How To Stencil A Wall | Wall Stencil Tutorial


Hey y’all! I had the time of my life this past weekend in Atlanta at the Haven Conference. I hope to share more about that later this week! 🙂 Yay! Today, I’m giving you a few more details on how to stencil a wall with the wall I stenciled for my DIY Drop Space project. I know it looks complicated, but trust me it isn’t at all!

How To Stencil A Wall

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When I was deciding what to do to make the wall pretty, I stumbled upon the Herringbone Shuffle stencil from Royal Design Studios and I fell in love. Hard.

How To Stencil A Wall

The lovely ladies at Royal Design Studio sent me the stencil as well as two great quality brushes.

How To Stencil A Wall

This is the 1″ brush and the 1 1/2″ brush. They are both wonderful!

How To Stencil A Wall

I prepped my wall with bonding primer over paneling, then two coats of my favorite paint color – Sherwin Williams Shoji White.

To get started stenciling, you need…

  • Brushes
  • Paint
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Paper Towels

Use a level to make sure everything is lined up. Then tape the stencil in place with painter’s tape.

How To Stencil A Wall

Have fun choosing which paint colors to put where. I loved that part of this project. I used four Valspar sample pots from Lowe’s that were color matched to Sherwin Williams – Worldly Gray, Amazing Gray, Intellectual Gray and Quietude.

The secret to crisp lines is this….it is imperative to off load your brushes after you dip them in paint or else you’ll have ugly bleeding lines all over the place. I dipped my brushes in the paint and then swirled them around on paper towels to off load. It worked very well.

How To Stencil A Wall

You may be wondering how I got the pattern all the way to the ceiling. Well, the stencil comes with a ceiling filler piece that works brilliantly to fill in the area between the large stencil and the ceiling.  I just continued stenciling the entire wall. I also used painter’s tape…liberally. Ha!

Royal Design Studio stencils come with registration marks which make lining up the stencil a total no-brainer. So smart!

How To Stencil A Wall

Before you know it, your wall will be covered with a beautiful stencil that is the perfect backdrop or focal wall in your home. LOVE this wall!

I used a teeny tiny brush to touch up where I had boo-boos. There weren’t many, but I did wing it in a few places. 😉 One thing that I will definitely do next time is to remove moldings, so the stencil can be as flat as possible in awkward spots.

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Didn’t it turn out so pretty?! I love the peaceful, soothing colors. And the pattern is just uber cool.

If you missed my organized Drop Space, you’ve got to check it out. The before and after is pretty incredible!

Have you ever stenciled a wall?



P.S. Stay tuned for a stencil giveaway from Royal Design Studio!

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  1. Would you mind sharing the colors? This is adorable and exactly what I have been looking for as a feature behind my daughters bed. Great Job! Love love it!

      1. I see them now clear as a bell:)
        My non caffeinated mommy brain must have skipped right over them this morning:) Thanks again !

  2. This. looks. fanTASTIC!!! I’m using this same stencil right now to do a focal wall in our hallway and doing multi-color, too, but I loooove your color palette here. GREAT job!! I have to use a ton of painter’s tape to tape off different colors. It’s a slowww process getting the whole wall done, but well worth the effort ; )
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  3. Did you do one coat of each color or did you let the first coat dry and come back and do another coat? I’m attempting this stencil next week on a really big wall! Glad to come across your experience!

  4. Do you have to wait for it to dry before you move the stencil down to the next spot on the wall?

    1. When you stencil, you do it with such a light touch and so little paint, the places are basically dry by the time you move to a new area. I didn’t wait, but just kept moving and didn’t have any smudges. 🙂

  5. Hi! Your wall looks amazing & I’m interested in doing this in my baby girls nursery…Just wondering how you switched paint colors on the brush? Was it quick & easy to clean the brush & switch to the next color or would it be better to look into getting multiple brushes?

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