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Ceiling Stenciling Tutorial

By: Not Just a Housewife

Learn how to paint a ceiling with this ceiling stenciling tutorial. If you're looking for unique home decorating ideas, consider stenciling a fun design right onto the ceiling!

Ceiling Stenciling Tutorial  Ceiling Stenciling Tutorial


  • Cutting Edge Stencils Damask stencil
  • Foam roller
  • Spray adhesive
  • Paint
  • Painter's tape

Ceiling Stenciling Tutorial


  1. Because I was doing my ceiling and I had gravity working against me, I used a spray adhesive on the back of the stencil along with painters tape.
  2. I started in the corner above my door so that if I messed up, no one would really notice when they looked in my room. The 2 things you need to remember are a) don't overload your roller with paint! b) don't push too hard. Both of these things will cause the paint to bleed under the stencil. If you are nervous, practice on cardboard or a garage wall. I found that I had to roll in all directions to get paint into the nooks and crannies. The first one I did 2 coats of paint. It was nice and even but I decided I like the look of one coat of paint better. It looked like fabric.

    Ceiling Stenciling Tutorial
  3. The stencils have these points (shown by arrows). When you go to paint the next row, you line up the stencil to these points and it keeps everything straight. Pretty genius if you ask me.

    Ceiling Stenciling Tutorial
  4. Because I was doing this on the ceiling I couldn't just peel it off then move it in place and immediately start on the next one. I had to wait for the paint to dry on the stencil (5-10 minutes) before I could place it again.


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This is certainally a very pretty way to make your ceilings pop but it is a long process but if you have patience it is well worth it. You need some strong arms for this one. It is true that you have got to put a little paint on at a time and let the paint dry before moving to next one so I would say to buy more than one stencil to make it go a little faster. I us to help my friend do these ceilings when we painted houses. If you are willing to take your time than this ceiling stenciling is well worth it.

This requires hard work but honestly, This is fantastic!! Really, I was stoked by this project and seeing how it looks on the ceiling. I really want to try these. Very very nice! I can totally do this in each and every room we have at home. Maybe even in the living room and kitchen area! I am so excited about this!


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