SPECIAL CASES: STRIPED WALLS Painter’s masking tape for decorative painting Carpenters level Measuring tape Primer Two shades latex wall paint Pencil Paint brushes Decide how wide you want stripes [probably from 2 to 4 inches). Prime walls with a premium-bond primer. After they dry, paint on a base coat. Allow to dry to avoid smudging. Measure and mark stripes on the wall with a pencil, using the level to ensure straight lines. Dont erase or youll smudge the wall. Mask off every other stripe with tape, as follows. Carefully mask the outer edge of each pencil mark with quality painters 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. Paint the stripes of bare wall exposed in between the masked-off stripes. Use smooth, even strokes. 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 Apply a primer or extra coat of your base paint for a smooth finish. Paint a solid base coat and let dry overnight. Dont rush drying. Test your technique and color combination in a hidden place on a wall or on scrap board. Wear disposable plastic gloves instead of household rubber gloves, which leave fingerprint impressions. Change gloves as needed.