Step 8: Cut in and roll on the paint

using a brush to cut in the stripes between arrows to paint a striped wall
Photo: Kolin Smith
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On the first round, paint the stripes between the arrows, avoiding the ones blocked off with X's. Using a paintbrush, cut in the paint along the ceiling and baseboard, and along the wall adjacent to the first stripe. For skinny stripes, stick with the paintbrush for the entire length. And when painting with the brush, keep your strokes vertical and pull paint away from the tape to avoid pushing paint beneath it. For larger stripes, use a small roller to coat the open area between the tape.
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    Tools List

    • swivel head pole sander
      Sanding Pole
      fitted with 120-grit sandpaper sponge
    • ¼x2-inch Stick
      cut to the length of the repeating pattern
    • four-foot level
      4-foot Level
    • small plastic putty knife
      Plastic Putty Knife
      to seal the tape before painting
    • 1-inch and 2½-inch angled paintbrushes
      Get one brush per paint color
    • mini-roller
      4-inch Roller Frame with Foam Covers
      Get one frame and cover per paint color

    Shopping List

    1. 1-inch Delicate-adhesion Painter's Tape Double the total number of wall stripes, and multiply that number by the height of the wall to determine how much tape you'll need. A roll is about 180 feet long, and you'll need a roll or two extra.2. Paint Cups with Disposable Trays Get one paint cup for each color.

    3. Paint Avoid the need for a second coat by choosing a premium latex paint.

    4. Drop Cloth