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How to Stencil a Textured Wall

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This weekend I decided, kind of on a whim, that it as time to update a blank and sparsely decorated wall on my landing. I’m sharing what I did plus tips for how to stencil a textured wall. Read on for all the details.

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Let’s begin by talking about textured walls. They have their benefits, I guess. All this texture adds some character and hides nicks a little better than smooth walls. But they can be tricky to paint and even trickier to stencil!

A few years back I added stripes to my daughter’s nursery and shared a technique for getting crisp paint lines on a textured wall. Today I’m sharing how to get those same crisp lines using a stencil.

This wall is the first thing you see when you walk upstairs in my home. I attempted to decorate it with 3 small picture frames but that didn’t do much. In addition to being bare, it gets a lot of traffic which means fingerprints and scratches galore.

To update this wall I first painted it with a durable satin finish white paint. I used this paint in my mudroom and plan to do all my rooms, one at a time, with this paint. It cleans up easily and the pure white really brightens up my home.

Next up, I used a wall stencil to add a hint of color and dimension to this wall. Using a pearl white paint give the subtle look of pattern. It can be seen from certain angles and looks different throughout the day and night as the light hits it.

Learn how to stencil a textured wall

Here are my tips for how to stencil a textured wall

Watch the full video tutorial here

Prep the Wall

Paint the wall and let it dry completely.

Prep the Stencil

  • Choose a wall stencil with registration marks that is at least 12×12 if not larger. A larger size will make your job easier.
  • Use spray glue as an adhesive. Spray the back of the stencil and let it dry for at least 2 minutes. The glue will still be tacky but not permanent.
  • Position your stencil on the wall and push in place.

Stencil brushes

  • For a textured wall, a large stencil brush is best. Load it up with paint then unload most of the paint from the brush. You need very little paint! And too much will cause it to bleed.
  • Using a round motion push the paint over the stencil.
  • When complete, peel back the stencil revealing crisp lines.

More tips for stenciling wall

  • To achieve a subtle pattern, try 2 like colors in different finishes. Like a satin finish wall and a metallic finish for the stencil.
  • Use the registration marks on the stencil to line up the pattern after you peel it off and reposition.
  • Every few times, pull the stencil off the wall and clean any excess paint from the back. This prevents messes and keeps your lines crisp.
  • When you are done, wash the stencil and brush with soap and water right away so you can reuse them for another project.

Want even more detail on how to stencil a textured wall? Watch the video and get started on your own project.

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Sunday 20th of October 2019

This looks amazing! I've always wanted to stencil a wall, but have been too afraid of choosing the wrong colors. You made this look so simple and it turned out gorgeous!

maria brittis

Thursday 17th of October 2019

I love stenciling need to try this. It tuned out beautiful.


Monday 21st of October 2019

Thank you so much!

Dianne Biscoe

Wednesday 16th of October 2019

Nice look and it seems to make the black frames really pop!

Christina Woodcock

Wednesday 16th of October 2019

Sarah, this is stunning! I love the textured look!

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