How to Stencil a Fun Pattern on a Ceiling

INSIDE: How to stencil a fun pattern on a ceiling with Cutting Edge Stencils.

How to stencil a fun pattern on a ceiling with paint using Cutting Edge Stencils | Dazzle While Frazzled.comWhat wild home decor ideas do you get after flipping through a magazine? When you are sitting at your child’s sporting practice for an hour+, your mind may easily wonder to how great it would be do something fun and colorful to an otherwise boring ceiling.

This is how I found myself perched atop a ladder in the middle of my foyer, foam roller in one hand and painter’s tape in another, stencil a pattern onto the ceiling.


While I am not a self-described stenciling pro, I have successfully stenciled two long walls in our house before. However, a ceiling was something new! It was a little more neck-craning (thank gawd for Ibuprofen!) but the results are pretty awesome! Here are the before’s and after’s…

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I want to give a huge thank you to Cutting Edge Stencils for partnering with me on this project.

Cutting Edge Stencils sent me the stencil of my choice. I selected the “Connection” stencil. Along with this awesome pattern, they sent me a foam roller and a very handy level which attached to the side of the stencil. This was unbelievably handy when dangling off a ladder, looking up!

Here is the foyer BEFORE. Kind of plain and boring, don’t you think?
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The light fixture is a remnant from the previous homeowners. It has to go!
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A great aspect of this particular stencil is its thickness and large size. Because of this, I was able to cover a lot of territory rather quickly. I used Frog painter’s tape to help keep the stencil on the ceiling. My only recommendation is to also have used spray mount adhesive given the angle I was working at.

Here are a few WORK IN PROGRESS shots…

Our ceiling is textured which makes painting it a little more involved!
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I found this photo on my phone, taken by my 5 year old!
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And now for the AFTER… Sorry it’s a little dark. This is such a dark space!

The foyer light fixture definitely has to be changed out! What lighting recommendations do you have to coordinate with this stenciled pattern?

DIY Stenciling Tips

  • Don’t overload your roller with paint. Be sure to keep a rag or paper towel next to your paint tray and roll off any excess
  • Roll gently so paint doesn’t bleed under the stencil. Because of this, you may have to do two coats before moving the stencil
  • Keep a small paint brush nearby. I found this handy when stenciling where the ceiling and walls met. I used this small brush to paint near the edges instead of the foam roller

 


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36 thoughts on “How to Stencil a Fun Pattern on a Ceiling

  1. Nancy Loring says:

    I have the perfect wall for the Birch Forest All Over Wall stencil. I live in northern New Hampshire and we have a lot of White Birch Trees which are my favorite.

  2. Claire | Heart Handmade UK says:

    Oooh, this is fab! I did something similar on the glass panel on a door and it took me forever. You’re super brave to have taken on this size of a stencilling project never mind on a textured ceiling! I’m in awe! x

  3. Marty says:

    I love these! Not at all what I was thinking when I heard “wall stencils” — I didn’t see a single pineapple 🙂

  4. Emy says:

    I love stencils, but I’m not sure that I’m brave enough to do a ceiling! Very impressive! Is your ceiling high enough for a hanging pendant light?

    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Thanks Emy! It would have to be a very low hanging light as the ceiling’s aren’t too high.

  5. Tim says:

    We have textured ceilings, so that wouldn’t work for us, but their selection of border and wall stencils would be great.

    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Ha ha! Thanks Kayla. I’ve now stenciled three rooms. I think I’m done for the time being.

  6. Teresa says:

    I would have never dreamed of painting the ceiling like that, but I do love the result. Thank you for joining The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

  7. Lesie says:

    Such a fun accent! I’ve been afraid of stencils since I failed so miserably at small ones many years ago. Perhaps it’s time to try again. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  8. LydiaF says:

    Holy cow! What an ambitious project but your carefulness has paid off because it looks great! Thanks for showing us how to do it at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

  9. [email protected] says:

    Very nice ceiling update with an excellent tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing.

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