September 24, 2013

How To | Stencil on Textured Walls Part I

Even before we moved into this house I knew I wanted to stencil this entryway.  Originally I was leaning towards something a little more modern and a color way more monochromatic!  But when the people from Royal Stencil Design Studio contacted me about doing a product review, I fell in love with this pattern!  And the more I looked at the entryway and considering the direction of my formal living/dining room {adjacent} I decided a bold color would look better!

To be honest, before I started I was not exactly sure how to feel about this DIY.  I was confident I could do it, but I was just not sure if I was up for the challenge.  But before I could think twice about it I was laying out the drop cloths and pouring out the paint.  

Since I had such a large area to cover I was happy to have selected a large scale stencil.  I also think this pattern worked well in the large space.  I think it is key to select a stencil that will work well for the area you will be stenciling.  Here are the supplies I would recommend:

Stencil of choosing {I used the Contempo Trellis}
Large Stencil brush
{Select brush based on stencil size and area.  I used a 2" stencil brush}
Painter Tape
3M Super Spray 77 {adhesive}
Paper Towels
Paint Cup or bowl

Also recommended:
4" high nap roller {for textured walls}
Paint tray
Laser Level

To get started MAKE SURE you know exactly what walls you will be stenciling.  When I first thought about this project {a year ago} I was going to only stencil the wall with the console table and mirror.  But after I switched gears and changed the stencil pattern and color, I thought it would look good wrapped around the entry.  But I was a little unsure... and because I didn't want to hesitate starting this project I decided I would do that one wall first and see if I liked just the one or wanted to continue. 
And here is why that is was a problem.
To start your stencil you pic your midpoint.  Almost just like tiling you work from the center.  I started on the center of that wall at the ceiling.  Luckily the stencil was perfectly cut so I could just push the top of the stencil to the ceiling.  Anyways back to finding center.... Since I started on that one side wall just to see, it was not the true center of my layout...
This would have been the center of my layout.  And I kick myself now because this is the sight line from my family room couch and it slightly bugs me that the pattern is not centered above the door.  {Not enough to redo it though... ha!}  Ok... find your center point!  Once that is done I would recommend setting up a laser level even with the bottom cutout of the stencil.  Ceiling lines are never even, so basing your levelness of your stencil on the ceiling is not a good idea.  I attempted to use the laser level about halfway down the first wall, but it was not working well and I was slightly out of level.  This gave am a bit of issues... I will detail later.  I also only started with painter tapes to hold the stencil up.  I didn't use the spray adhesive until I was in the corners, and then after that the back was sticky so I continued to use it.  
I am not sure if I liked it with the spray adhesive more or not.  
When you start applying the paint to the wall you will want to use a fairly dry brush.  To make this happen you will load your brush/roller up with paint and then promptly take most of it off on a paper towel.  This is important when working on textured walls.  I have knock down texture {orange peel} and there are peaks and valleys in the texture.  This makes it easy for the paint to bleed under the stencil.  If there is excess paint on your roller/brush it will bleed a lot.  Keeping the brush dry kept bleeding to a minimum.  Surprisingly, even after I took most of the paint off there was still quite a bit of paint left on the brush.  
 For the stencils in the field I would start with a roller. 
 This is what it looked like after a pass with the roller.  
After a pass with the roller I would then finish up with the brush.  Since the edge of the stencil overlapped some of the previous pattern I would start there first so it was dry by the time I moved the stencil to the next.  It is important to keep the brush straight and work the paint in by small stipples.  You hand will hurt after a while, but I think the brush gave me the best finish.
BTW, I never had an issue with the paint not being dry.  You are using so little paint, it drys super fast, and it dries on the stencil fairly fast too.
I completed the whole field first before I attempted the corners.  Tape the opposite corner off with painters tape.  I never use tape when I am painting, but this is not a graceful cut in job!  Your fingers will get messy and you will be fighting with the stencil to fold just right into the corner all the while trying to keep the pattern straight!  The corner on the end of the area was easy... it was the inside corners where the pattern wrapped that was the ultimate pain in the A**!  And remember when I was slightly off level?  That made the pattern was not as easy to line up as it could have been.  Some of the previous stencils were slightly off so when I turned the corner I decided to re-level the pattern and not match up the pattern perfectly.  
Luckily it was in the corner behind the door and not too terribly noticeable!  
I will say it is not perfect, but it is livable.  And here is a good time to note that there is bottom and top to the stencil.  I took a break and when I came back to it I picked up the stencil and got to work.  For 3 stencils the pattern was turned on its side!  
Again, luckily it was in the corner behind the door and not too terribly noticeable!  
SHH don't tell anyone!
While working in the corners it was very hard to keep paint from leaking onto the wall and behind the stencil.  So sometimes when I would go to move the stencil, there would be residual paint on the back.  At first I tried to wipe the paint off after every placement, but that was not super easy!  So in the end I just spent some time doing touch up!

Tomorrow I will detail touch up and clean up of the stencil process in Part II.


Rea T said...

wowzah! i love the pattern & the bold color!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

What a labor of love. Thanks for the breakdown girl!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Wow, this came out great and was obviously a lot of work. No one will notice that center point thing. It looks beautiful.

Becky said...

OK, I'm officially obsessed with this! When we move, I am doing this FOR SURE!