Add layers of charm and age-old appeal to plain walls with painted and stenciled wainscoting.
1. Mark the top of the wainscoting, or the area to be painted, with painter's tape.
2. Paint base color on wall. Mix glaze base and an acrylic paint to desired wall color, or use one of the premixed glazes. Roll glaze onto wall below tape, using foam roller and irregular strokes (Photo 1).
3. Add "texture" to wet paint. Mottle and soften glaze with damp wadded rag or chamois, plastic wrap, damp sea sponge, or texturing mitt (Photo 2). Each gives a different look. Let glaze dry.
4. Paint on stencil design. Mark stencil position on wall. Fasten stencil to wall with stencil adhesive or tape. Dip brush into second color of paint/glaze mix or glaze; blot on paper plate or kraft paper. Brush should be very dry. Apply paint with a circular motion (Photo 3).
5. Immediately "age" the paint. Do so by gently dabbing across it with slightly damp kitchen sponge (Photo 4). This removes part of paint and adds more depth and another texture. Finish should look uneven. Keep stencil in place.
6. Apply a bit of glaze. Dip a slightly damp sea sponge in glaze. Tap sponge on paper plate or kraft paper to remove most of glaze, then bounce it over stencil to stipple and further age design (Photo 5).
7. Carefully peel away stencil (Photo 6), and move it to next section of wall, making sure it aligns with positioning marks and prior design.
8. Repeat Steps 4 through 7 as needed along wall.