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Create your own 'wood paneling' with acetate stencil

November 08, 2013|By Lisa Boone
  • In the Greystone show house playroom, furniture designer Eric Brand crafted a stencil to look like wood paneling.
In the Greystone show house playroom, furniture designer Eric Brand crafted… (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles…)

In the Greystone show house’s children's playroom inspired by “Muppets” creator Jim Henson, furniture designer Eric Brand stenciled “poor man's wood paneling” on the walls, a charming effect created with little more than acetate templates and latex paint.

“The thinking behind it was: What if I wanted to have beautiful wooden paneling in my room and couldn’t afford it?” Brand said. “I’d paint it on the wall.”

Brand used standard latex paint for the base color as well as the navy blue and yellow lines.

“We wanted vibrant primary colors that are easy to understand and digest and are suited for a child’s visual connection,” he said.

How would one re-create the look at home? Brand’s step-by-step: Draw the design on a big piece of paper. Place acetate, available at art and craft stores, over the paper. Transfer the design with a highlighter. Cut out the shapes with a razor or X-Acto knife. Tape the acetate to the wall. Use a sponge to apply the first coat of blue and yellow accent paint. Pull off the acetate and let the paint dry. Later, add a second coat of blue and yellow lines using a brush.

Brand used one acetate stencil (24 to 28 inches wide) to create all of his panels. If you’re worried about the stenciling looking imperfect, don’t. Imperfection is part of the look, Brand said.

“Because it was a child’s playroom,” he said, “I wanted the paneling to look as if the children had painted it themselves.”


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