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Moroccan-Pattern Stenciled Wainscot

Surround a room with an intricate and elegant Moroccan-theme pattern expressed in bright colors.

Moroccan-pattern stenciled wainscot beneath a chair rail

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Level
  • Spray adhesive
  • Painter's tape
  • 9-in paint roller and tray
  • 2 - 4-in foam rollers and trays


  • 1 gallon Valspar Signature satin paint, Polar White (#7003-16)
  • 1 quart Valspar Signature satin paint, Iced Berry (#1004-1C) and Simply Coral (#2001-2A)

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Project Resources


Step 1

Apply two base coats of paint (Polar White shown) and allow about four hours for the final coat to dry.

Step 2

Center the stencil on the first wall to be painted

Measure the width of the wall where you'll begin -- the first wall you see when you walk into the room is a good starting point. Spray the back of the stencil with adhesive following the label directions for making it repositionable. Center the stencil at the mid-point on that wall just under the chair rail and press it firmly against the wall.

Step 3

Apply the first color to groups of patterns

Saturate a roller with your first color (Mixed Berry shown) and roll off the excess paint on paper towels or kraft paper. Choose a pattern within the stencil to apply paint using light, repeated passes that don't force paint underneath the stencil. Let dry for about 10 minutes and recoat as needed. You can match colors to patterns as you please; we painted patterns so the shapes would be separated vertically by two complementary colors.

Step 4

Apply the second color to patterns in between the first color

Switch rollers and repeat for stencil patterns between the shapes painted in the previous step (Simply Coral shown). (Small accidental overlaps won't affect the look of the finished design.) Let the paint dry to the touch before continuing.

Step 5

Apply Iced Berry over the Simply Coral patterns

Using the roller from the first stencil patterns, apply a light partial coat of the first color over the second color. Then do the same with the other roller to apply the second color over the first color.

Step 6

Continue stenciling around the room

Reposition the stencil below the first group of patterns to continue the design and repeat Steps 3-5. Then place the stencil to the right of the first group and continue to the nearest wall. Return to the center and work your way left to the other wall. Each time you reposition the stencil, check that it's level. Wash the stencil as needed between moves and spray on more adhesive as needed.

Step 7

When you reach a corner, push the stencil against the wall you're painting, leaving the other half free, and bend it into the corner. As you turn the corner, press the stencil against the other wall so that you maintain a continuous pattern.

Step 8

Touch up gaps with a roller and brush using a partial stencil

Use the partial stencil in the set to fill in between the full stencil and the chair rail or floor, working first with a small roller and then with a brush.