Congratulations to reader Mandrake, who guessed 1,408 dentils inserted within the ceiling molding and beams topping my living room and dining room. Mandrake guessed amazingly close — 1,408 — to the number of dentils I counted, 1406.
Above: Genius decorative painter Denise [yesterday was her ninth day on the job; we have taken to calling her Eldin] experiments to find the best technique to paint the little demons — be sure to notice her laft hand, where there are three more brushes. Yes, to faux bois glaze and striae them, she determined that she and I will need to use four different brushes. This, on top of the two coats of base paint and the final clear coat at the end. Denise has painted four so far; only 1,402 to go! Wish us luck — and thanks to everyone who played. Mandrake will be getting his Paul MacAlister Plan-a-Room shortly!