How to Paint a Ceiling Like a Pro
A new coat of paint can work wonders for the visual appeal of an interior space. This is one of the easiest and most affordable home upgrades, but there are still a couple of important things to keep an eye on. Unlike wall painting, the task involves elevation and contortion. What is more, the whole process can be rather time-consuming due to details that surround the painting, such as prepping the surface and emptying the room beforehand. So, to come out on top, it is best to take lessons from seasoned pros able to make short work of any ceiling.
To set the stage for painting, remove all furniture from the room. This will facilitate the free flow of traffic while you go about painting. If you cannot move some stuff, use drop cloths to protect them from paint splatters and mishaps. In case you are painting only the ceiling, you also have to cover areas where the walls meet the ceiling with painter’s tape. Do the same with mouldings that adorn ceiling edges. As for those who are painting the whole room, they should always start with the ceiling.
In any event, the prep stage is essential for project success. To kick it off, apply a coat of primer. It will provide a stain barrier and potentially enable you to use only one coat of paint to finish the project. Also, a stain-blocking primer is effective in covering flaws such as roof leaks, tobacco smoke marks and other stains. One of the most commonly used products is a spray can of pigmented shellac. At this point, you may also inspect the ceiling for bumps and crud that tend to emerge over time. Try sanding with a drywall sanding paper to deal with them.
Get it rolling
Next, it is time to tool up for painting. Here is what you need in order to smoothly tackle your tired ceiling surface: paint, drop cloth, primer, roller, painter’s tape, extension pole, roller tray, sponge and a stepladder. Do not skimp on the main materials for the job. Seek special ceiling paint that is easy to apply and dries quickly in order to witness pro results. Bear in mind that if you need to perform some of the aforementioned tasks such as sanding, additional equipment is required.
Once that is sorted out, the actual painting work can commence. Get on the stepladder and paint the cut-line along the edges of the ceiling with a trim brush. You want to get a smooth and consistent layer of paint on the ceiling, which is to say you have to mind the technique. While the line is still wet, you can proceed to paint the ceiling with a roller. That way, the lines will be less visible. The same goes for the paint you apply to different sections of the ceiling.
As for using the roller properly, you need to roll it over the tray until the nap is fully covered. Avoid submerging the roller. Instead, glide it gently back and forth to prevent any drips. After that, you can attach the extension pole. Use zigzag movement to create square shapes on the ceiling. Even out the paint with straight, controlled strokes. Again, pay close attention to the lines that the edge of the roller leaves. Feather them to make them less visible.
When the paint dries, you have either arrived at the finish line or need to repeat the whole process again. This depends on the paint you chose and the size and type of the ceiling surface. Upon applying the last stroke, clean your tools – warm water and soap do the trick just fine. Finally, you can sit back, relax, and marvel at the fruits of your labour. Your home should be infused with more character and appeal now.
With flying colours
Ceilings have a profound impact on the home’s ambiance, lighting, and outlook. Painting them is not rocket science, but not a task you should jump into without any legwork. First, get familiar with prep and painting techniques professionals use. Employ the right tools of the trade and leave enough time in your schedule to work without pressure. It is crucial to nail the tasks in the prep stage for the rest to feel like a breeze. Gently roll your way around the ceiling and finish your project to your utmost satisfaction.
By Lillian Connors