Ceiling Painting Tips

A Step by Step Guide

Painting is one of the easiest and most affordable home upgrades that you can do yourself in a short time. But tackling the ceiling can be a daunting endeavor, especially since it requires a bit of elevation and contortion. Building Inspectors come across all sorts of dodgy things and second rate painting is very common. Often after a roof leak is repaired, there may be stains that come through the ceiling paint. Ceilings are also often overlooked in the design process; something that just blends into the background, but with the right coloured tint, you can actually redefine the design and ambiance of the room. You can get free colour advice at most paint shops and hardware stores, or you can search online for free colour advice via one of the many interior decorator blogs that are out there.

If the ceiling paint looks clumpy and uneven, however, the room will look rough, especially when the lighting reflects it. Painting a ceiling is easy to mess up if you go into it unprepared. Check out this step-by-step guide on prep and techniques that will help you get the job done like a pro:

Step 1
Remove as much of the furniture from the room as possible, so it will be easier to maneuver through the space where you’ll be working. Clear the ceiling area as well of any dirt, debris or cobwebs. If you can’t move some furniture, cover them with drop cloths to protect against paint splatters and mishaps.

Step 2
Use quick-release painter’s tape (it’s usually blue or green, and marked as such), where the walls meet the ceiling and around any moldings that decorate its edges.  Apply the tape in short, overlapping strips, pressing down firmly to ensure a crisp line. This will prevent the paint from dripping down the wall.

Step 3
Apply a coat of primer. It is a great way to hide dark colors, block stains, and help ensure that your new paint job will last longer. Primer is also a must when painting exposed woodwork.

Step 4
Now you’re ready to begin painting. Stir your paint and  pour into a roller tray if you want to use a roller, but consider using a small bowl if you will be painting with a brush. Get on a stepladder and paint a 2-3 inch cut-line along the ceiling edge. While the cut-line is still wet, start painting the ceiling with the roller. This will help reduce any visible lines.

When painting, be sure to keep a wet edge and paint from dry to wet. This minimizes brush strokes and roller marks. In addition, don’t stretch your paint so you don’t end up with a patchy paint job. Depending on paint type and coverage you may need to repeat the process until you get an even finish. Make sure you wait at least 2 hours before applying a second coat.

There you have it! Sit back, let the paint dry completely, and enjoy the new look and feel of your room. Keep in mind that the success of any DIY project comes down to the depth of your planning. Picture what you want to achieve and follow your plan to get it done.

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