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How to Stencil With Lace

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are tired of seeing the same boring wall treatments, it is time to spruce up your living environment with a new coat of paint. Stencils are a common tool for painting, especially if you lack the artistic ability to draw murals and shapes by hand --- they are a fool proof method of recreating a perfect image every time. Lace stencils are just one of the hundreds of stencil designs you can purchase. They are made from a hard plastic which, unlike real lace, does not let paint seep through. They can be applied to walls, canvas, and almost any surface to which paint can adhere giving the surface an elegant, antique look.

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  1. Prepare the surface to be painted by making sure it is cleaned and you have applied a primer coat, if necessary. A common cleaner used to prep walls for painting is TSP. Mix one ounce of dry TSP to a quart of chlorine bleach and three quarts of water, and apply to the surface of the wall using a sponge or a cloth. Wait until the cleaner has dried before moving on to the next step.

  2. Pour your paint into a paint tray, making sure it is thoroughly mixed.

  3. Wet your sea sponge with water and wring out the excess water. Dip the sponge into the paint and blot the excess paint away on a paper towel -- using too much paint will cause the paint to leak behind the stencil and remove your design. Hold your lace stencil firmly against the wall with one hand and sponge the paint onto the stencil until the entire stencil is covered in the paint. If you do not want to hold the stencil in place, use painter's tape to secure the stencil to the wall by attaching a few pieces to the corners of the stencil.

  4. Remove the stencil to reveal the lace pattern. Paint in a bricklike pattern so as not to smudge the previous stencil and to prevent obvious patterns. Continue painting until the entire surface has been covered, leaving you with an all-over lace effect.

  5. Tip

    Painting with stencils takes a bit of practice. Before you apply the paint to your own walls, try practicing your lace stencil on a spare piece of cardboard to get your technique right.

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Things You'll Need

  • TSP wall cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Paint
  • Paint tray
  • Sea sponge
  • Paper towel
  • Painter's tape
  • Lace stencil

About the Author

Elyse James

Elyse James began writing professionally in 2006 after deciding to pursue a career in journalism. She has written for "The Algonquin Times" as a general assignment reporter and published blogs and articles on Webcitybeat. James holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Ottawa.

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