Houzz TV: How to Stencil a Wall

Houzz TV: How to Stencil a Wall

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Houzz TV: How to Stencil a Wall

In this episode of Houzz TV, watch as decorative artist and paint expert Shauna Gallagher demonstrates how to transform a wall with the help of a stencil.

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Sheila Schmitz

Very fun to watch her peel off the stencil to reveal that crisp, clean design. That alone makes me want to try it.

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Mercy Maina

where is the stencil and paint from?

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Diane Meadows
What a great way to add interest to a wall! Dress up a wall or add a pop of color! Vey. Ice. The video makes it seem uncomplicated and not as intimidating as I thought a project like this might be.
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Bombayhills
Can you share some resources to find good stencil patterns. Looks like a great project to accent a wall. TY
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soverall

What kind of adhesive would work for this?


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Linda L
Can I stencil textured walls? I live in Florida where most builders " stucco" the interior walls.
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Nancy Bremner

I made my own stencil out of a clear film that I could press on the wall using stencil adhesive. The design had one hand print from all the family members (4) and then I cut out various animals and the circle of life patterns and a chevron. As you probably guessed I was doing the stencil to be similar to cave drawings. I had many compliments and it was neat to see my childrens' hand prints on the wall (where I wanted them). :) Nancy

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June van Blokland

While she is working on a board rather than the actual wall, how do you get the stencil in the corner, other than having to do them at the end and cutting the stencil.

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lyrics1967

Good question June van Blokland. I hope we get an answer.


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koriana8

Linda L. You can try... Your wall is quite bumpy which means you should choose your stencil carefully - the geometric designs shown here are difficult... I've stencilled a similar surface. I used a stylised flower design and then "touched up" the design free hand with a fine paintbrush.

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Sheila Schmitz

Find more tips and info in the accompanying article: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/82194889

Bombay Hills, you can find stencil patterns right here on Houzz: https://www.houzz.com/photos/products/query/stencil-pattern/nqrwns

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June van Blokland

stencil patterns are all products that are stenciled already. Not the stencils themselves.

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arielluvin
I've done it and it's a great inexpensive way to add depth to a space, though it is time consuming. You do need to make sure you the stencil is level each time. Corners are tricky.
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Mario Ojeda
love this for an accent wall or a bathroom
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vickylmiller

I stenciled this wall in our bedroom. I used the same stencil in a small bathroom above wainscoting, thinking such a small area would be easy to do. Wrong! It was difficult going around the corners and working in tight quarters.

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lyrics1967

Linda L, I would buy an inexpensive little palm sander and knock all that stucco off. Since stucco isn't as bumpy as the old texture we used to have, where it was little bumps everywhere like the measles, it should come off more easily. It might just start to fall off. Make it smooth like you would do to prep a wall before wallpapering. Once done, dust the walls clean, then use a primer and then paint with your chosen color. Once all is dry, then stencil. I really think if you don't get the walls smooth, you will waste time trying to stencil.

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celestina89

Stenciling Textured Walls: The process is the same, except for two things.

1. Make sure the stencil adhesive spray sticks well and you go over the entire stencil which should be thick, not a cheap thin one.

2. Use a roller, not a paint brush. The roller should be small - like a mini size. Much easier to control the paint which is the goal. Use a lot less paint on the roller so it doesn't look wet or shiny. Then roll it several times 5-8 times on a folded paper towel. Use several passes to get coverage, but there will be less bleeds or fuzzy edges when you remove the stencil.

Pick your stencil pattern based on what the end result will be. It should be a simple design without a lot of swirls and flourishes.

Do stand back a few feet once your wall is bone dry. If you need to do a little touch up, then use a small flat artist's brush from a craft store. Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect.

However, if perfection is your goal, then sand the wall flat, but you'll loose that gorgeous texture that become enhanced with a stencil making it arty. If you do sand, make sure you sand very even with no dips/valleys or indentations. Apply even pressure while you sand and wear a mask to prevent inhaling dust.

I've helped a girl friend with a bedroom wall, then later an entry area and both times they came out great. The texture really adds a lot to the finish.

There are some tutorials on youtube. Just browse something like "stenciling texture walls" for a search.

   
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Answer for Linda L: For a textured interior wall it is difficult to get a clear line on the registration of the stencil. As an alternative look in to murals painted directly freehand on the wall.

   
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Gloria H.
I did my teens bathroom several years ago because of her dang hairspray. Easy except the the tops and bottoms.
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Ngọc Phạm

thank you!

   
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triciajoelle

I found wallpaper for a dining room that was soooo out of my price range, but I had to have it. To do my 11x12 ft dining room, $1800 for paper alone. I bought one roll for $260, sent a piece to a custom stencil company for $165, and spent a lot of money on stencil paint/supplies.... around $500 total (as opposed to $1800 plus installation cost!) The base color was an eggshell with a slight shine, the stenciling is flat. When looked at on an angle, it looks slightly like silk with the contrast. The adjoining kitchen was painted in the base coat color but in semigloss. The green is the other side, adjoining room- living room. The white speaks for itself- 7" base molding, trim and crown. The floors were refinished to match the kitchen cabinets. Final product....




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evawetzel

Fun to see stenciling making a bit of a come back. I used to have rabbits running along my cabin baseboards. I loved those rabbits but after 10 years they started to feel dated. Perhaps I can make them scoot along again.

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