How to Stencil Anything with Masterful Techniques

Hit the Floor


You could spend hours searching for a graphic rug—or DIY the exact style you want with this cool technique. Using a roller, coat the entire surface of a sturdy canvas floorcloth in two coats of dark-gray paint (visible in the “grout” lines). Once it dries, apply a large-scale stencil—we chose a two-by-three-foot one with a subway-tile motif— and roll on a coat of white paint to create the rectangles (as shown). Then add a coral “shadow” between them by shifting the stencil slightly to one side and painting a line along the short edges of each “tile” with a small pointed brush. A topcoat of low-VOC waterbased varnish creates a force field against foot traffic.

THE DETAILS: Gypsy Mint Stencil Co. Subway Tile, $46,
Benjamin Moore Regal Select Pearl Finish interior paint, in China White, Temptation, and Coral Bronze, Dunberry Hill Designs primed floorcloth, 4″ by 6″, from $8 per sq. ft.,



Bathe in Beauty


Dot-dot-dot your way down a shower curtain, and traditional black-and-white floor tiles become part of a crisp, cohesive palette in your bathroom. Like a canvas tote, cotton duck cloth has a smooth weave that makes for fail-safe stenciling; for this design, employ a small pouncer, and stipple sparingly. Also, choose a paint you can heat-set with an iron, so the finished work is splashproof.

THE DETAILS: Gypsy Mint Stencil Co. Polka Dot Drop Down, $46,
Jacquard Textile Colors fabric paint, in Black, $11 for 8 oz., Vermont Country Store cotton-duck shower curtain, in White, $55,

Article and Tips By Petra Guglielmetti | Photos by Johnny Miller

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