Step 2: Put down painter's tape,

positioning it outside the pencil marks and sealing it with a plastic putty knife or a credit card. To get in and around corners, use short lengths of tape and overlap them. If you want the lowest block to double as a bulletin board, put down a coat of magnetic primer.
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    Tools List

    • paintroller
      Large roller for walls (base coat)
    • nap roller cover
      Roller cover For smooth surfaces, like plaster: - to ¼-inch nap. For lightly textured drywall: ¼- to ½-inch nap.
    • roller tray
      Roller tray
    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • pencil
    • 3-inch painter's tape
      Painter's tape
    • plastic putty knife
      Plastic putty knife or credit card
    • dense-foam paint roller
      Dense foam rollers for color blocks and shelves
    • 2-and-a-half-inch paintbrush
      2-inch paint brush
    • artist paintbrush
      Small artist's brush

    Shopping List

    Latex paint in four colors. Get 1 gallon for the base coat and 1 quart each in a contrasting sheen for the accent colors.

    Magnetic primer (optional)