How to Highlight a Focal Point With Stencils

Use a medley of motifs to frame a headboard—or a mirror, a window, even a cased opening—with style. See the full Step-by-Step with tools and shopping lists>
Combine a few different stencils and you can create a custom pattern shaped to surround and highlight a favorite feature of your room. The work goes quickly once you get the hang of it. RELATED: Pro Stencil Secrets
Arrange the stencils on the floor to see how they might flow, keeping in mind that this type of pattern works best when strong vertical elements, such as branches, are oriented toward a focal point, like this headboard.
Put down the base coat and let it dry. Measure the wall, and use a pencil to mark out the area to be stenciled and the position of each motif. RELATED: Patterns & Ideas
Start the pattern on the lower left and work from the left side to the right side. In a ventilated area, lightly spray the back of a stencil with repositionable adhesive, let dry for a few seconds, and press the stencil in place.
Load a small foam roller or a medium stencil brush with paint. To discourage bleeding, remove excess paint by running the roller or brush over a folded paper towel. Using light pressure, roll or pounce on the paint.
Peel up a corner of the stencil to check coverage, and lightly apply more paint if needed. Take care to clean and dry any stencil before flipping it over to create a reverse image. SEE THE FULL STEP-BY-STEP:
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  • Marge Marge on Mar 26, 2014
    I too would like to know where you get these stencils. You did a beautiful job. The spray adhesive is the key to this process.

  • Debra Debra on Mar 26, 2014
    Thank you very much,I love the look of stencils on painted wood