How to Stencil Shower Doors with a Cutting Edge Stencil

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I have a fun and decorative idea for you today.   I am going to show you how to stencil shower doors.   I love the look of an allover stencil pattern on a wall and I stenciled my mudroom about 12 years ago in a lattice pattern. I used a stencil that was 8” x 14” to do the entire room. It took me over a week and it was not easy.  I wish I had a Cutting Edge wall stencil back then. Their stencils are large and you use a roller so the process goes very quickly. No pouncing brush necessary.

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Since I am not sure if I will have to move because of my husband’s job,  I didn’t want to to stencil an entire wall somewhere in my house. If we have to move I would not be able to take it with me, so I opted to do something on a smaller scale.

If we do have to move and I have to stage the house for sale, I can easily remove my stenciled shower door with some glass cleaner and a razor blade.

One of the best things about Cutting Edge Stencils is that they can be re-used many times.  So I can stencil a wall when I know for sure I am staying in this house or to make my mark in my next house.

I picked the Zamira pattern, but there are so many to choose from.  I had a tough time choosing mine. I had to pick it by playing Eenie, Meenie, Miney Mo with the three that I narrowed down as my favorites.

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Just your average stall shower door.

How to stencil shower doors


I stenciled the outside of the door using white paint.  I thought about using etching cream with the stencil, but I wanted to add more white accents to the room to coordinate with the white molding around the mirror above the sinks.  The etching cream would have added a greyish look, so I went with white and am very happy with how it turned out.

There is a skylight in the bathroom that I can not reach to cover, but it was casting shadows on my newly stenciled door when I was taking these photos, but you can get the idea.

Stenciled Shower Door

supplies needed:

  • Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Wall Stencil – Zamira pattern
  • Painter’s Tape and Elmer’s Spray Adhesive
  • Foam Roller
  • Paint tray
  • Paper towels
  • White latex enamel  paint

Note:  This allover stencil is created for walls, floor, or any large surface.   To use it – you work from the least seen corner of your room and then to the left until you come back around to your starting corner. For my shower door application I decided I wanted to center the pattern on the door.  When I had to move the stencil to the left side – everything automatically lined up.  When I had to stencil the right side, I had to find the pattern section that matched up.  Not difficult, but I did have to do it a small section at at time.

To learn more stencil how to’s and tips you can click over to The Cutting Edge Stencils site to view a few of their videos.

Tips on Using an Allover Pattern Stencil

How to Stencil a Shower Door

1.  Spray a small bit of Elmer’s spray adhesive on the back of the stencil.  This helps it stay flat against the door.   Find the center of your door and mark it. You can see the piece of tape I have on the top border of the door.  I also used some tape to make sure the stencil was flat and secured.  It is not shown in my photos, but I taped around the edge of the glass so I would not get any paint on the rubber gasket and metal frame.

How to stencil a shower door

2. Using the foam roller that came with the stencil.  I rolled it into my paint tray and then rolled it on a piece of paper towel to remove most of the paint. You want the roller to be a bit dry. Less paint on the roller will give you the best results.  Make sure to keep your pressure even as you roll the roller over the stencil.  When you are sure you covered the pattern, remove the stencil and move it to the left. Line up the design and  secure with tape.  Roll over the stencil again.   When done, move the stencil back to the center under the top center section you rolled on.  Repeat the rolling on the paint process, and then move it to the left. Keep repeating this process until the center and left side of the door have been stenciled.

How to stencil a door

3. To do the right side – find the section on the stencil that matches up with the right edge of the pattern that is already stenciled on the door. Tape it in place and paint. Keep moving it down and matching up the pattern until you have the right side stenciled on.

Along with your allover stencil pattern, you get a small strip with all the different pattern pieces on the stencil so you can do any edge work.  I cut out one of the pattern pieces from this strip and used it to be able to stencil behind the door handle.

From start to finish, stenciling this door took less than an hour and I took this photo when it was still wet while the  light was still bright enough to get a daylight photo.

Stencil on a shower door with a cutting edge stencil

I really like how it gives my bathroom a modern touch. I also like how it looks against the texture of the grass cloth on the walls.

