Step 4: Cut In at Corners and Edges

how to paint a color wash step four: cut in the corners and the edges of the area being painted
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Wherever the walls meet the trim or adjoin the ceiling, use the straight edge of the brush to fill in up to the edge. Position the bristle tips a fraction of an inch from the edge, then gently flick the brush toward the center of the wall in short strokes.

Continue along the edge, staggering the angles and length of your strokes as you go until all the edges are filled in. Once the wall is complete, allow the first-layer color to dry.
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    Tools List

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    • putty knife
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    • paintroller
      Roller frame
    • paint pan
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    • bucket
      Paint bucket
    • paintbrush
      1 1/2-inch angled sash brush
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    Shopping List

    1. Latex Paint: You need to choose three colors: a base coat in semigloss and two layer colors in eggshell or matte. The layer colors get mixed with glaze, so get about half as much of these two shades as you would need to paint the whole room.

    2. Latex Glaze to smooth the effect and create a translucent top coat. One gallon is enough for a 10-by-10-foot room. 3. Spackling Compound to repair the walls before painting.

    4. 150-Grit Sandpaper

    5. Primer to spot-prime any spackled areas.

    6. Tray Liners and Bucket Liners

    7. 3/8-inch Nap Roller Cover