I wanted to add some pop to my room and my bathroom and I decided adding a stencil to the wall would be the perfect touch! I originally thought I would add the stencil to my bathroom, but then decided adding it in my room was the way to go. So I headed to Hobby Lobby and picked up the supplies.
Here are the supplies you’ll need to get started:
1. A Stencil (obviously)
I purchased this stencil from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, so it only cost me about $10. It was well worth the $10 too!
These stencils from Stencil Ease are seriously the BEST wall stencil you could get. They make it so easy with guides to line up the stencil perfectly as you move across the wall. It’s almost impossible to not get a seamless & even pattern.
2. Stencil Adhesive
Any brand will usually do, but it is super crucial to use some form of stencil adhesive. I’ve tried doing a stencil on the wall without it before and the paint just leaks under the stencil and runs and streaks preventing any clean lines from forming.
I chose to use DecoArt Designer Series All Purpose Acrylic Paint in Spa Blue because I wanted to bring a little pop of color to my room. This acrylic paint has a chalky finish which is another thing that can help create clean lines when using a stencil on a wall.
4. A Stencil Brush, Foam Brush, or Foam Roller
I decided to use a stencil brush because I liked the streaky look that it left when I brushed it on instead of dabbing it on, but if you want a solid application I would suggest using a foam brush and dabbing it on, or a foam roller and rolling it on.
I started in the top left corner of the wall and worked my way down and across. After spraying the back of the stencil with the adhesive spray I stuck the stencil to the wall and used the stencil brush like you would use a regular paint brush.
Try to avoid using too much paint. It might leak under the endges of the stencil and cause the paint to bleed. If you get too much paint on the brush just use some of it on another area of the stencil so you can spread the paint out. It took a while but here is how fast progress was made…
This was a VERY long process! Even though I wasn’t making the stencil completely opaque it still took a long time due to the dry time between each application. I called it a night around 1:00 am and picked up the process again the next day after I got off work.
I started stenciling again around 6:00.
This is where is became slightly challenging and super annoying!! In order to get the stencil where I needed it I had to bend it over the door frame and hold it in place while I painted over it.
Once I removed the stencil there was a good amount of paint on the door frame which I knew would be there and decided it was easier to give the door frame a fresh coat of paint than to tape it off.
Since the stencil was meant to lay flat I had to go ahead and touch up around the paint that bled by using a small paint brush. I also touched up the rest of the wall where the paint might not have set properly.
I originally had purchased a wardrobe from Walmart that cost me about $40 that was 2 tier, but it was just too big for the space and didn’t work well with all of the long clothing I had.
I decided to purchase a new wardrobe from Target that wasn’t as bulky and better suited my longer clothes. Despite the poor reviews online, this Room Essentials White Metal Garnent Rack has held up great & has not only functioned well, but also had a more stylish look & it was only $25!!