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Last Updated: 07/07/2010
Country Living Dining RoomHave you ever thought of stenciling on a colored wall but didn't know how to make your colors come out looking right? This room posed that challenge for me. Not only did I have to stencil on grooved bead board, but the background color was really throwing off my colors. Here's how I made it work:

If you are stenciling on a colored wall, anything other than a neutral off-white, you should paint some heavy paper with your background paint and try out your color selection on this paper. Chances are the colors that you see used on a neutral background will need to be adjusted so that they will look good on the colored background.

The best way that I have found to to get the colors to look true is to stencil a base coat of a light color like Decoart Sand or Taffy Cream, before you add your stencil colors. Don't take the stencil off after you put on the base coat, just hit it with a hair dryer to be sure that it is dry and then stencil right on top with your stencil colors.

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