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DIY Painted Stencil Wall

Want to add some extra interest to a wall in your home? This DIY stencil wall is the perfect way to change up any accent wall for a nursery or any room.

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It’s crossed your mind before, I’m sure. The idea of stenciling one of those boring builder-basic walls in your home… It had definitely crossed my mind several times. But then I thought about time and cost and effort, and it promptly exited my mind. Until now! Enter Cutting Edge Stencils! When I had the opportunity to use one of their unique stencils, I decided to dive in and complete my first DIY Painted Stencil Wall. I’m SO glad I did! 

Marking the wall for the DIY stencil wall

We decided to use a stencil in my daughter’s Big Girl (aka “Toddler”) Bedroom. We wanted to stencil one feature wall. To see where the room started, you’ll want to read this post. The whole room was boring builder beige, and we needed to brighten things up!

We started by painting the wall with Planetary Silver by Behr Paints. It’s a light tray (below) and it looked amazing against the other white walls.

Color sample for the base of the cloud wall

I chose to use this Clouds Allover stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils because I loved the soft whimsical feel of the clouds on the wall. I also wanted to add colour to the room, so I decided to attempt a stencil with multiple colours.

Clouds painted onto the wall

I chose four colours that would match the decor in my daughter’s room. All four are Behr Paints from Home Depot. I bought Frost (same white as the walls), Funhouse, Wild Geranium, and Lunar Surface (dark grey). It seems like a lot of paint, but you can by testers at Home Depot, which are just tiny containers of paint that only cost $3! We bought one of those in each colour, and it was enough for the whole wall :)

Four color samples for the DIY cloud wall

Then the actual stenciling began!
When you purchase a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, you get a large stencil that repeats itself in all directions, so it’s very easy to use and transfer to the next spot. I wanted to visualize the colours I was using, so I put the large stencil on the wall and cut up a bunch of paint chip cards to mimic the colours of the clouds. I moved the colours around a bunch of times (many more times than my husband had patience for… lol) until I was satisfied with the pattern.

Plastic stencil taped to the wall for the DIY cloud wall

Then I set up my paint station. One tray, one foam roller, and one paper plate for each paint colour. Plus an entire roll of paper towel! Everytime you get paint on your roller, you want to roll it through the paper towel before going to the stencil to make sure the paint is not too thick. Otherwise the paint could get under the stencil, or could drip down on the wall. Seriously, we used an entire roll!

Setting up the paint for the DIY stencil wall
Preparing to paint the DIY cloud wall

Roll each cloud of one colour, then all of the next colour, etc. etc. Until all four colours are done. We actually decided to roll twice on each cloud to cover up the light grey paint on the wall underneath. A white wall would only need one coat.

Painted clouds for the DIY stencil wall

The picture above shows a level that Cutting Edge Stencils designed to attach to the bottom of the stencil. That level is key to ensuring that the clouds line up perfectly each time you transfer the stencil.

We move the stencil vertically and horizontally, giving different sections time to dry as we moved forward. Here’s the wall with half of the stencils done!

Moving the stencil across the wall for the DIY cloud wall

Another tip: Because we wanted to put multiple coats of paint on the same clouds we found that we were often ready to re-paint before it was dry. So we pulled out a handy-dandy old hairdryer to help the drying process go faster. It worked like a charm!

Using a hairdryer to dry the paint to apply more coats to the stencil wall

That’s all there is to it! It only took 4.5 hours to complete the entire DIY stencil wall!
It looks great, and my daughter LOVES it – so that’s a win in my books!

Finished DIY cloud wall
Side view of the DIY cloud wall
Close up view of the DIY stencil wall

Follow the rest of the One Room Challenge posts to how my daughter’s room comes together as we finish all of the redecorating in only 6 weeks!

Before and after pictures of the DIY cloud wall

See the entire Big Girl Bedroom Makeover here!

Seating area with reading nook

For more wall decorating inspiration, check out our Master Bedroom Wallpaper!

DIY wallpaper in a bedroom

*This post was sponsored by Cutting Edge Stencils. As always, opinions are 100% my own. For more information, please read my disclosure policy.* 

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Whats the best way to paint i have bought stencils essentials and i tried to paint using matt colour and things the painting wasnt clear at all


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Hey Walter! We used Eggshell Enamel flat paint (Behr) for both the background and the clouds. This type of paint was recommended to us, and it worked perfectly!

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Thank you Christine! My daughter LOVES the clouds. It's so fun and whimsical!

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