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Wall Stencil vs. Wallpaper – A Budget-Friendly Alternative

Wallpaper looks excellent and is currently enjoying a renaissance. And for those of us fed up with residential house painting, it makes quite a change.

If you’re bored of bland walls and house painting in general and are seduced by the thought of flock-lined wallpaper, then you may be only too happy to hang up your painters’ brush and head for the rolls.

However, wallpaper is expensive and fiddly to fit. If you are not an expert (and few of us are), then the alternative is to shell out for a professional.

This adds dollars to your design budget and if you already rejected house painting because of the professional cost, you will be even more out of pocket.

So, is there a way to innovate with your interior walls without it breaking the bank? Well, yes, there is, and it is called a stencil.

As a designer, this is the perfect way to renovate a room without giving it an expensive overhaul. And it comes in far cheaper than wallpaper.

How to stencil a wall

If you are a beginner, you might be daunted by daubing on your walls. By following these simple tips, you will decorate your walls like a pro without the cost.

What type of paint to use

There are no hard and fast rules about what sort of paints to use here, many will be used for residential house painting.

Technically speaking, there are many types of different paints used for stencils. These are:

Acrylics

 Acrylics are our first choice for so many stencil projects. This is because they have a great variety of options and clean well. They also will not break the bank, adding to the appeal for anyone on a budget.

Chalks

Chalk paints are trendy for stencils as it makes it easy for even an amateur to create a distressed look very merely. Chalks may be used on furniture pieces as well as walls.

Crèmes

Stencil crèmes are a waxy oil-based paint. This has the advantage of not dripping and it makes it easy to work with. To apply a stencil crème, you must take the wax layer from the paint’s surface before applying it to your brush. Stencil crèmes are best where a gentle focus and hand-painted look is required. 

 Fabrics

Fabric paints are very thick and lend themselves well to stencils. However, you will use more color than some other types because they are so absorbent. Fabric paints are recommended for fabric stencils.

Sprays

Spray paints may be the obvious choice for stenciling, but we would have to advise caution. The inexpert stenciler can quickly become messy and bleed out of the area they are meant for.

They also require adequate ventilation and might be best for outdoor spaces or when you feel confident enough.

Solid Oils

Solid oil paints look like crayons and have the advantage that they don’t spill. Because they are like drawing with a crayon, some people like them more. However, if you do pick this method, remember that they take some time to dry and you will not be able to use a roller with them but have to use a brush. This can be more time consuming, but the results are pleasing. 

Latex

Latex is an excellent choice for big shapes and stencils on large walls. Latex paints are also great for those on a budget. They have the added advantage of drying fast, but they do not cure quickly. This means when you take off the stencil, bits of paint may peel off too. Care needs to be taken using latex paints to get the best of them. 

What can I stencil?

ANYTHING can be stenciled – wood, furniture, walls, tiles, exterior painting and even appliances!

The only limitations are your skill level and imagination! 

Wall Stencil vs. Wallpaper – Budget-Friendly Alternative

Wallpaper looks excellent and is currently enjoying a renaissance. And for those of us fed up with residential house painting, it makes quite a change.

If you’re bored of bland walls and house painting in general and are seduced by the thought of flock-lined wallpaper, then you may be only too happy to hang up your painters’ brush and head for the rolls.

However, wallpaper is expensive and fiddly to fit. If you are not an expert (and few of us are), then the alternative is to shell out for a professional.

This adds dollars to your design budget and if you already rejected house painting because of the professional cost, you will be even more out of pocket.

So, is there a way to innovate with your interior walls without it breaking the bank? Well, yes, there is, and it is called a stencil.

As a designer, this is the perfect way to renovate a room without giving it an expensive overhaul. And it comes in far cheaper than wallpaper.

How to stencil a wall

If you are a beginner, you might be daunted by daubing on your walls. By following these simple tips, you will decorate your walls like a pro without the cost.

What type of paint to use

There are no hard and fast rules about what sort of paints to use here, many will be used for residential house painting.

Technically speaking, there are many types of different paints used for stencils. These are:

Acrylics

 Acrylics are our first choice for so many stencil projects. This is because they have a great variety of options and clean well. They also will not break the bank, adding to the appeal for anyone on a budget.

Chalks

Chalk paints are trendy for stencils as it makes it easy for even an amateur to create a distressed look very merely. Chalks may be used on furniture pieces as well as walls.

