a stenciled ceiling medallion
Steps // How to Stencil a Ceiling Medallion
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Prepare the Stencil and Paint

 
Step One // How to Stencil a Ceiling Medallion

Prepare the Stencil and Paint

adhering the stencil to the ceiling
Photo by Julian Wass

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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Roll on Two Coats

 
Step Two // How to Stencil a Ceiling Medallion

Roll on Two Coats

rolling on the first stencil coat
Photo by Julian Wass

To keep paint from bleeding under the stencil, use an almost dry roller. Load the roller until it absorbs most of the paint, and remove excess by rolling it over a folded paper towel several times; it's better to have too little paint than too much. Move to the stencil, rolling with light to medium pressure. Peel back a stencil corner to check that you're satisfied with the coverage.

 
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Use a Lightly Loaded Stencil Brush to Add Highlights

 
Step Three // How to Stencil a Ceiling Medallion

Use a Lightly Loaded Stencil Brush to Add Highlights

using a stencil brush to add highlights
Photo by Julian Wass

To give the medallion a bit more luster and depth, add highlights with a lighter color paint, using a stencil brush and a pouncing motion. Blot the brush on a folded paper towel before stippling some of the cutouts' "spines." If you like the effect, add a few more.

 
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Peel Off the Stencil and Repeat

 
Step Four // How to Stencil a Ceiling Medallion

Peel Off the Stencil and Repeat

peeling off the stencil to reveal a faux ceiling medallion
Photo by Julian Wass

Gently remove the stencil. No need to clean it; just reposition the stencil on the other side of the fixture, lining it up with the pattern you've created for a seamless circle. Apply two coats of paint, pounce on highlights if you'd like, and remove the stencil. 
Now turn on the light and enjoy.

 
 

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