Step 1: Mix the Glaze Coat for the Upper Walls; Roll it On

stirring the glaze with a stir stick
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Once the base coat is dry, use disposable cups to mix equal parts glaze and the first color, in satin latex. Stir, and pour into a paint tray. Beginning at the top corner of the upper wall, cut in and roll the glaze from the ceiling down to the chair rail. To keep the glaze from drying before you drag it, don't go wider than 3 feet.
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    Tools List

    • paintroller
      Paint roller
    • styrofoam cups
      Styrofoam cups
    • stir sticks
      Stir sticks
    • paint tray and liner
      Paint tray and liners
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    • 3-inch angled paintbrush
      3-inch angled paintbrush
    • 4-inch-wide stiff-bristle brush
      4-inch-wide stiff-bristle brush. Look for a brush that is stiff and coarse, like a whisk broom, a scrub brush, or this wallpaper paste brush with the soft tips lopped off.
    • cleaning rag
      Clean rag or paper towel

    Shopping List

    Clear acrylic latex glaze

    Latex paint
    Two colors for the upper walls and three colors for the wainscot; the base coat should be a satin finish or glossier.