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Hot Hack: How to Stencil Your Fireplace

Make your house a home with a fireplace that keeps you and your family cozy. Usually we are all stuck with the original fireplace that we bought our house with… but that doesn’t mean it needs to be dated and dreary! Make your fireplace dreamy and decorated by painting it will Royal Design Studio Tile Stencils. Check out this red-hot fireplace tile stencil tutorial to see why everyone loves this easy and affordable DIY decorating idea…


Step 1: After cleaning your fireplace surround, apply primer and let dry.

Step 2: Secure the stencil in the middle of your fireplace surround with painter’s tape. Load a stencil brush with latex paint that you can find at your local paint store. Offload the excess paint from the brush onto a paper towel. This will disperse the paint evenly on the brush as well as make sure you are using minimal paint. Using minimal paint is essential for preventing bleed under the stencil.

Step 3: Stencil the design using light to medium pressure.

[optional] Use painter’s tape to mask off and protect your grout lines if you wish to keep them visible if using an allover stencil design.

[optional] Use minimal paint and a stippling technique to create the look of real distressed tiles.

[optional] Use multiple stencil brushes to use multiple paint colors.

Step 4: Remove the stencil and reposition it using the registration marks that are built right into the stencil. Continue stenciling the next repeat and repositioning the stencil up, down, and around the first repeat you stenciled until you have stenciled your entire tile fireplace surround. Let dry.

Step 5: Protect your painted fireplace surround with water-based polyurethane sealant.

Hot Hack: How to Stencil Your Fireplace - Tile Fireplace Surround DIY Project - Painting Stencils from Royal Design Studio

Do you have a fireplace stenciling project you’ve been working on? We’d love to share and show it off to our readers! Email us at, share them on our Facebook Page, or you can even Instagram your projects and tag us with #royaldesignstudio

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