Loomis Dean’s 1957 photograph of Christian Dior’s studio, for Life Magazine, hangs behind my desk on a blank wall. I’ve been looking forward to adding some much needed color and character as a backdrop to this large-scale print, so after spotting a Turkish tulip stencil online, I was inspired to go with a painted pattern. Starting the process was as easy as uploading the print to Glidden® paint’s My Image Inspiration tool, selecting one of many pretty pink palettes, and gearing up for an afternoon of stenciling with paint!
- flat interior paint (I used Pink Carnation)
- a stencil
- a dense foam roller with rounded ends
- a stippling brush
- painter’s tape
- paint tray
- paper towels
Start masking out the baseboard and ceiling of the wall with painter’s tape. Make sure the wall is clean and dust free. Then, pour a small amount of paint into a paint tray. Tape the stencil onto the middle of the wall. Load the foam roller by rolling it in the paint and back and forth in the tray until it is evenly saturated.
Blot off excess paint onto a folded paper towel. There should be no visible paint on the roller surface – the less paint, the better!
Using light pressure, roll over the stencil with the roller. Excessive pressure and too much paint will cause paint to bleed under the stencil.
Continue to add light layers and check the work by carefully lifting a corner of the stencil from the wall. Replace the stencil and fill in any missed areas with a stippling brush using a blotting motion. The stippling brush can always be used in place of a roller for smaller executions. It’s as easy as blotting in an up and down motion with a minimal amount of paint on the brush.
To continue the pattern, simply line up the stencil with a previously painted row. To paint the bottom and top edges of the wall, bend the stencil and blot with the brush.
Allow the paint to dry completely before hanging any artwork on the wall. See how fun it is to create an accent wall?