Step 2: Use the Story Stick to Mark the Grout Lines

Using a ladder, the story stick, and light pencil marks, mark the top and bottom of each horizontal grout line. Do the same to mark the vertical lines. Let the marks guide you as you put down rows of delicate-adhesion painter's tape to form a grid of 8-inch squares. Extend the tape a bit at each end for easy removal.
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    Tools List

    • mini-roller
      Roller and roller tray
    • pencil
    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • straightedge guide
    • ladder
    • single edge razor
      Single-edge razor
    • small plastic putty knife
      Putty knife
    • 4-inch paintbrush
      4-inch paint brush

    Shopping List

    1 gallon flat latex paint

    Wood stick

    Two rolls 1-inch delicate-adhesion painter's tape

    1 gallon high-gloss latex paint

    Roller covers