How to stencil using Zamira pattern Cutting Edge Stencil

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  1. Hi there! Love the idea!
    I found a glass paint – “Krylon Stained Glass Paint. But I can’t decide on a pattern. My husband does not like the idea of painting glass very much. But he liked the pictures of your “After” result.

    1. Hi Maria – The nice thing about painting on glass is that when you tire of it, you can wet the surface and remove the paint with a razor blade scraper. EZ and no damage to the glass. :-)

  2. when you are done what about the adhesive you sprayed on the stencil? does it remove with windex? and it doesnt hurt the paint? I am considering using this pattern on a few mirror cabinet doors but may use some gold metallic enamel paint.. not sure how to seal it or if i need to so when little hands get fingerprints on mirror i can clean them and is there any residue from the adhesive.. please answer asap.. wanting to get started, you did an amazing job.. looks stunning!! Kim

    1. Hi Kim –

      When spraying the adhesive on the stencil, you only need a little, only enough to make it tacky. When you remove it, there should not be any residue left. If you apply too much adhesive and some gets on the glass, you can use a pencil eraser to remove it. Just rub over it, then use Windex. As far sealing the paint, if you use a semi or gloss enamel, there is no need to seal it.

  3. Hi there! Just found you on pinterest. Love the idea of stenciling onto a shower door! Once done, are you still able to clean the shower door as usual with Windex or another glass cleaner?

    1. HI Rhonda – Yes no problem at all. What I do is spray glass cleaner on a paper towel not directly on the glass. It has been more than a year since I stenciled my door and it looks just as good as the day I did it. When stenciling – a thin layer (use a foam pouncer or stencil brush) of paint is all that are needed.

  4. This is an amazing idea! Great job… I’m so glad my kids are napping right now so I can dream through more great projects on your site!

  5. I just saw this on Pinterest and it is absolutely fantastic! I have the same tired shower door, and I’m thinking it will get a stenciled facelift!

  6. I love the Moroccan Dream Allover Stencil & plan to use this on my bathroom shower door. Thanks for the great tutorial!

    1. Hi Samantha-

      Since it was just a builder grade shower door, I figured I had nothing to lose if it didn’t work out. It looks very cool from inside the shower, too.

  7. I liked Cutting Edge Stencil FB page. I love both of your sites! Thanks for the tips!

  8. Love the Marrakech Trellis Allover Stencil. Would look great in the master bedroom and the master bath shower door.

  9. Too many choices! I would have to say I like the Vision Allover stencil! I love most of the allover stencils! They are AWESOME!!!

  10. I loved the Bamboo allover pattern. Now just need to find a place to put it! I also “liked” the website. Thanks for the great “how-to” Diane!

  11. By the way, I am already a fan of Cutting Edge Stencils. Would love to win a stencil so I can get to decorating one of my bedrooms.

  12. I am loving the new stencils but if I had to pick my current favorite, I’d have to go with “Connection.”

  13. Beautiful door! I wish I’d seen this BEFORE we replaced ours with something else. As for a favorite stencil, I’m really liking the Connections Allover stencil right now — very fresh!

  14. I LOVE the Zamira Pattern. I am so inspired by your shower door project that I am going to do one myself. I have never stenciled before, so a smaller project seems good to start with. Cutting Edge Stencils are like no others!

  15. What a great idea! It makes the shower door look so elegant. TFS the tutorial.


  16. Good job. That looks really nice.

    I liked three of the stencils at that site – the poppy fields, butterfly dance and allium gladiator flower stencils. It would be fun to play with those with our decor. :-)

  17. I have been drooling over the Zinnia Grande Flower Stencil for ages now! What a great give away from a great blog!

  18. Love the bathroom stencil you did – great job, as usual! On the Cutting Edge site I just fell in love with Marie-Antoinette Grand Panel Stencil, that entire Marie-Antoinette series actually:) I’m off to ‘like’ Cutting Edge on FB too!!!
    Have a great day ~Renee

  19. My favorite stencil is the Moroccan Dream Allover Stencil. I would have never thought to use it on a shower door. I love how you always think outside of the box!

  20. I love the allover paisley, the damasks, the pretty dahlias, ooh there are so many that I like! I’d be so happy to win one! I really enjoy your blog.

