The What-Nots of Tile Stenciling

If you are anything like me and are working with a limited budget or you just aren't trying to pour your money into one home project - stenciling is the name of the game. It's one of the more affordable ways to completely transform a space. The best part? It's just paint! You can change it anytime you want! I did this project on my fireplace tile not once but TWICE. So, instead of teaching you what to do. I'm going to tell you what I learned not to do.

What I Used:

  • Water-based primer

  • Crystal clear water-based top coat

  • Stencil brushes

  • Paint of your choice

  • Small roller

  • Stencil of your choice (more than one)

  • Optional - Small paintbrush for touch-ups

The gist of what you should do is pretty self explanatory. Prime first. Paint your back color, let it dry. Then, break out the stencil and paint diagonally. The stenciled paint is so little that it drys super fast. When you are finished seal that baby with your water-based top coat (you can use a polycrylic or polyurathane) and witness the glorious magic of paint.

Now Here's What Not To Do:

Hopefully you aren't a goob like me, but on the off chance you don't think every detail through until you are in the midst of your project - here are a few things I learned after my first attempt of stenciling:

  • Don't buy one stencil - Seriously, after a few times of going over your stencil with paint it gets gunky. I had to wash mine several times. Then there's the added chance you have to cut it for corners and (from experience) that sucks with one stencil. Buy at least two. Three for comfort.

  • Don't go without taping down all four sides of the stencil - If you do, the stencil will slide around and pop up every time you dab it with the brush which makes for a messy stenciling job.

  • Don't load up your brush with paint - the paint will seep through the stencil, otherwise. A little paint goes a long way when stenciling! Take your time and use smaller dabs of paint.

  • Don't skip the top coat - if you want your stencil to last! Also, using a 'crystal clear' top coat is important if you want the color you painted to be the color you see when you finish your project.

I basically stumbled through this project my first go round but did it the second time like a pro. Learn from my mistakes and your stencil project should be your easiest home renovation yet! I mean look at the transformation (left to right) from where I started to where I am today! You GOT this!

Ashton Forzley

Your avid reading, writing, thrill-seeking local enthusiast. When I'm not at home being a mother or styling, catch me on the trails or in a tavern. I'm the force behind a Forz of Nature.

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