Applying Wall Stencils on Raised Plaster

Wall stencils have been a popular way to decorate walls for several years now. Many crafters and homeowners like the easy to do look. It is inexpensive and requires only a small investment in materials. A bit of practice and you will have a professional looking result. However, if you have raised plaster the technique takes a bit more time and patience due to the irregular wall.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Stencil
  • Stiff stencil brushes
  • Stencil paint
  • Paper towel
  • Container of water
  • Small sponge
  • Tape
  • Spray adhesive

Step 1 - Determine Area

Decide where you want to apply your stencil and how much of an area you want to cover. Spray adhesive on the back of the stencil, especially around the openings. Press the stencil on the wall, sealing as much of the area around the openings as possible. Tape the top and bottom to make sure it doesn't slide or fall.

Step 2 - Applying Paint

Dip just the tip of the brush into a bit of paint and tap it several times on a piece of paper towel to remove a lot of the paint. The brush should be almost dry. Then, starting in the center of the opening, tap the brush against the wall to apply the paint. Work outward to the edge. Be very careful to not get paint under the edge of the stencil. When you have covered the entire area, lift the stencil slowly. Any run over should be cleaned up with a small, wet sponge.