  21. Wow! I love that you had the guts to do this, and it turned out great! I’d choose the Zamira pattern too.

  22. I also liked them on facebook. What a great product! I may have to order some for the house we’re about to close on.

  23. I liked Cutting Edge on Facebook and would like to win the Anna Damask stencil and thank you for giving us the chance! :)
    and I LOVE what you did to your shower door! Looks very nice!

  24. What a great idea! I might just have to steal that one! It’s hard to choose just one pattern, but I think Kagami would look great on my shower door.

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

    Maggie :)

  25. What a fantastic way to update a shower door, I love how it turned out! I like the Zinnia grande flower and also the falling leaves. I have seen so many amazing stencil projects lately, I really need to give it a try!

  26. The harlequin….no, no, the Casablanca….no, no, the Rabat…..I would love to win and then I would be forced to pick one of the many that are so gorgeous!

  27. LOVE the vintage paisley design. This is such a great giveaway. I am a total DIY queen and I just happen to be growing tired of one blank wall in my living room. Talk about being inspired after visiting the site. Awesome stuff.

  28. Love the idea, love the stencils! I really like the casablanca one, but also several of the damask ones.

  29. What an absolutely creative way of using a stencil! I LOVE it!

    There are so many gorgeous stencils, but I really love Paisley allover.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. I really like the Casablanca Allover Stencil. It would be great for a wall and even better for a rug!

  31. I love, love what you did with your shower door! My shower texture looks just like yours! (I have the door and one in glass). I am so excited to stencil it now that I have seen what you have done! It took me forever on Cutting Edge website to pick my favorite one but I decided that I liked the Birch Forest Allover! I am headed to like their FB page!
    I am your newest follower…looking forward to getting to know you! I hope you will drop by my blog sometime for a visit! I am also following you on Twitter (my user name is Twittle__Dee)

  32. I love the Paisley stencil and have a big Thanksgiving weekend project in mind.

  33. Oh, and I “LIKED” Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook. In fact, I saw some floral stencils on their FB page that I didn’t notice on their website. Guess I’ll have to go back and take another peek!

    Thank you for the opportunity of a giveaway!

  34. I love the zamira stencil you used, and the birch one as well. I also liked them on facebook.

  35. Gosh — all of the stencils are wonderful. Among my personal favorites:

    Casablanca * Moroccam Dream * Rabat Allover Small Scale * Oasis
    Fuji * Fruit Tree Large * Spring Songbird

  36. My favorite stencil is the Rabat! It would look so cool in my guest bedroom as a feature wall! :)

  37. Bamboo Allover Stencil! This is a great idea. I will do it in frosted glass over a sliding door mirror in my master bath. I have been wanting to do something to cover those mirrors. This is perfect.

  38. I love the Paisley stencil. Paisley is my favorite pattern of all time. I would love to be able to use that stencil on my wall.

  39. I have looked many times and don’t need to look to tell you my favorite! It is Rabat. I want to do it on my dining room wall and the inverse colors on the window curtain.

  40. I would totally chose the Turkish Tulip design. I may be slightly partial just because of the name (I grew up in Turkey!) but I do love the design :)

  41. what an awesome giveaway! i want to stencil the tops of 2 tables right now and am waiting to be able to afford the stencil I want from Cutting Edge! I already like them on facebook :)

  42. I was so busy looking at all. I DID Like them on FB. Now I have to check to see if I shared the site on my wall on FB.

    I am so excited about this now. I hope to do my walls. I am going to Kiltz them first & then either white or a white you recommend and then a pink beige for what I picked or maybe a pink gold? Not so sure I can find what I am wanting. I always seem to want something no one has.

    Thanks for the information and the help.

    Sheryll & Critters.

  43. My choice right now would be the all over Paisley for my 12 year old daughters side of the room.

  44. We actually just decided we wanted the Simple Rhyme Stencil for our nursery! Would love to win it!

  45. Absolutely LOVE these stencils! I feel like I could say I love them ALL! Just to name a few, I am deeply in love with the Marrakech Trellis, Casablanca, Hand Forged, Zamira Entwined AND Boucle! I could find so many projects to use these stencils! Now that I am friends on Facebook I can get lots of ideas!

