Step 8: Complete the Tape Outline

smoothing painter's tape on a wood floor to complete a checkerboard outline
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Seal the tape to the floor by pulling the putty-knife blade over the tape to remove air bubbles and prevent paint from bleeding underneath and onto the lighter-colored squares. Continue taping until all the unmarked squares are outlined.

Tip: Clean up pencil marks with a damp sponge instead of an eraser, which could damage the freshly painted base coat.
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    Tools List

    • Sanding Sponge
      150-grit sanding sponge
    • paint roller with extension
      Paint tray and roller frame with extension pole
    • straight edge
      Ruler or yardstick
    • framing square
      Framing square
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • roller frames
      Mini roller frame
    • paintbrush
      2½-inch polyester-nylon paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1. porch and floor paint Stands up to foot traffic and scuffs better than wall paint. One gallon covers 300 square feet; you'll need enough base color for two coats and enough pattern color to cover half the floor with two coats.

    2. painter's tape Get tape labeled "delicate," which is the least tacky, so it won't pull up the base-coat paint when removed.

    3. ½-inch nap roller

    4. 3-inch mini foam roller

    5. water-based polyurethane (optional) For a top coat of added durability. Satin finish will look best.