Step 3: Remove Portions of the Vertical Grout Lines

removing painter's tape for staggered
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Use a single-edge razor to help remove 8-inch lengths of vertical tape from every other row; this will turn the squares into 8-by-16-inch rectangles that are staggered, as shown in Step 4.
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    Tools List

    • mini-roller
      Roller and roller tray
    • pencil
      Pencil
    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge
    • ladder
      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