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Cooperstown, Ny

The Bump Tavern is actually located at the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, NY, which is administered by the New York State Historical Association also in Cooperstown. (It was erroneously cited in our Floor Catalogue.)

From the illustration above, it can be seen that the border around the perimeter of the room and the centers of the two floor units are stenciled in blue, and that the outer edges of the two center units are stenciled in red. It was my determination that the stenciling of two colors on a single stencil could be accomplished by careful application of the paints.

The large border pattern offers a perfect opportunity to stencil a neat mitered corner. It is always easier to figure out how to do this yourself without consulting directions which may seem complicated, whereas the doing of it is really quite simple.

Taping off the corner on the diagonal will accomplish the effect seen on page 4 of the Floor Catalogue. The outer corner point is determined by allowing equal margin space between the stencil and Wall A, and the stencil and Wall B, so that as you change the direction of the stencil to the adjacent wall (B), the pattern stenciled in this new direction will butt up in the corner against the point at which the stencil ends coming from the other direction. The inner corner on the inner edge of the stencil on Wall A can be determined by measuring 12 1/2" from the outer edge of the stencil in its new location on wall B to where this point falls on the inner border of the stencil on Wall A. With the stencil in its position on Wall A, tape this diagonal on the stencil itself, and stencil the first half of the mitered corner. Now change the direction of the stencil to the adjacent wall, reposition the tape on the stencil so that it protects the diagonal just stenciled and allows for the stenciled angle on Wall B to butt up against it. You have created a mitered corner.

The floor patterns may be spaced to suit your floor.