Stencil Ideas - Stenciled Ceilings

How to Stencil a Professional Looking Ceiling Detail


Painted detailing around a formal dining room chandelier is, in a word, stunning! But if, like me, you don’t happen to have the cash to commission a professional artist to add one for you, you may be feeling like it’s not possible. Luckily, you can easily recreate the look all by yourself using a stencil, a little bit of paint and a couple of hours during your next free weekend!




First, it’s best to start with a clean surface, so take a damp rag to the section of ceiling you plan to stencil. Next, go ahead and remove the chandelier before getting started. You don’t need to unwire the entire thing - Just unscrew the decorative cap.

Next up, take your stencil outside to a well-ventilated area and spray the underside generously with spray adhesive. Let the glue set for about 5 minutes. This allows the adhesive to get more tacky than sticky. 

Using a step ladder (and a friend on the opposite end), gently maneuver your stencil into place. Once the stencil is where you’d like it to be, press firmly across the entire surface so that it sticks to the ceiling. Lengths of painters tape cut to size pressed around the edges will also ensure that your stencil doesn’t move during painting.

Before getting your paint ready, use a pencil to put tick marks on the ceiling. There are two tiny triangles built into the stencil on either end that, once marked, will allow you to line up the other half of the stencil during the second phase of the project.

Pour a small portion of the Royal Stencil Creme Paint onto your paper plate, and then dab the Stencil Brush into it, being careful not to overload the bristles with paint. Remove any extra on a paper towel, and then start working your way across the stencil, using a dabbing motion. I did two coats, allowing for about 20 minutes of dry time in between. Gently peel the stencil from the wall after the second coat is finished, wipe off any extra paint and set the stencil aside.





After the first half has dried completely (usually within an hour), position the stencil on the other half of the chandelier using the tick marks made earlier to line it up. Then simply repeat the painting steps explained before.

Once the second half has gotten its two coats and the stencil has been removed, let the paint dry for another hour. Put your chandelier back in place, clean and store your supplies and then step back and enjoy your beautiful new hand-painted ceiling detail!





Carrie Waller is a freelance writer, designer and stylist living in Lynchburg, Virginia. For a real-time rehash of her DIY home renovation projects, visit her blog Dream Green DIY.

Romancing a Victorian Home with Stencils

 Romancing a Victorian Home with Royal Design Studio Stencils

Victorian Homes magazine is one of the go-to guides to the Victorian lifestyle and they feature restored historic homes and other spaces with romantic charm. Imagine our delight when spying Royal Design Studio Stencils nested within their lovely pages. The eye-catching photographs of the feature showcase a home with vintage-style design and stencil patterns used beautifully and effectively. Let's take a slow and sweet stroll through this stenciled beauty of a home.

Stenciled Foyer featured in Victorian Homes Magazine | Royal Design Studio

Gothic Dado Border Stencil on Wall | Feature by Victorian Homes | Royal Design Studio Stencils

The two-story, 1880s-style house has a myriad of architectural, stenciled and finished details. As soon as you walk into the home's foyer, you spy the Gothic Dado Border Stencil against a lightly finished rose-colored wall. SO magnificently pretty and unexpected! The Gothic Dado is one of the larger selections in the Border Stencils Collection and measures a little over 2' feet tall.  It creates elegant interest on a wall by creating an "elaborate" dado pattern on the lower wall area of a room when stenciled.

Elegant Border Stencil on Wall | Royal Design Studio's European Lace Border Stencil | Victorian Homes

The European Lace Border was stenciled along the top of the wall to balance the dado stenciling below. All the colors of the owner's collections and design are connected wonderfully by the stenciling.

Stenciled Coffered Ceiling with Royal Design Studio Stencils | Victorian Homes Feature

The owner woodgrained the ceiling beams and stenciled the coffered ceiling insets with the Palazzo Centerpiece Ceiling Stencil. Very classic and rich! The stencil is part of the Ceiling Stencils Collection that includes stencil patterns for all design styles.

Stenciled Walls in Feature by Victorian Homes magazine | Royal Design Studio Stencils

Who wouldn't love a little more romance in their life? You can see how charming the Victorian-inspired home is and how the stenciling added so much style to the design. Please be sure to see the Victorian Home's online house tour of the property for more information. We love how this feature showcases the breadth of stencil options Royal Design Studio offers -- whatever your favorite design style is, they have the perfect stencil pattern for you!

More Sweetly Stenciled Inspiration!

Stenciling a Ceiling with Victorian Homes Magazine!

 Stenciling a Ceiling feature in Victorian Homes Magazine by artist Patricia Presto using Royal Design Studio Stencils

An often overlooked area in a space is the ceiling, affectionately called the "Fifth Wall". All-white ceilings can be so stark, don't you agree? Decorative painter Patricia Presto of On the Surface recently wrote a fantastic article for the Holiday Issue of Victorian Homes magazine on stenciling an attractive ceiling treatment and she used our 19th Century Ceiling Medallion Stencil for her project!  The stencil is just one of the options available in our Ceiling Stencils Collection and it is also available as a complete stencil set with corners, borders and centerpieces.  Stenciling a ceiling medallion is a great option to enhance and accent the design of a beautiful light fixture by calling more attention to it.

Prepping a stencil for a ceiling | 19th Century Medallion Stencil by Royal Design Studio

We think that stenciling a ceiling is a fantastic way for adding color and pattern to complete a room's design-as in-the "crowning touch!". Patricia provided fantastic stencil tips in her article, including:

  •  Secure the sides of the stencil tightly with tape. Use low-tack adhesive tape to minimize surface damage, repel paint and prevent bleed-through.
  • Remove excess stencil paint onto a paper towel. Your stencil brush should be lightly coated to ensure clean, crisp lines.
  • LIft the stencil carefully from the ceiling after you have completely covered the open areas of the stencil and they are dry. If you need another layer of paint or want to add more colors, repeat the process.
  • The medallion stencil will be one-half of the finished design. Once you have completed one side, move to the other side and repeat the process.

Patricia also advises to pick a stencil that will work year-round and not just for specific holidays. You can find additional tips in our Stenciling on Ceilings resource site on our How to Stencil page.

Close up of 19th Century Ceiling Medallion Stencil  | Royal Design Studio | Artist: Patty Presto

Several metallic stencil paint colors were used to fill in the design!  Patricia shares that using metallic colors prove an elegant option because they will reflect the chandelier's light and give the space a beautiful, warm glow.  You can use the different colors at the same time for good blending or use them individually in specific areas of your stencil pattern. 

19th century ceiling medallion stencil on dining room ceiling by artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface Design | Royal Design Studio

 All images courtesy of photographer Tom Gorman of Back Light Pictures

Stenciling can be done throughout an entire ceiling, the perimeter of the room or simply to surround a light fixture as Patricia did. She created a nice, classic space for her clients that incorporated their wonderful design elements and their guests a wonderful reason to look up!  Many thanks to Patricia Presto and Victorian Homes magazine for the exciting stencil feature!  We hope this inspires YOU to add a little pattern and drama to your ceiling!

Let's take a look at other great solutions for your ceiling dilemmas!

  • Stenciling a ceiling with our Royal Stencil Cremes gives you an edge with super easy blending & drying, great colors and opaque coverage!

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