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DIY Stencil Tutorial: Paint a Linen Fabric Wall Finish


The elements of design that every room needs are color, pattern, and texture. But with so many elements, it can be hard to include each when you are decorating. Not to worry! We’ve got you covered! Wall Stencils and a unique wall finish is all you need to decorate with color, pattern, AND texture. In this DIY décor tutorial, we show you how to do the technique of dragging, or stria, which creates fabric-like texture to an otherwise smooth wall.
Video Tutorial!
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Supplies:
Mandala Fusion Tile Wall Stencil from Royal Design Studio
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Old White and Pure White
Behr Premium Plus Interior Flat Paint in Merino
Aqua Glaze® by Faux Effects®
Off White Latex Paint
Premixed Joint Compound
4”-6” Nylon Roller and Tray
4” Chip Brush
Wallpaper Smoothing Brush
Plastic sheet or contractor’s paper
Painter’s tape and paper towels
diy stencil tutorial paint a linen fabric wall finish, how to, painting, reupholster, wall decor
PAINT A LINEN FABRIC FINISH
Step 1: Place down plastic sheet or contractor’s paper to protect the surrounding floor area. We’re about to get messy!
Step 2: Mix 1 part latex paint with 4 parts premixed joint compound. You can use a drill mixer to speed up the mixing process, if you have one available.
Step 3: Generously load a 6” paint roller with the paint mix and roll it onto the wall. Make sure to paint small areas (18” by 36” sections) at a time because this paint mix dries very fast!
Step 4: Immediately drag a wallpaper smoothing brush vertically through the paint mix on the wall. Use a takeoff and landing technique with the brush to avoid obvious starting and stopping points. Allow to dry.
Step 5: Repeat Steps 3 and 4, but this time drag the brush horizontally through the paint mix.
Step 6: Smooth out your start and stopping points as much as possible. Allow the wall to dry.
diy stencil tutorial paint a linen fabric wall finish, how to, painting, reupholster, wall decor
STENCILING THE WALL
Step 1: Center and secure the Mandala Fusion Tile Wall Stencil on the wall with painter’s tape.
Step 2: Pour Old White and Pure White Chalk Paint® side by side in the paint tray. Double load the 4” roller with both colors at once. Use the off-loading method and remove excess paint onto a paper towel.
Step 3: Use the roller to stencil the mandala design onto the wall with light pressure and in random directions. The multiple colors and random painting directions will help give the design a distressed fabric look.
Step 4: Use the registration marks built right into the stencil to repeat the design across the wall.
Step 5: Mix 1 part off-white paint with 5 parts Aqua Glaze.
Step 6: Load the 4” chip brush with the glaze mix and use the off-loading method and remove excess paint onto a paper towel.
Step 7: Use the dry brush technique with light pressure and cross hatch motion. This will highlight the raised areas of the stria finish.
diy stencil tutorial paint a linen fabric wall finish, how to, painting, reupholster, wall decor
Stencils and Supplies from royaldesignstudio.com
diy stencil tutorial paint a linen fabric wall finish, how to, painting, reupholster, wall decor
And there you have it, folks! Texture is a key element to creating a special space, and this DIY tutorial is a great way to include texture in your home in a totally unique way.

Suggested materials:

  • Mandala Fusion Wall Stencil  (http://www.royaldesignstudio.com/products/mandala-fusion-tile-stencil)
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint  (http://www.royaldesignstudio.com/collections/annie-sloan-chalk-paint)

To see more: http://www.royaldesignstudio.com

Have a question about this project?

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  • Elizabeth Dion
    on Oct 1, 2018

    Was your basecoat flat when you were done? I have textured walls and don’t understand how your stenciling was so flat and even...i love this design!

  • Robyn Garner
    on Oct 4, 2018

    I have hideous floor to ceiling, wall to wall mirror in my 80's home. I HATE it!!! Really, really hate it! Do you think this type of paint mixed with joint compound will stay stuck on the mirrors? I know using just paint will scratch off. TY!

    • Deb
      on Oct 19, 2018

      Buy some pretty fabric you like to cover the wall of mirrors. Measure your fabric to length plus 1” so you can turn the raw edges under 1/2” on the top and bottom. Finish long edges of fabric as desired. Sew the loop side of hook and loop tape to top and bottom of material. Apply hook side of self sticking heavy duty hook and loop tape to the top and bottom of the mirror. Hang each piece of material along the top of the wall by pressing it firmly into the hook tape on the mirror. After the top of the material is hung securely attach the fabric to the bottom of the mirror. Continue covering the mirror. You may decide to only cover part of of the mirror instead of all of it. Enjoy!

  • Siegrid Monika Yebba
    on Oct 8, 2018

    I like the blue plant etage. Is it a DIY? If not, any info on where to buy it?

    Thanks.

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