Step 2: Set the Row Spacing

laying the first row of painter's tape on a table surface
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Use the centerpoint to place your first piece of tape, lining up one edge along the diameter and keeping it taut. The ends of the tape can overlap the lip of the table by a few inches.

Tip:
If you're worried about keeping the tape straight, place a yardstick along the diameter, weight it down, and use it to line up the first piece of tape.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure and pencil
    • 3-inch painter's tape
      3-inch painter's tape to mask off the herringbone stripes
    • plastic putty knife plus extra for graining comb
      Plastic putty knife to seal edges of tape, plus an extra if you're cutting one up to make the comb
    • mini-roller
      Mini roller and foam cover
    • roller tray
      Mini roller paint tray

    Shopping List

    1. Paint comb (optional)

    2. Latex paint in two colors, one for the base coat and one to tint the glaze coat

    3. Clear acrylic glaze to create a semitranslucent, luminous top coat with an extended working time