How to Paint a Patterned Wall With Stencils
Written and photographed by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly
It's been twelve years now that my hubby and I have lived in our current home. It's an 840 square foot, 1948 beach bungalow, and it's got really good bones. What it doesn't have is two bathrooms.
Be that as it may...
The two of us have done quite well navigating a nearly airplane-sized abode, so I thought it was time to give it a little refresh and re-energize it with a fun, patterned feature wall using a stencil.
Yep. Stencils - are - back!
Here is the before…
It’s definitely grown a bit sad and slightly neglected, design-wise, so, I thought I’d give our “one-and-only” a little love using a fabulous stencil I found on Etsy by Stencils Lab, along with HomeRight’s fantastic Quick Painter and the PaintStick EZ-Twist.
•adhesive spray (Krylon Easy-Tack, re-positionable)
• painters tape
• sandpaper (P150/P180 grit)
• interior latex paint (for bathrooms, semi-gloss is recommended)
• mini hand roller
• small paint brushes (for touch-ups)
• drop cloth
Instructions: Visit HomeJelly’s blog for full how-to details along with tips and tricks using a wall stencil. Watch this video to see how you can recreate this project in your own bathroom!
Here is the After!
What I love about the HomeRight EZ PaintStick:
Super simple: virtually NO mess! It was so nice working without having to worry about tripping over the paint tray and having paint all over my hands. Also, there were NO DRIPS!!! Hurray! Once you get the hang of using this new paint tool, it’ll feel like you’ve found a new lifetime friend. Here’s what I recommend you do to ease the learning curve on using the EZ PaintStick:
Watch this HomeRight video to get an overview of how it works.
Put the few parts together and play with it, sans the paint. Push and pull the twisting mechanism to get the feel of it.
Open your can of paint and get started!
DIY TIP #1: Once you attach the fill tube onto the inside of your can of paint and place the fill valve over the tube, you’ll need to pull the twisty piston up and push it down (to push out the air you’ve most likely just sucked up into the tube) a few times. DON’T panic! This is NORMAL! Just keep pulling and pushing until the paint sucks up into the tube.
Which is so delightfully satisfying!
(Ugh. I’m such a nerd.)
DIY TIP #2: You’ll see in my video, that it’ll take almost a tube-full of paint to get the roller going and full of paint. You’ll see some cute little polka dots at first...that’s a sign that you’re almost there! Refill your tube again, then keep rolling until you don’t see anymore dots.
2. Fast ‘n fun painting! It’s amazing how much time you can save by not having to come back down to the paint tray, reload your roller, make sure it’s not dripping all over your floors, then start painting again. This was seamless rolling (which makes it fun!), and it took only 5 minutes to totally finish painting my bathroom wall.
What I’d like to change about thePaintStick EZ-Twist:
I’d like to see the roller section be removable in order to clean out the paint tube inside a bucket. Otherwise, I was still able to use my kitchen sink (oh, how I wish I had a utility basin!) and a small container filled with water to clean it. Refer to the video link I posted above for super helpful cleaning tips.
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