INSIDE: How to stencil a fun pattern on a ceiling with Cutting Edge Stencils.
What wild home decor ideas do you get after flipping through a magazine? When you are sitting at your child’s sporting practice for an hour+, your mind may easily wonder to how great it would be do something fun and colorful to an otherwise boring ceiling.
This is how I found myself perched atop a ladder in the middle of my foyer, foam roller in one hand and painter’s tape in another, stencil a pattern onto the ceiling.
While I am not a self-described stenciling pro, I have successfully stenciled two long walls in our house before. However, a ceiling was something new! It was a little more neck-craning (thank gawd for Ibuprofen!) but the results are pretty awesome! Here are the before’s and after’s…
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I want to give a huge thank you to Cutting Edge Stencils for partnering with me on this project.
Cutting Edge Stencils sent me the stencil of my choice. I selected the “Connection” stencil. Along with this awesome pattern, they sent me a foam roller and a very handy level which attached to the side of the stencil. This was unbelievably handy when dangling off a ladder, looking up!
Here is the foyer BEFORE. Kind of plain and boring, don’t you think?
The light fixture is a remnant from the previous homeowners. It has to go!
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A great aspect of this particular stencil is its thickness and large size. Because of this, I was able to cover a lot of territory rather quickly. I used Frog painter’s tape to help keep the stencil on the ceiling. My only recommendation is to also have used spray mount adhesive given the angle I was working at.
Here are a few WORK IN PROGRESS shots…
Our ceiling is textured which makes painting it a little more involved!
I found this photo on my phone, taken by my 5 year old!
And now for the AFTER… Sorry it’s a little dark. This is such a dark space!
The foyer light fixture definitely has to be changed out! What lighting recommendations do you have to coordinate with this stenciled pattern?
DIY Stenciling Tips
- Don’t overload your roller with paint. Be sure to keep a rag or paper towel next to your paint tray and roll off any excess
- Roll gently so paint doesn’t bleed under the stencil. Because of this, you may have to do two coats before moving the stencil
- Keep a small paint brush nearby. I found this handy when stenciling where the ceiling and walls met. I used this small brush to paint near the edges instead of the foam roller