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How to Stencil Walls

Stop, wait, no need to cringe. Stenciling is totally not as cheesy and fifth grade as it sounds. It’s actually a quick, forgiving way to add interest and texture to your walls and is so much easier than changing wallpaper. Here’s a basic lesson in how to do it (just repeat the first three steps wherever you want the stenciled image):

1. Start by picking out your stencil. You can buy one, or make it using thick plastic or even posterboard (use an X-Acto knife or a box cutter, respectively) to cut out the pattern.

2. Use painter’s tape to secure your stencil to the wall. Get it straight by using a ruler and a level before you tape it on the wall.

3. Put a thin layer of paint on your roller, and go over the stencil that’s been taped on the wall. If you have a particularly intricate design and/or want to use more than color, you might need a paintbrush as well. Just remember to always start with the lightest color.

4. Have fun with it! There are tons of easy ways to spruce up a simple stencil. Use different tones for different areas. If you’re artsy, do some freehand work around some of the stencil edges. Stencil your whole room, or just one or two focal points for a more edgy look.

Nestpert: Jennifer Bertrand, season three Design Star winner (http://www.hgtv.com/paint-over/show/index.html)

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