Tips & Tricks You Must Know to Stencil Walls Like a Pro

7 Materials
4 Hours

How to Stencil a DIY Accent Wall on a Budget

Cutting Edge Stencils is going to teach you how to stencil corners and edges with ease! Inspired by Moroccan designs of the past, this intricate geometric pattern is so popular today. Our tile stencils are fabulous on walls, back splashes or in place of floor cement tiles. Our tile stencil designs are super easy to use and provide big savings to more costly alternatives of wallpaper and floor tiles. You can create fabulously ornate, beautiful accent walls with this moroccan design. This Tile stencil features an easy registration system, just use parts of the previously painted design to align and lock in the stencil, check for level and continue. This gives you a seamless “wallpaper” look. Don’t worry about super perfect alignment: in the end your eye will never ever notice the discrepancy.

Before you begin stenciling, mask off your crown molding, baseboards, and switch plates. Pour your paint into a tray. We recommend stenciling with paint in a flat latex finish. 

Evenly load your 4-inch dense foam roller. You do NOT want a lot of paint on your roller so if there is any excess paint, offload it onto a paper towel

Add a clip-on stencil level to your stencil to guarantee straight results every time. Reduce bleed by spraying the back of your stencil with spray adhesive. Position your stencil at the top of your wall or crown molding gently. Gently roll the paint over your stencil.

If everything is applied properly, your paint should dry in about a minute. Easily align your stencil with the registration marks and the previously painted area.

When you reach the baseboard, lay the remaining section of the stencil on a large piece of paper or tarp to avoid getting any paint on your floor. When you reach the bottom roll your roller downwards towards the baseboard. Then take a 3/4 inch professional stencil brush and pounce towards the baseboards for an extra crisp line.

The free top stencil makes it easy to fill in the gap between your crown molding and your stenciled wall. Align it with the previously painted area, then roll your roller towards the crown molding and pounce your brush towards the crease.

Now its time to stencil your corners. Mask off the wall you are moving your stencil towards. Position your stencil so it aligns to the previously painted wall and wraps around the corner. Roll the paint directly into the corner. Then take your professional stencil brush and pounce it into the corner.

Take a touch-up liner brush and fill in any gaps or bleed with the colors you used if needed!

You can finally go ahead and remove the tape to reveal your work!

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  • Ethel Hamilton Wells
    on May 24, 2019

    How much time did it take you and the cost to do it?

    • Cutting Edge Stencils
      on May 31, 2019

      Hi Ethel! This project only took 4 hours to complete an entire accent wall. The stencil is only $39.95 on our website. Depending on the paint colors you choose, the rest of the project price will vary. Overall, we spent less money & time stenciling than we would of applying pesky wallpaper.

  • Ilene
    on May 24, 2019

    Beautiful! Ddd you measure the wall & stencil before your started? Did you measure & position the middle of the stencil at the middle point of the wall?

  • Elaine Suter-Rink
    on Aug 7, 2019

    I love the look! I'm looking forward to having a place where I have the freedom to do such a fun look! Maybe my sister will let me try on her walls... (Fingers crossed... She may want to put her house on the market before year's end & perhaps this idea could give a refreshed look to some rroom. Do you think stenciling over a faux finished uneven texture ( in paint, I think... meant to resemble old adobe or such I think); would there be problems on that idea?

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  • DIY disciple
    on May 29, 2019

    Have you ever done anything on tile. I was thinking of painting an accent row on white tile. I never did this before and don’t know what kind of paint to use on a shower. Can you help.

    • Cutting Edge Stencils
      on May 31, 2019

      Hi! We have a whole tile genre dedicated to gorgeous tile stencils on our website. Even though we usually don't recommend painting a surface that is consistently getting wet, Hometalk has great blog posts posted from people that have done it!

  • Diane
    on Jun 9, 2019


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