How To Stencil

Stenciling can improve the esthetic view of various materials that will upgrade the overall environment of your home. Creativity is the limit to what you can stencil at home. You can easily and quickly renovate cabinets, walls, ceilings, flooring, and/or wooden furniture. The article will list the tools required to get a stenciling job done and touch upon a few recommendations. At the end of the reading, you will be ready to take on any stenciling job like a professional.

Buying your pre-cut stencils

First and foremost is buying the pre-cut stencil design of your choice. You shall find yourself immersed in a wide selection of choices. The size of the stencil will depend on the size of the area to be stenciled. For example, if you want to stencil the ceiling, buying small stencils will exponentially make the job harder and more time-consuming. Make sure the stencil itself is not made of poor materials if you are going to use it for large projects or want to store it for later use.

The design is totally in your hands though and you can go as elaborate or as simple as your heart desires. A more complicated design will take more time but that can be easily remedied with the satisfaction of having an amazing end-result.

Materials needed

You will need the following materials: tape measure, a level-A, painters blue tape (perfect for small projects), spray adhesive (better for larger projects), paper towels, small containers, painting brush (sized according to the stencil complexity not size of project), clean rags, acrylic paint, marking pen, and poster board. The tape measure will obviously be used to measure the area to be painted and calculate which areas will require special attention if the pre-cut stencil does not evenly match the dimensions. The level-A is to guarantee straight vertical and horizontal lines while dividing the space out according to stencil measurements. Painters blue tape and spray adhesive purpose is to keep the stencil from moving while you work. The poster board is so you can practice using the stencils before starting with the actual surface. The rest of the materials are self-explanatory.

Stenciling recommendations

After each print you must check the back and edge of the stencil to clean any smudges or they will pass on to the next one. Normally, a stencil will require an entire cleaning after every five to six prints if using thick paint. Warm soapy water will do the trick. Allow to dry before using again.

Clean any used brushes immediately and always make sure to use a dry brush when stenciling. A dry brush will avoid uneven or different colored prints since water thins out paint. Speaking of paint, you are looking for an ink-like consistency. It cannot be runny nor should it be too thick that it impairs a smooth movement.

Practice stenciling

Like it was mentioned before, the poster board is to practice your stenciling techniques with that specific design. Paint your board the color of the wall and sample different color schemes. This way you can view in-person how each color will react with the wall color and choose the best one for you.

Stenciling is an easy to do upgrade that will look amazing with the proper care. You will be very happy with the results! Get creative and observe which areas of your house can benefit from a stencil design.

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