You are probably wondering why I'm doing just one wall in our master bathroom.Since our master bathroom is small, I didn't want to add too much visual interest to the main walls, so I chose to do the first wall you see when you come into the room. I thought this would still add a little dimension without being overwhelming.How to stencil a wall without bleeding
- Prep the surface and wipe the wall down with a damp cloth to remove dust. If needed, sand areas down that are loose or cracked first. You want the wall to be smooth and clean.
- Grab the ruler and level and draw a straight line at the ceiling. Most ceilings aren't straight so make sure you don't skip this step.
- Line the stencil up with the straight ceiling line. SEE NOTE BELOW. Most of the time you will not want to start at the ceiling (due to the stencil excess), but maybe one pattern level down.
- Use painters tape to tape as much of the edges of the stencil as you can. The flatter the stencil sits against your wall the better.
- Dip your brush into the paint and then offload your paint onto a paper towel. This is similar to a dry brush method.
- Stabilize the stencil with your hand or a tool like a ruler.
- DAB (keyword is dab) the paint brush onto the stencil on the wall. DAB DAB DAB (no I'm not talking about that new crazy dance everyone is doing, LOL). Don't use painting motions as it can cause bleed through.
- After you've finished dabbing (is that a word?) the entire stencil, LET IT DRY. Be patient folks, you'll thank me later.
- Once the paint is dry, slowly remove the stencil.
- Move the stencil down and line the top row of the stencil up with the bottom row of the painted pattern.
- Repeat steps 4-9
- Touch up paint as needed.
Where is the best place on the wall to start stenciling?
Note: I chose to start stenciling at the top of the wall. Lots of tutorials suggest starting in the middle of the wall and working your way out. When you walk in the bathroom the first thing you see is the top half of this wall, so I chose to make sure it looked good! I don't think there is a right or wrong answer as to where to start. Every wall and every space might require a little different stenciling starting spot.Let me share some in progress pictures.You can see below where I used a level to make sure the ceiling was straight. Shockingly my ceiling was straight so I didn't have to draw a straight starting line.