Step 1: Prepare the Stencil and Paint

adhering the stencil to the ceiling
Photo: Julian Wass
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If you have a large fixture, you may need to trim the center of a half-medallion stencil to fit. Mist the stencil with repositionable spray adhesive, and press it onto the ceiling; a couple of bits of painter's tape can be a reminder not to roll over the edges. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of metallic craft or latex paint onto a styrofoam plate.
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