Crèmes

Stencil crèmes are a waxy oil-based paint. This has the advantage of not dripping and it makes it easy to work with. To apply a stencil crème, you must take the wax layer from the paint’s surface before applying it to your brush. Stencil crèmes are best where a gentle focus and hand-painted look is required. 

 Fabrics

Fabric paints are very thick and lend themselves well to stencils. However, you will use more color than some other types because they are so absorbent. Fabric paints are recommended for fabric stencils.

Sprays

Spray paints may be the obvious choice for stenciling, but we would have to advise caution. The inexpert stenciler can quickly become messy and bleed out of the area they are meant for.

They also require adequate ventilation and might be best for outdoor spaces or when you feel confident enough.

Solid Oils

Solid oil paints look like crayons and have the advantage that they don’t spill. Because they are like drawing with a crayon, some people like them more. However, if you do pick this method, remember that they take some time to dry and you will not be able to use a roller with them but have to use a brush. This can be more time consuming, but the results are pleasing. 

Latex

Latex is an excellent choice for big shapes and stencils on large walls. Latex paints are also great for those on a budget. They have the added advantage of drying fast, but they do not cure quickly. This means when you take off the stencil, bits of paint may peel off too. Care needs to be taken using latex paints to get the best of them. 

What can I stencil?

ANYTHING can be stenciled – wood, furniture, walls, tiles, exterior painting and even appliances!

The only limitations are your skill level and imagination! 

How To Make A Wall Stencil For House Painting

House painting can be a chore. And sometimes, when you are done, the results may look a little dull.

If you are painting in subdued colors, you might feel you are lost in a phalange of bland. But what can you do?

Not every wall can be flaming pink, and you probably wouldn’t want it to be either! 

So, what if there was a way to bring your walls to life without involving over the top colors?

There is.   

Stencils are the way to inject personality into an identikit room. What’s more, they don’t cost much, and you can make your designs.

This blog will give you the lowdown on how to create the perfect wall stencil for residential house painting. 

Although these hints are for interiors, remember you may also use stencil art on exterior house painting, and if you do it yourself, it could minimize the cost! 

Choose Your Pattern 

Depending on how creative you are, you may choose to design your stencil pattern. This is the beauty of stencils. You can create your unique project from anything that takes your fancy.

However, for anyone less bold, millions of free stencil patterns are available to download from internet sites.

Choose Your Colors

House painting

Next, think of the palette for your house painting stencil. 

Be guided by the color scheme you have already put in place. What color is it already? How is the room accessorized? Try and pick colors that complement what you have in mind. 

Remember, you don’t just have to stick to one! 

Measure Up

Fairly important, before you even think of starting your stencil house painting, you should measure your space. 

This is so you can check your designs will fit on the wall of your choice. 

Be also aware that your design’s execution may require the use of a ladder or something to stand on.

Prime It 

The key to success is preparation. Before you even think of tickling your walls with a brush, you need to get your canvas in tip-top condition.

In other words, the interior wall (or exterior) needs work before painting.

This means rolling up your sleeves and giving it some elbow grease. Paint won’t go on anywhere that has dirt or moisture in it. If there are blemishes, they need fixing, and if the paintwork is old, it should be renewed.

Give walls enough time to dry in before stenciling, and remember, if you are exterior house painting, it might need priming before using any color on it!

Prepare It

Next, gather all your materials, paints, and brushes and get ready to begin. 

Cut out the design carefully and if needed, make enough sheets to cover the wall you are planning.

Practice It

It is advisable to have a dummy run on something that doesn’t matter first, to see how the stencil will come out. Maybe use a large piece of cardboard to practice your first attempt at stenciling.

Stick It 

Now it is time to stick your stencil on. Ensure it is even and use tape to stick it to the wall. Take care to make sure the stencil is nice and flush against the wall.

The adhesive spray will also help to get your stencil in place and help eliminate any fraying edges. 

Paint It!

Finally, you can paint your stencil. Taking whatever your weapon of choice is – be it sponge, brush or roller, approach your canvas with courage.

Be bold, but don’t put too much paint on the canvas and remember to cover up any areas that don’t want to be splattered before you start!

When you have finished, take care before removing the stencil – you don’t want to smudge it.

Rinse And Repeat

Now you have done it once, that was just the start. Next, plow ahead with the rest of the wall until the job is done!