ceiling of 1879 parlor with paint stenciling to look like period wallpaper
Photo: Helen Norman
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Working from a Template

Next stop: Walmart, where they picked up custom-tinted latex paint for two base coats. Karl made plastic stencils by tracing the star-patterned papers, used them to create larger posterboard templates, and worked his way across the ceiling and walls, positioning the templates with quick-dry adhesive and spraying them with gold paint. "Cutting them out was tedious," he says, "but then the work flew."
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