While one of the most dreaded activities for many homeowners, DIYers and even professionals is painting a ceiling, if you follow our simple tips, you’ll be able to do tackle this daunting endeavour like a pro.
Here are a few tips and pointers to help you out in the process:
Clear most of the stuff that you can easily lift out of the room, and cover the rest with a plastic sheet. Cover the floors as well, so you don’t get any paint on them and use tape to keep the plastic sheets in place. Use painter’s tape to mask off areas that should not be painted, or in this case, protect the wall’s edges from getting painted in the process of painting the ceiling. This only applies if you’re using a different colour for the ceiling, which most tend to do.
Applying the tape takes a little bit of your time, but provides excellent results in the end.
Protect your clothes by wearing disposable protective clothing on top, or wear an old pair of pants and a t-shirt that you won’t be concerned about staining. Don’t wear too tightly fitted clothes because they’ll make it challenging to manoeuvre, but don’t choose baggy clothes as well, as they can easily brush up against a painted wall and smear the paint.
Use eye protection and a hat, unless you want to get paint in your hair or worst off in your eyes.
Consider using gloves as well, to protect your hands from any toxic materials that may be found in the paint.
Choosing the right colour plays a significant role in how your finished result will turn out.
While white has been considered the standard and best choice for ceilings, there are many other options you can go with, depending on the size of your room, the whole theme and design and so on.
Here are some of the options you can use:
Go with white, if you want to:
Brighten up your room especially if it doesn’t have much natural light
Cover any imperfections, such as bumps and lumps
Use a lot of colour in the rest of the room, in terms of furniture, walls, décor and so on
Go with a darker shade, if:
You want to create sophisticated charm and make your room feel more intimate and cosier
Create contrast in a room with white walls
Use the opportunity before you put on a new layer of fresh paint, to first take care of any rough bits and cracks you might find.
Fill in any indents and holes with spackling compound and use a sanding sheet or sponge to sand any rough bits that you might find.
While there are some, who tend to skip this step, applying one coat of interior latex paint primer will provide a stain-free barrier and will make it possible for you to use less coats of paint, or maybe even be done with one coat.
Applying a coat of primer before you paint can easily cover any mould spots and stop them from showing through the paint.
Follow the instructions on the box and give the primer time to dry off before you start painting.
Getting the perfect line between the walls and the ceiling is the first step in painting a ceiling. While it can sometimes be challenging to cut in around the ceiling’s edges without leaving visible lines, there are a few simple ways that you can use to help you get the job done right.
First off, for this project, you’ll need to use a paint with high viscosity, or look for paint labelled “ceiling paint”. Thicker ceiling paint is formulated to spatter less and stick better, making it more suitable in this case.
Use an angled brush to paint a perfect line where the ceiling and the walls meet and then begin painting the whole ceiling while the cut lines are still wet, to prevent visible lines from forming.
Once you’ve cut around the edges, you should start painting the entire ceiling right away so you can avoid leaving any lines. Use a roller with an extension pole to reach the ceiling comfortably, or get a ladder if you’re working with high ceilings that you cannot reach from the floor.
Fill your roller tray and load your roller by doing small dips and rolling it until you get the nap evenly covered but not dripping. Never submerge your whole roller in the paint to avoid paint drips.
Create a zigzag pattern with the roller and then go over the same area using straight, controlled strokes to even out the paint.
When you move onto a new section of the ceiling, always remember to overlap the edges of the next section to keep each section blended perfectly and avoid any visible lines.
Once you’ve applied the first coat, give it time to dry and apply a second one if needed.
If you follow these few simple steps, you’ll be able to get the job done quickly and efficiently, just like a professional painter.