How to Stencil A Ceiling

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For months now, I’ve been wanting to add a little yellow to my daughter’s bedroom.  Her room is full of colorful things but I wanted to add a little something to the ceiling to draw the eye up (and give Emmaline something to look at as she falls asleep).

I knew I would use a stencil on Emmaline’s ceiling. I fell in love with the stenciling process when I stenciled my living room. People compliment me all the time on my “beautiful wallpaper.” 

How to Stencil a Ceiling

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I used 8 bottles of Crocus Yellow Crafter’s Paint to cover the ceiling (roughly 11×13).  This was my first time to use crafter’s paint for stenciling and I can’t emphasize enough what a difference it made!   
*The application was much easier with crafter’s paint and the dry time was awesome.  I was able to overlap the stencil quickly without worrying about smearing the paint.
Most of the time you won’t start stenciling in the middle of the room but the chandelier and vent were challenging for me so to make it easier I started in that area.  I recommend watching this video before you get started with your project.
Tape the edges of your stencil.  I used  Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape and I only had to replace the tape one time.  It was easy to pull the tape off and stick it down again.
When you are painting roll the paint on and be sure to remove excess paint from your roller before application to avoid bleeding.
Notice how beautifully the stencil reflects in the large vanity mirror!

Homemade Chalk Paint Vanity

I am thrilled with the results of Emmaline’s ceiling!  The reusable stencil was a fraction of the cost of wall paper and I can’t wait to use it again.  
Have you ever thought about stenciling before? 

*Disclosure: Cutting Edge Stencils gave me this product to review in exchange for my honest opinion. I have purchased cutting edge stencils several times before and I’ve always been thrilled with the product and results.

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Lovely comments

    • Amanda says

      Thank you! I’ll show it all to you next weekend. :)


  1. […] Amanda from Mommy Is Coocoo wanted the look of wallpaper on her daughter’s ceiling but didn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for it. That was no problem because Amanda already had the perfect alternative – stenciling! Amanda had previously stenciled her formal living room to mimic the look of wallpaper and got tons of compliments on it. Like Amanda says, I love how the patterned ceiling draws your eye up and gives her daughter something to look at as she falls asleep. […]

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