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There are a wide range of different methods and techniques that beginners can use when painting their rooms and their homes, but many of these techniques involve some hard work and a lot of time. Stencils add a whimsical touch and are simple to use, and even those with minimal experience can create some great designs in a living room, bedroom, kitchen or bathroom. Stencils are available from a number of craft stores and home improvement stores, but those worried about how the finished design might look can call a Rye painter for assistance.

Choosing the right sized stencil is one of the most important steps. A stencil that is too large can completely overwhelm the space, while a smaller stencil won't have much of an impact. Most stencils have the cut outs already in place, but some require that users cut out the design with a utility knife first.

The two most popular tools that crafters use with stencils are tape and stencil glue. Stencil glue is a special type of adhesive that adheres to the back of the stencil and holds it in place on the wall. The adhesive easily peels away from the wall and won't leave behind any type of residue.

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Masking tape applied to the edges of the stencil will also hold it in place.

Cleaning and repairing the wall is an integral first step, especially if the painter wants to apply a new coat of paint before stenciling. Epoxy is a useful product designed for repairing holes and other types of damage, but a joint compound can work equally well. After applying the product, letting it dry and sanding it down, the painter can use primer and paint, if needed.

Adding the stenciled design is as easy as applying a small amount of adhesive to the back and placing it on the wall. Professional painters will measure the wall to determine the exact center or work with the homeowners to decide on the stencil's placement. They also use masking tape for additional stability.

The painter will then use a small brush and a stippling technique. After dipping the brush in the paint, the painter dabs the brush against the stencil in a fast motion to prevent the paint from seeping through the stencil and getting on the wall. For an all-over design, the painter will peel away the stencil, move it to a new location and start the process again.

Stencils come in so many different sizes and styles that anyone can find something that will work in his or her home, no matter its decorating scheme.

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