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How to Paint a Checkered Room

    • 1). Pour the white paint into the paint tray. Filling the room with the lighter, base color first will make the process smoother. Attach the paint roller to the roller extension. Roll the paint roller in the paint tray, evenly coating it. Roll the paint onto the wall. Continue dipping the roller into the paint tray until you've covered the wall, refilling as necessary. Paint the edges using the 1-inch paintbrush, for finer details. Allow the white coat to dry for several hours.

    • 2). Measure the width of the wall with the tape measure. Evenly space the checkers for a nice pattern. For this example, the wall is 10 feet, and each checker will be 1-foot high and 1 foot tall.

    • 3). Mark the wall using the pencil, indicating where the checkers will go. Place the tape measure in the corner of the wall, pull it out and mark a vertical line for the first checker. Repeat along the wall and at different heights. If you marked the first row about 5 feet off the ground, do another row at 3 feet, and another at 1 foot.

    • 4). Hold the straight edge vertically against the wall, connecting three of the marks. This creates your vertical marks for the checker pattern. Mark a vertical line up the wall using the straight edge and the three marks as a guide. Repeat this process for every column of checkers, going all the way across, from ceiling to floor.

    • 5). Measure the height of the wall using the tape measure. Repeat steps 3 and 4, but instead of vertical marks, make corresponding horizontal marks. When done, you should have a penciled outline of a checkerboard.

    • 6). Mark the middle of each checker square that should be black with an "X." Go through the pattern, alternating colors and rows accordingly. Double-check the pattern once complete.

    • 7). Mask off the white areas with the masking tape. Mask inside the lines; these areas will stay white. The tape must completely cover the panel to prevent leakage through the black.

    • 8). Pour the black paint into the tray. Put a new roller on the paint roller and extension. Repeat the first step in the unmasked areas. This minimizes any bleed-through without wasting paint.

    • 9). Allow the paint to dry for an hour before peeling off the masking tape.

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