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If you have painted a room before or even a piece of furniture, your experience will help you with this project. I would say this project is not simple, but rather moderate in difficulty.
Hopefully by listing some of the mistakes I made, and what I learned, it will the smooth the way for your back splash stenciling.
The distance between my counter top and cabinets was 14-1/4 inches. The stencil was 17-1/4 inches high. I measured and cut 3 inches off of the stencil so it would easily fit the space.
Using painters tape, I taped the stencil on all four corners,to keep is from shifting on the wall. It is important that your base coat is absolutely dry before you do this or the tape will lift off the background paint.
I rolled my stencil roller in almond color paint. Following the instructions, I then rolled the excess paint off on a paper towel. This will keep the roller from being so loaded with paint that it seeps under the design.
Paint was applied using enough pressure to get the design on the wall, but not so much that it seeped under the pattern.
Carefully, I removed the stencil, pulling it straight out and off the wall without smearing the paint.
The stencil comes with registration marks, so it is easy to align the stencil with the already stenciled design and set up the next area.
I used a small artist brush to touch up areas where the stencil did not cover
When it was completely dry I removed the painter's tape. I replaced the outlet covers and switch plates.
Using the paint roller covers the whole front of the stencil with paint. After a while it was covering the registration marks. I had to eyeball the pattern match.
When I realized what was happening, it was too late. The paint was already dried and firmly adhered to the front of the stencil.
One option would have been to wash it after each use. However, this would have potentially damaged the stencil. It would have also been very time consuming waiting for the stencil to dry between each use.
My suggestion is to use the sponge applicator rather than the roller and just tamp the paint into the stencil openings. Or, immediately after applying the paint with the roller, use a damp rag to wipe enough paint off to expose the registration marks.
© 2017 Ellen Gregory
RTalloni on May 01, 2017:
Your project turned out so nice. Thanks for sharing your DIY guide and tips.