Painting a room is the most fundamental part of decorating a home, and one of the most straight-forward DIY jobs you can undertake. Whether it’s your bedroom, hallway or kitchen, every room has one thing in common: it’s hard to reach the ceiling. While it may be tempting to leave the ceiling as the original colour and tell guests “it’s the accent wall”, at A Fancy Home we believe it’s better to just to learn how to paint a ceiling.
To learn how to paint a ceiling…
You Will Need:
- A large 3-inch paint brush
- A roller and pan (anything from 3/8″ to 1 1/4″ – bigger rollers for rougher surfaces)
- Masking tape
- Protective sheets
It’s worth getting a decent roller as the quality will directly affect the look of your final paint job. Rolling pans do work, but for the amateur DIY enthusiast, you are much better off with a rolling grid – you’re much less likely to kick this over while doing difficult bits of painting. Get yourself a 5-gallon bucket of paint with a rolling grid inside.
How to Paint a Ceiling
Step 1: Preparing the Room
Before you begin painting give the ceiling a good clean – this is essential to the final look of the job and must not be missed out. You will also need to clean up the room so there is nothing lying around and you will want to put down some covers that will catch any drips that may occur. Tie plastic bags around your lights to stop any paint from dripping onto them, and use masking tape to protect the wall edges and create firm lines (do around 4 inches of the ceiling all around the edges).
Step 2: Use a Paint Brush
Start by cutting in the corners of the ceiling using your brush. This means painting the ceiling with your brush but carefully at the edges making sure you do not touch the walls. Whilst cutting in like this you will need to re-dip your brush into the paint many times.
Do the same around any light fixtures that you have – give them 4 inches of cover.
Step 3: Time to Get Rolling!
Now to prepare for rolling. The best direction for you to roll is towards the main natural light source that is coming into the room, this will help to prevent shadows in the finished paint. If you have a textured ceiling then the rolling direction is not so important.
Initially, you should roll the paint on really thickly and then once you have the paint on you can then stretch it out better across the area you want to be covered; do this section by section.
For most ceilings, you will need to divide them up into a left and right side, and then you can start putting paint on one area for 3 ft or so, then another. Smooth it off and then keep moving around so that each area slowly gets more paint. Make sure that all your strokes overlap as much as possible. Always use the two step process of putting it on thickly and then smoothing it off afterwards.
Always push any excess paint towards the middle of the room. And you’ll be done in no time!
If you’re not too keen on the idea of learning how to paint a ceiling, fear not, we can help you hang wallpaper instead!