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Painting with Stencils – 4 Ways To Transform Your Home in No Time

Add Your Unique Style to Any Surface, From Accent Pillows & Appliances to Statement Walls and Everything In Between!

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Painting with stencils can liven up your home with a few strokes of a brush. You can add your own unique sense of style to an otherwise boring object or even an entire room.

You can painting using a few tools – stencils, paint, and brushes to renew your home in fabulous and unexpected ways.

Stenciling works on just about any surface – accent walls, throw pillows, wood furniture, and so much more.

Here are 4 easy DIY projects that teach you how to use stencils to remake your home.

Source: Cutting Edge Stencils

#1 – Spice Up Your Bedroom with a Statement Wall

Is there a wall in your bedroom, living room, or maybe even your bathroom that could use some character?

If you are looking to spruce up a plain wall, then consider using stencils to create an original design that makes the wall stand out. With endless stencil design options, you are guaranteed to find something unique and inspiring other than a fresh coat of paint or new wallpaper.

First, you need to decide what type of stencil would like to use. There are countless designs available. Once you decide on the design, then you need to choose your paint colors. To keep it simple, go with colors that compliment the color scheme you already have in that room. If you would like a drastic change, design an accent wall that stands out by choosing brighter and bolder paint colors.

What You’ll Need:

  • Stencil
  • Paint
  • Stencil brushes
  • Stencil spray adhesive
  • Paint tray
  • Paint roller

Step 1:  Paint the Wall

If you plan to make the base coat a different color than it is now, you will need to get paint for the wall and for the stencil design.

For example, if you want a light blue wall and white paint for the stencil, then you will need to paint the wall that color and wait for it to dry completely before you can apply the stencil.

Step 2: Line Up the Stencil

Place the stencil on the wall. You can use a leveler to be sure that its even.

Once you are confident that the stencil is lined up evenly, attach the stencil to the wall.

You can use painter’s tape to affix the stencil to the wall.

Step 3: Use the Spray

Spray a light coating of the repositionable adhesive spray. The adhesive spray will keep the stencil from sticking to the wall’s surface.

Step 4: Paint the Surface

Pour the paint you selected for the stencil into the paint tray. Wet the paint roller and use it to cover the stencil.

For smaller designs that require finer detail, use a paint brush rather than a roller for a cleaner look.

Step 5: Follow the Registration

Gently remove the stencil from the wall. Let the paint dry slightly before repositioning the stencil.

Be sure to use the registration marks found on the stencil to line up the design you just painted. If you don’t line it up correctly, your design will have gaps and spaces.

This is important. You want the finished product to be connected and cohesive like it was drawn with one giant stencil.

Step 6: Fill In the Blanks

Depending on the stencil you chose, it might come with a smaller stencil that is designed specifically for the areas near the ceiling and floors.

To cover the entire wall, you may need to go in with this small piece of stencil and fill in paint where the stencil left blank spots.

When it’s completely done and dry, the finished product will look like a brand new wall.

Source: Cutting Edge Stencils

#2 – Brighten Up Your Sofa with Custom Designed Accent Pillows

If you’ve had your living room furniture for a while, you may be tempted to trade up. But if style is what you’re after, consider painting fabric with stencils to refresh your space.

Instead of buying a new sofa, which can cost thousands of dollars, you can add some accent items. Fun and colorful throw pillows can be just the right thing to make your living room pop.

There are many stencil kits for throw pillows to choose from. Stencil kits come with everything you need to complete the project successfully. If you are a novice to craft projects like this, getting a stencil kit might be a great option to get your feet wet with.

For those who want to create something more unique, here are the steps to take.

What You’ll Need:

  • Stencil
  • Stencil brushes
  • Paint
  • Paint roller (you can also use a sponge)
  • Fabric or pillowcase
  • Fabric medium (dries the paint faster)

Step 1: Set Up the Area

Once you’ve decided where you are going to paint, tape the fabric to the surface you are using.

If using fabric that you will later sow together to make the throw pillow, be sure to allow room on the edges to sow together.

Step 2: Line it Up

Place the stencil on the pillowcase making sure it it even. Secure the stencil with painter’s tape or adhesive spray.

Step 3: Paint and Paint Some More

Using the paint roller, color in the stencil until the design covers the fabric.

You may want to let the paint dry for a bit before painting the next section of the pillow.

Once you are done and the entire pillow is covered in the design, wait until it dries fully before painting the other side.

If you have more than one pillow you are designing, you can paint the other pillows while the first one dries.

#3 – Turn Your Coffee Table From Drab to Fabulous

A fun and cheap way to add something special to your home with second hand furniture from a yard sale or thrift store. You can reinvent old furniture by giving it a new makeover.

What You’ll Need:

  • Stencil or stencil kit
  • Paint
  • Stencil brushes
  • Foam roller
  • Spray adhesive

Step 1: Apply the Base

Paint the coffee table with the base coat you chose. Let it dry.

Step 2: Apply the Stencil

Begin in the center of the coffee table and line the stencil up evenly.

Step 3: Paint the Table

Use the roller to fill in the stencil with paint. Remember to use the adhesive spray prior to removing and repositioning the stencil.

Continue this process until the coffee table is completely covered in the new design.

#4 Beautifully Crafted Glass

Painting with stencils can not only bolster your home decor, but it can also add a little something extra to your glassware and windows.

You can give the glass in your home a vibrant new look in just a few easy steps.

Choose the glass or window surface you would like to transform.

What You’ll Need:

  • Stencil
  • Paint (enamel or acrylic)
  • Stencil brushes
  • Foam roller
  • Spray adhesive

Step 1: Clean the Surface

Be sure to wash the windows you plan to stencil before you begin painting.

Window washer, white vinegar, and rubbing alcohol are all good products to clean your windows and glass surfaces with.

Step 2: Paint the Window

Wait until the windows are dry. Then line up your stencil and tape it to the window. Use the roller to apply the paint on the stencil.

Use adhesive spray to remove the stencil. Reposition the stencil, reattach it to the glass to paint some more, and repeat.

Once finished, your window will have transformed into beautiful frosted glass. Stenciling your windows offers a unique look. As a bonus, it can provide some privacy for locations near entryways, walkways, and a nosy neighbor’s house.

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