Step 5: Roll and Drag the Wainscot Horizontally

applying horizontal blue glaze crosshatch with a stiff-bristled brush
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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With the first dragged layer completely dry—a day should do it—mix glaze with the third color. Roll it on in a manageable strip running left to right beneath the chair rail. Be sure to get paint between the grooves of your first layer with the roller. Now drag the full width of the wall. Roll on the next strip and repeat to the baseboard.
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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.