I hope you had a great weekend, and that your Monday is starting off on a good note!
As you may know already, we’ve been incredibly busy this past month finishing up lots of projects on the house. It’s been very tiring, but at the same time we are so happy all of our hard work is paying off! 🙂
One of the projects in our house we have been putting off (Try two years of procrastination – Seriously) has been painting our ceiling. Our ceiling had paint splatters, dirt, and an odd discolouration above our mantel from where we took down a built-in wall unit that the previous owners had. Lots to cover up, for sure.
Yesterday we FINALLY got the ceiling painted and we are SO happy that it’s finally over with. Of course, I took a few photos along the way to put together an easy-to-follow tutorial to teach you how to paint your ceiling. 😉
For this project you will need:
Ceiling paint (More on that in a moment)
A paint roller and rolls
The first thing you want to determine is the type of ceilings you have. This tutorial is going to cover drywalled ceilings. Some ceiling such as ‘popcorn’ require spray treatments.
Take some time to remove anything that can be easily moved from the room. It’s better to be safe than sorry, as painting ceilings most always ends in some paint being splattered. Anything else that cannot be moved you should cover up with drop cloths/sheets to protect from any mishaps. If paint isn’t easily removed from your floor, you’ll want to place some drop cloths there as well.
Prep. If your ceilings are in particularly bad shape, you may need to do some skim coating and repairs. If they are overly dirty or covered in cobwebs, give them a good clean-up.
Use painters tape to tape the area of wall beneath your ceiling to protect it from brush strokes and bleeding. Take your time with this and try to get as close as you can to the edge as possible.
Consider priming your ceiling first, priming will help block stains and help you to use less paint. A stain-blocking primer is best for this.
Consider what the room is used for, what colour you want your ceiling, and the type of finish you prefer. It helps to consult your paint experts at your paint supply store.
In a high-moisture area such as a bathroom, you want to make sure you use a high-quality moisture resisting paint. For the ceilings in our home that needed painted, we used a high quality moisture-resisting paint that was great for bathrooms and kitchens, but was also in a flat finish, which is ideal for hiding imperfections.
For the actual painting I highly recommend you wear safety glasses so paint doesn’t drip or splatter into your eyes.
Using a paint brush, paint around the edges of your ceiling where your tape meets. You want to make sure you get any areas that the roller cannot reach, this also helps prevent your roller from getting too close and bumping the walls. You may need a ladder for this part. 🙂
Once you are finished painting the perimeter of the room, fill your tray with your paint and attach your roller to your broom handle (Or paint handle – whatever you want to call it!) and start painting your ceiling. The best technique for this is going in zig-zag motions down each section of the ceiling until the area is covered. Don’t worry about it looking a bit messy! You’ll even everything out in the next step. 🙂
Go over the wet paint with your roller in straight, even lines to help smooth out the appearance of the wet paint.
When it’s dry and your ceilings are completely covered, you can remove your tape and put your room back together!
I hope this tutorial helps you to easily tackle your painting project! Let me know if you know any other helpful tips I should add. 🙂
Have a fantastic week!