Step 1: Mark The Star Positions

After the base coat is fully dry, mark the positions of the stars. To avoid rigid rows but achieve pleasing spacing, tie one end of a 4-foot piece of string to a pencil and knot the other end. Place the knot at the center of the first star, mark the center of the next one, and so on. Outline the stars lightly in pencil. Stand back and check the pattern, and adjust it if necessary.
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    Tools List

    • scissors
    • pencil
    • string
    • 12-inch stainless steel ruler
      Metal ruler
    • black marker
      Fine-point permanent black marker
    • paintroller
      Roller and brush for cutting in (base coat)
    • paintbrushes
      Small artist's brush, half-inch brush, and regular paint brush (stars)
    • paintbrush
      Brush and applicator (polyurethane)
    • cleaning rag

    Shopping List

    Paper and pasteboard

    Small jars with lids

    1 gallon flat latex (base coat)

    4 to 5 pints latex in other colors, any finish

    1 gallon high-gloss polyurethane

    1 gallon semigloss polyurethane