Repeatable stencils are an easy and affordable way to transform any wall, floor, or other surface into an eye-catching masterpiece. We’ve designed our stencils to be easily repeatable, no special skills required.
For more information about how to paint a wall with stencil, check out our article How to Paint Stencils on Walls. This article can help with choosing paint roller types, taping the stencil to a wall, and using registration marks.
4”-6” paint roller with a nap lower that ¼”
Or a foam roller
Painter’s tape (1” or wider)
(Optional) hair dryer or fan
(Optional) small paintbrush for touchups
Place first stencil
Before beginning, lay down a drop cloth on the floor to catch drops of paint.
Generally, we recommend starting with the first stencil anywhere that is off of the edge of the wall. If a stencil has a geometric pattern, such as a checkerboard stencil, use a level to assure that the pattern will be level. Use a strip of painter’s tape to affix the stencil to the level, and align it on the wall. Smooth down the tape of the edge of the stencil and remove the level to begin. Stand 5’-10’ away from the wall to observe the placement of the stencil.
Paint stencil with roller
Use a microfiber or foam roller to paint the stencil with a thin layer of paint. For an in-depth tutorial about how to paint clean edges with a paint roller, check out our article about How to Paint Stencils on Walls.
Peel off stencil
Once the paint has had a few minutes to sit, gently peel up one of the top corners of tape. Stand on the opposite side of the stencil from the corner the tape is peeled. To remove, pull the stencil outward from the wall and towards yourself.
Fully dry paint
Before repeating the stencil, it is important to let the paint dry FULLY. If a stencil is placed atop wet paint, it will peel up the paint underneath.
Use a hairdryer or fan to help speed up the drying process. Wave a hairdryer over the entire design or set up a fan in front of it. The thinner the paint, the faster it will dry. Tap a finger against shiny spots in the paint to test if the paint is dry enough. If it transfers onto your finger, it is still too wet.
Dry the back of the stencil as well if there is any paint on it.
Match up repeating elements with previous design
Here’s the most important part: making sure the pattern is going to be able to repeat seamlessly. Luckily for our customers, Stencil Stop handles the hard part and makes every pattern design easily repeatable.
To place the second stencil, first make sure that the stencil is facing the same way that it was originally. On each side of the stencil, there will be elements that are repeated right to left or up and down. The top and bottom of the stencil will “connect” with repeated elements of the design, and the sides of the stencil will “connect” as well.
Paint second application of the stencil
Paint over the second layer or application of the stencil in the same manner as the first. It is OK to paint over top of the repeated elements.
Dry paint completely
Using a hairdryer or fan, make sure that the paint fully dries to the touch.
Repeat this process until the entire area is covered.
If the stencil has been used many times, paint may begin to build up on the plastic. Cleaning some of the paint off of the stencil will help create crisp lines when painting. To learn how to clean stencils, refer to our article How to Clean and Store Mylar Stencils.
Sometimes paint bleed occurs, it happens to the best of us! All that is needed to fix this is a small paintbrush and some of the base paint color.
Having trouble keeping the stencil up against the wall or want a better chance at more crisp lines? Try using a spray adhesive on the back of the stencil to help it adhere to the wall.
Is there paint pooling at the end of the roller? Try using a paint tray that is made for a 7”-12” paint roller. A larger tray makes it easier to roll out the edges of the paint roller.