Using a stencil for a project will be a lot more work then just a simple paint job. We’re here to give you a few tips about how to choose, prepare, and use stencils for your household projects.

Whether you are buying a design or creating your own, its important to choose the right kind of material. A thin plastic or construction paper may work for small projects like stepping stones or furniture, but adding a design to a child’s wall will require a durable and slightly thick material, a rigid plastic, a laminated paper, or a wood stencil. Heavier wall paint may bleed through light or fragile materials, and thick brushes may simply damage or destroy them.

When preparing to use a stencil, take into consideration the size of the stencil, how much white space it has on the sides, and how many times you’ll need to move it to paint the wall. If your stencil is big, use painter’s tape to hold it in place on the wall.

When painting over an existing color, you should probably prime it. Even if you’re using a similar color to the already existing color, a darker blue on a light blue, priming will make sure that the color is vibrant and there is limited paint bleeding or color bleeding. When using a different color, always prime the area.

Take care how much paint your use on the edges of your stencils, when moving and remove the stencil from the wall as cleanly as possible. Nothing would be worse then carrying a drop of paint to new parts of the wall, ruining a unique design!