
There is a triangular registration mark in each of the 4 corners of the stencil. The registration marks are used to properly align the stencil across the wall as the design is repeated. Place a small piece of Frog Tape painters tape beneath each of these registration marks. Use a pencil or stencil brush to replicate the triangular design.
Gently peel the stencil off the wall and line the registration marks up with the stencil in its next position. There is also a feature of the design that will line up in addition to the triangles in both corners. This will ensure that your stencil design will properly line up as you paint your wall. Before you continue painting be sure to put a piece of painter's tape beneath each corner to continue using the registration marks.
Stencil as close to the corner as possible without needing to bend the stencil - that step comes later. You will be able to line the registration marks up on the top and side of your stencil depending on where the next segment of the design is going. Lightly roll the paint through just as before, moving onto the next section as you go.
Make sure when you get to the bottom of the wall that the trim is masked off with painter's tape. As you line up the top registration marks of the stencil you will want to let the rest of the stencil hang down over the trim. Roll paint through the stencil and down towards the painter's tape as close as you can get. The roller will help press the stencil down to the wall where it goes over the trim. After getting full coverage as low as you can it is time to switch to the stencil brush. Swirl paint through the design and right up onto the painter's tape for a crisp design edge at the bottom.
Once you have repeated the stencil design across the entire bottom of your wall, reveal your handiwork by removing the painter's tape!
To stencil into the corner the first step is to mask off the wall opposite of the one you are stenciling onto. Line up the registration marks and press the stencil into the corner. You will want to use painter's tape to hold the stencil into position as close to the corner as possible.
Roll paint as close to the corner as possible. As you paint into the corner the roller will help bend the stencil into position. This will help take the design right to the edge of your wall. Once you get full coverage, switch to the stencil brush to swirl paint the rest of the way into the corner so the pattern transitions smoothly past the corner.
Once you stencil the entire corner of one wall you are ready to continue the design onto the next. Start by removing the painters tape from the wall you will be stenciling and line up the stencil design and registration marks. Bend the stencil into the corner of the wall as the pattern would continue and put painters tape beneath the next set of registration marks before tracing them with a pencil. Now take off the stencil to mask the corner you have just stenciled. Put the stencil back into position and stencil the other side of the corner just as before!
Finish the design with the topper stencil! Use Repositionable Spray adhesive on the back of the stencil and press it into position at the top of the wall. Use painters tape to mask off the trim and the edges of the topper. Roll paint into the design before switching to the stencil brush to swirl paint into the top corner of the wall.
After using the topper stencil across the entire wall you are finished! All that is left to do is remove the registration marks and admire your beautiful, hand painted wall! For more information be sure to check out the video below. Visit https://www.oaklanestudio.com/ to browse our products!