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Stencil like a pro

What is a quick and relatively easy way to add style and detail to any painted surface or create the style and elegance of wallpaper without actually wallpapering? The answer is stenciling.

With a few simple tools and some tips from decorative painting experts, you can instantly update the look of any room or other paintable object – tables, chairs or dressers – by stenciling. Follow these steps from Modern Masters® for a professional looking project:

– Before you begin, gather all your stenciling materials in one place -stencil, repositioning spray adhesive, measuring tape, brush, paint – and make sure the surface you’re about to stencil is dry and sound. Use a piece of chalk and chalk line, or lightly applied pencil, and mark where you want to place the stencil.

– Follow along the reference guide on the stencil to position it in the correct area on the surface. Spray the back of the stencil with a repositioning spray adhesive and let dry for one minute. Position the stencil onto the desired area and press firmly down.

– Now, dip the tip of the stencil brush into your chosen paint and wipe off the excess on a clean rag–too much paint on the brush may cause the stencil to bleed. Dry brush the paint onto the stencil in a circular motion.

Remove the stencil and repeat the process until all areas are complete.

– For a dramatic shimmering effect, use a metallic shade from Modern Masters’® Metallic Paint Collection® instead of ordinary latex paint. There are 35 precious metal and designer colors – like Blackened Bronze, Copper Penny, Plum and Cranberry Mist – that can add style and elegance to any surface. Or add just a touch of shimmer to your stencil with one of the five sheer translucent

paints in the Metallic Paint Collection like Pearl White and Flash Blue. For an alternate sophisticated look, try stenciling Modern Masters’® Dead Flat Varnish onto a surface painted with a Metallic Paint Collection color.The varnish dries flat and slightly darker than the base color to produce a two-toned, damask effect that gives dining rooms and entryways a sophisticated, elegant look.

To learn more about decorative painting techniques and products available, call Modern Masters® at (800) 942-3166 or visit their Web site at

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