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Stamp On a Custom Wall Pattern

Use a ready-made stamp and metallic paint to give walls a unique finish

living room with lavender walls and silver stamp design
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Alter the style of a room in a day—all it takes is an off-the-shelf stamp. Here, a field of lilac took on the appearance of a high-end wall covering, thanks to the addition of stamped-on silvery medallions.

Start with a wall canvas of flat latex paint in a color that will contrast with the shimmery pattern but not so much that a stray blip will stand out. Then choose a stamp; these medallions were made with the 4-inch Funky Stamp (about $20; englishstamp.com).


Steps // Stamp On a Custom Wall Pattern
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Gather Your Materials

 
Step One // Stamp On a Custom Wall Pattern

Gather Your Materials

stamp, acrylic paint, foam mini roller and plate for stamp painting
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To get started, gather your stamp; an acrylic craft paint, such as Folk-Art's Metallic Silver; a dense foam mini roller; and a plate with a flat center.

 
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Prep the Roller

 
Step Two // Stamp On a Custom Wall Pattern

Prep the Roller

paint roller and silver paint on white plate
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Pour paint on the plate and load the roller.

 
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Paint the Stamp

 
Step Three // Stamp On a Custom Wall Pattern

Paint the Stamp

hand paint rolling stamp
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Roll on the paint evenly across the stamp. Before tackling the wall, practice on paper or posterboard. "Tape it on the wall and practice stamping standing up," says Jo Pearson, manager of creative services for Michaels Arts and Crafts. The Funky Stamp, with its slightly curved base, calls for a firm rolling motion.

 
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Start Stamping

 
Step Four // Stamp On a Custom Wall Pattern

Start Stamping

hand stamping paint on lavender walls
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To avoid rigid rows while creating an evenly spaced pattern on the wall, tie a pencil to a string and knot the end; the one used for this design was about 12 inches from the pencil. Place the knot at the center of your first medallion and mark the next center with the pencil, and so on. Let the medallions bump up against windows, corners, and doors.

The payoff? "Stamping gives a room a personal look," says Pearson. "And it's a whole lot quicker than putting up wallpaper."

 
 
 

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