Friday, April 12, 2013

Office Stencil Wall Tutorial

I'm back today sharing another tutorial from an old project. My office stencil wall!

Okay, so it looks complicated, but if you really think about it it's as easy as tracing a stencil onto the wall and painting it. But for those of you who want some more detail, it is my pleasure to give you some step by step instructions on how to make your very own stencil wall. You do not need to be artistic to complete this project, but patience is necessary!

Folk Art Metallic Pearl White Paint 
(one bottle = 1 coat for me)
- Paintbrush 
- Wet Rag - for the many mess ups!

1. First, pick out the shape you would like to stencil, find an image online, blow it up to the size you need and print it off on printer paper.

Cut it out and it will look like this...

2. Use an exacto knife to cut out your shape on stencil paper:

3. Now it is time to slap it up on the wall. 

I started in the top right hand corner of my wall. I didn't bother using a level, but I do recommend tracing the pattern from the top to the bottom (vertically). I got ahead of myself and started moving horizontally which got me off a little bit in the middle. I used a pencil to lightly trace the pattern. I would recommend using a colored pencil of the color you plan on painting if you can track one down. I was to anxious to start so I went ahead with a lead pencil. 

4. After you trace one row of the pattern, it is time to whip out the paint.

It is important to always paint inside your pencil lines.

Because this isn't a traditional stencil and is instead just a cut out of the shape, you cannot just trace the pattern over the entire wall and then go back and paint. It requires you to do some layering by putting the stencil over the freshly painted part, like shown above, to ensure the pattern stays the same size. 

It was a little difficult to get an accurate picture of the color due the all the light coming in, but here is the finished product.

And one more...

If you've been considering tackling a project like this, I encourage you to get started! It makes a big difference to a small, boxy room. Here is some more inspiration to help get you started!

And if you don't feel like making your own stencil, Cutting Edge Stencils offers several different patterns. I have heard wonderful things about them and they seem to be very easy to use. 

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