Create a pretty, custom look with an easy, budget-smart alternative to wallpaper.
Materials and Tools
- Stencil stamp or punch-out plastic stencil
- Stencil brush or sponge
Use a stencil stamp or a traditional stencil.
Step 1: Apply paint to stamp with a brush or sponge. Dab it lightly on a paper towel to remove excess paint. It should be covered with paint, but not dripping.
Step 2: Apply to wall, holding firmly in place for a couple of seconds to allow paint to transfer to wall.
Step 1: Tape stencil in place on the wall to make sure it doesn't move. Dip stencil brush in paint. Dab the brush on a paper towel to remove excess paint.
Step 2: Brush paint over cut-out areas of stencil. Carefully lift stencil to avoid smudges.
Step 3: Wipe stencil's edges before moving to the next spot.
Tips: Practice stencilling on some white paper to get a feel for how much paint you need. Stencil images won't all look exactly the same: some will have more paint and appear darker while others may be missing a corner or not have enough paint. Not to worry, this adds to the flea-market feel.