If you’re like most homeowners who are thinking about painting their ceilings, you’ve probably spent some time craning your neck and staring up at just how much ceiling space you have — wondering how to get it done? Don’t worry — we’ve got plenty of experience in painting ceilings, and just the right tips for people trying out their own DIY project.
Remove Furniture and Clear a Space
You really don’t want furniture in the room when you’re painting the ceiling — it just gets in the way! So the first step is to clear a space and clean up. Make sure your ceiling isn’t too dusty and doesn’t have any décor you need to remove before you start out.
Protect Your Floors and Edges
Tape drop cloths or canvas to the edges of your floor to make sure it’s protected from any wayward drips that might happen, no matter how careful you are. Using painters tape to line the edges of anything you don’t want to smear paint on — that includes walls that are a different color, ceiling fixtures for lights or fans, trim that reaches to the ceiling, and other materials. Don’t skimp on this step!
Divide the Ceiling Into Small Spaces
When mentally getting ready to paint, get used to dividing your ceiling into smaller spaces. You don’t need to paint one long line across the whole ceiling at a time: This method actually yields poor results. Instead, paint in large patches and progress naturally across the ceiling as you go.
It’s also hopeful to “cut in” the edges and corners of your space if you are using the same color for both your ceiling and your walls. Do this immediately before you start using your roller.
Choose the Right Rollers
Make sure you have lightweight roller cages that are easy to hold and use — your back will thank you! While some ceilings can be painted with a ladder, others will require a roller extender, so keep that in mind when you are buying supplies. Longer naps on a roller are used for rougher surfaces, so plan accordingly.
Use Proper Rolling Techniques
We already mentioned painting in small sections as you go. Paint by slowly drawing the roller toward you, applying equal pressure as you go. For the next strip, make sure there’s a little overlap with the wet paint, which can help prevent marks from showing up. You don’t have to make your painting lines perfectly straight! That can actually end up looking weird. Just take your time as you go.
Apply a Second Coat If Necessary
Ceiling paint may look quite different as it dries, especially taking into account sunlight and ceiling lights. Wait for the paint to dry and check how it looks under multiple conditions. Apply a second coat if you need to.
Is your ceiling painting project looking like a little too much to tackle? Let us help! The Painting Company can provide you with a free in-home quote so you can compare options. More information is always a good idea when starting a particularly large painting project, so contact us today and check out what services we offer.