  46. LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea – these are contemporary patterns…I bought peel-and-stick wall art for the wall behind my bed-it came in many pieces I had to match up. I had a difficult time lining it up in pieces (and it was in a roll that kept rolling up) – it turned out fine, but this is much easier and I do not have to buy another one if I want to use all or a portion of it somewhere else. These can replace expensive wall paper and when you change your mind…you paint over it and get a new one.

  47. Everyone of those stencils look great, as does your shower door! But my favorite ( by a slim margin ) is the lovely lemon tree.

  48. That looks amazing. I really want to do this, did you put a sealer on it? I was wondering how the paint holds up.

  49. My favorite is the Brocade Stencil. I so want to try this on my glass walled shower! What an amazing idea!

  50. I love the transformation. Great idea! I love the Rabat pattern. I would love to stencil it on fabric for curtains.

  51. I really hope I win cause I am redoing the basement and have been thinking of stenciling. I love the Zinnia Grande Flower Stencil and Rabat Allover stencil

  52. Oh Diane,

    How beautiful your shower door came out. I am so impressed yet again. I have never seen this site before and I am definitely going to share it on my FB as well as yours. I keep telling everyone to read ‘ALL’ your blogs.

    Okay, I have yet to do my wish list on Cutting Edge Stencil, but I have been back and forth so many times, my mind is now feeling like a jig saw puzzle. But for my next wish to fix project, I think…… notice I said think…… I am choosing the Lilly Scroll Allover, since I want to do at least three of my walls, okay all four. I am wanting to go with subtle, like a white wall with some very pale pink beige or pink gold for the scrolls……. and I want so much to do this on my shower curtain as well. Still considering how dark the scrolls should be. I don’t have but a very tiny bathroom, so I don’t think I could take too much pop. I so hope I win, but I know it is a random thingy. I have always wanted to do some stencils, but was terrified of trying.

    I am so excited that now I forget how expensive the one I picked is. Going back to look and look for probably a few hours more.

    Sheryll & Critters.

  53. I’ve been shopping around for a stencil for a wall in our bedroom, so I would love to win! I like the new hand forged design among others :)

  54. Love your shower door! One of the bird &?or branch patterns might me my fave…they are all great. Thanks for the opp to win!

  55. What a clever idea! I hadn’t thought about stenciling a shower door but I -have- been musing about stenciling a window for more privacy (and that’s not so very different, no?).

    I really love all of the trellis patterns but the “Turkish Tulip” pattern ranks pretty much at the top.

  56. Great idea to dress up a shower door, Diane. I’ve been eyeing these stencils for a wall in my small entry/foyer to the new place. I was thinking of doing a stencil on one of the walls. I like the Harmony Damask stencil. Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. I love the Marrakech stencil the best, but all of the Damask ones are beautiful as well! Your shower door came out beautiful. What a creative idea.

  58. I love this idea! I like the stencil with the birds! It would look great in the hallway!

  59. So beautiful, what a GREAT idea! There are so many beautiful choices so it is tough to choose, but I would definately love the Damask Bird of Paradise stencil. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  60. I would love the “Anna” damask stencil…plan to to use it for stenciling painters canvas to recover my dining room wing chairs. Thanks for the shower door tip…I think I’ll steal it!

  61. I have never stencilled anything, but I’d really love to learn! I love your shower door project. I really, really would love to do that because my shower door is completely clear.

    I browsed through their stencils, and although I’ve wanted a tree and birds stencil for months, I LOVE the vintage paisley stencil. Too hard to choose… I’d have to have both!

  62. There are so many stencil patterns to love! I think I like the Acanthus All Over stencil the best. :) Thanks so much for a unique giveaway!

  63. I love that, and I need to do that to my bathroom door that is looking a little old and foggy, no matter how much I scrub! I would love to win and I think I would use the exact stencil you did, very classy!

  64. Love the stencils, and the larger scale makes life much easier! I especially love the Flower Power, Casablanca and Nagoya patterns. Very cool, thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  65. I love the daisy crazy and the lilly scroll–beautiful! And your idea for the shower door is wonderful, we might have to try that!

  66. Great idea! I love the Trellis all over stencil and intend to use it in my hallway whether I win it or not. :) Thanks for hosting!