Stencil a Wall Border

Edited by Robbi, Lynn, Eng

Your home is your castle. Those blank walls with the stark white paint just are not reflecting who you are and showing your unique style.

Getting a great look that reflects your style sometimes means stepping outside the boundaries and creating something that isn't available on the shelf in a wallpaper store. You want your own look and your own personality on your walls and around your home.

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It's also true that it can be hard to find the perfect wallpaper pattern to suit your taste. Additionally, if the wall in question is a unique shape, such as the wall underneath a stair case, it can be quite challenging to attempt to wallpaper just that portion of the wall. An alternate approach is to use creative stencils to dress it up a little and downplay the difficulty.

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One of the benefits to stenciling your walls is that you are able to find more variety in your decorating look. In addition, creating your own stencils isn't that difficult, so you have infinitely more options. When you stencil your walls, your options are nearly limitless as to the patterns you can use.

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At one time stencils were the only option available to people to dress up a wall. Wallpaper was very costly and not available in a wide range of prints. Itinerant painters would go from town to town selling their services to dress up the more upscale homes. Today, stenciling is enjoying a resurgence, with more and more people taking a paintbrush in hand to get the exact look and feel that they want for their own home.

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From the kitchen to the entryway, getting a great look is possible for a lot less effort than you might think when you stencil your own patterns on your walls.

What You Need to Stencil Your Walls

  • stencils
  • stencil brush
  • painter's tape
  • wall color paint
  • accent color paint
  • paper towels
  • level
  • pencils

Steps Required to Stencil a Wall

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  1. 1
    Choose the wall that you want to stencil, and pick out the design that you want
    You can create this design yourself from scratch, but you don't really have to do it this way. You can also get stencil patterns on the Internet or elsewhere.
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    Paint the wall the color you want that goes with your stencil design.
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  3. 3
    Set up your starting point
    Figure out where you want to start the stencils on your wall, and then use the painter's tape to set the stencil there.
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    It's a good idea to start somewhere at the edge of the wall, such as in the top corner.
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  5. 5
    Paint the design with your brush
    One of the best ways to do this is by using the dry brush method. Do this by dipping the brush in the paint that you want. Then, use a paper towel to get rid of all excess paint. Fill in the stencil gaps by tapping the brush against the wall shown in the stencil gap. You can also use a sponge, drying it by daubing it on a paper towel to get a slightly different texture to your stencil.
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    Whichever method you use, make sure that your brush or sponge is not too paint covered to avoid bleeding the paint below the stencil
    Dabbing the paint is best.
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    Create a registration point, then move the stencil
    Use a pencil to trace in a point to help you match up the next pattern in order to make sure it comes out even. After you finish with one pattern, move the stencil to the next point, taking care to match up the points.
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    Use your level to make sure the stencil is completely even when you replace it with the painter's tape.
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    Repeat until design covers wall
    If the stencil won't completely fit on the wall because you ran out of room near an edge, you can tape the stencil past the edge of the wall, and just fill in the parts of the stencil that do fit. This will help create the illusion that the pattern is continuous, and it will make the stencil designs look exactly like wallpaper.
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    Creating just a border around the upper portion of the wall or a chair rail is a unique way to inject your style into a room.
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    Very large stencils are also available that will put just one or two elements into the room and allow you to draw attention to one wall or make a unique focal point in your room.
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Tips for Stenciling

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* Some stencils which require two or even three layers in order are available to get a very intricate look. Make sure that they are lined up correctly.

* Don't just use paint strokes to paint in the stencil instead of tapping, because then you might go too far and have paint slip beyond the opening, which can ruin your pattern.

* Hold the stencil in place carefully when tapping in the designs or you might slip and get some that are uneven.

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