SPECIAL CASES: STRIPED WALLS Painter’s masking tape for decorative painting Carpenterâ€™s level Measuring tape Primer Two shades latex wall paint Pencil Paint brushes â€¢ Decide how wide you want stripes [probably from 2 to 4 inches). â€¢ Prime walls with a premium-bond primer. After they dry, paint on a base coat. Allow to dry to avoid smudging. â€¢ Measure and mark stripes on the wall with a pencil, using the level to ensure straight lines. Donâ€™t erase or youâ€™ll smudge the wall. â€¢ Mask off every other stripe with tape, as follows. Carefully mask the outer edge of each pencil mark with quality painterâ€™s masking tape. Tightly seal down the edge next to the pencil lines with your fingers to prevent the paint from bleeding through. Test a small area first to be safe. â€¢ Paint the stripes of bare wall exposed in between the masked-off stripes. Use smooth, even strokes. â€¢ After the color is applied, gently remove the tape before the paint dries, being careful not to smear it. SPECIAL CASES: SPONGING Primer Paint (two or more shadesj Natural sea sponges Pie tin â€¢ Apply a primer or extra coat of your base paint for a smooth finish. â€¢ Paint a solid base coat and let dry overnight. Donâ€™t rush drying. â€¢ Test your technique and color combination in a hidden place on a wall or on scrap board. â€¢ Wear disposable plastic gloves instead of household rubber gloves, which leave fingerprint impressions. Change gloves as needed.