How To Stencil A Faux Backsplash: Tips, Tricks, & What Not To Do

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ADD A FAUX BACKSPLASH TO YOUR KITCHEN OR PANTRY EASILY WITH MY FAVORITE TIPS & TRICKSDo y’all know what’s better than a beautiful stencil backsplash? A beautiful stencil backsplash that you got right the first time Luckily after this tutorial you will be able to learn from my mistakes!I partnered with Stencil Revolution to create a gorgeous backsplash for our brand new pantry renovation project!They have the best selection of stencils & lot’s of different sizes to fit your space.
  • Stencil 
  • Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • Adhesive Spray
  • Pencil
  • Foam Roller
  • Paper Towel
Choosing a stencil
The first step is measure your space and choose a stencil that will fit or can be cut to fit without looking awkward. I did have to cut a small amount off of my stencil to make it fit.This is the French Bee Trellis Stencil from Stencil Revolution! 
Apply Adhesive
Spray an adhesive onto the back of the stencil.As you can tell this tip came after I had already tried to use the stencil without it! When you are using a large stencil like this an adhesive really helps the middle of the stencil to stick firmly to the wall. 
Place & tape the stencil onto the wall
Once the adhesive is sprayed onto the back of the stencil, firmly smooth it onto the wall. I went a little overboard & also taped the stencil down at the corners. 
Use a "dry" roller
After the stencil is up it’s time to get painting! The most important thing to remember when it comes to painting stencils is to use the bare minimum of paint. The roller should be very “dry” to help stop bleed through. The method that worked the best for me is to dip a foam roller into the paint, roll the majority off in the tray, & then roll even more off in a paper towel. 
Dab paint onto stencil
Now that you are ready to roll (sorry I couldn’t help myself ) start at the corner of the stencil & dab on the paint using the roller. I found that dabbing worked a lot better than rolling the paint on! 
Use a pencil for loose areas
Some portions of the stencil may still be loose, use a pencil to push down those spots as you roll over them. 
Drying paint
It may take multiple layers to build up paint onto the stencil because the brush is not loaded with paint. Slow & steady will win the stencil race y’all, trust me! After the design is completely painted, let the paint dry for a few minutes before removing the stencil. I used a fan to speed up the process because I was so excited to see the final product! 
Small touch ups
My second take went so much better than my first! I had to do very minor touch ups using a craft paint brush & you probably wouldn’t have noticed the minor imperfections anyways
Finished backsplash
How perfect is this faux stencil backsplash y’all?! 
Faux Backsplash
Stencils are the perfect faux backsplash because it is super budget savvy & easy to change if you feel like a different design later on! 
This is definitely one of my favorite projects of this pantry renovations!  Now that I am a professional stenciler, I am already browsing a Stencil Revolution design for my staircase! 
Styled Faux Backsplash
Styled Faux Backsplash 

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