How To Paint Your Ceiling

How To Paint Your Ceiling - Easy DIY Tutorial

Hey everyone!

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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰

For this project you will need:

How To Paint Your Ceiling - Easy DIY Tutorial

Ceiling paint (More on that in a moment)
A paint roller and rolls
Paint brush
Drop cloths
Painters tape
Safety glasses
“Broom” handle

Step 1)

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.

Step 2)

How To Paint Your Ceiling - Easy DIY Tutorial

How To Paint Your Ceiling - Easy DIY Tutorial

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.

Step 3)

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.

Step 4)

How To Paint Your Ceiling - Easy DIY Tutorial

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.

Step 5)

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.

Step 6)

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.

Step 7)

How To Paint Your Ceiling - Easy DIY Tutorial

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. πŸ™‚

Step 8)

How To Paint Your Ceiling - Easy DIY Tutorial

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. πŸ™‚

Step 9)

How To Paint Your Ceiling - Easy DIY Tutorial

Go over the wet paint with your roller in straight, even lines to help smooth out the appearance of the wet paint.

Step 10)

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. πŸ™‚

Have a fantastic week!


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  1. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    I believe these directions to be perfect. Stain blocking primer is my way to go if I am going to do all that upside down painting, cause I want to get it over and done with less work. lol

    • Amen to that, Sheryll! πŸ™‚ It’s a tedious job, but as long as you don’t cut corners it should go smoothly.

  2. These are great instructions. I’m in the process of repainting our house room by room. I was hoping you had a few extra tips I haven’t thought of. I want to find some kind of sticky plastic to put down over carpet that I can walk on without it wrinkling.

    Shannon ~

    • I hope you were able to find those extra tips here!
      As for drop cloths, I would just go for large plastic ones and use heavy objects to hold down the edges – tape would probably stick for carpet for about a minute before tearing off.
      Good luck with your projects!

  3. Chelisa Treadway says:

    Wonderful instructions! What color did you use for your ceiling? I’m considering painting our ceilings but they’re very tall I want to get them right the first time lol!

    • I just used the white that came in the can. πŸ™‚ I am a fan of some painted ceilings, but with all that work I just wanted to get it right the first time myself πŸ˜‰

  4. Nancy Glynn says:

    Thank you for this step-by-step tutorial. I need all the help I can get! I have these instructions in a Word document and plan to start in the next day or 2 following the steps you have provided. I do have one tip I plan to follow that is not here. I plan to use the sticky Glad food wrap instead of painter’s tape. There is a high likelihood it will be left on the wall longer than recommended for the painter’s tape. I will buy one roll and cut it in thirds. One roll of the food wrap should do the entire room, maybe even some left over. It is a small room. I plan on cutting the roll in thirds but I may end up just cutting it in half if I think that will benefit me and my paint brush strokes. I have a little loss of coordination at times and a larger piece of “tape” may also be beneficial to me right now.

  5. Excellent blog post. I definitely appreciate this site.
    Keep writing!

  6. All those steps are good, however I had other problems I want to share. First, we had blotchy painting after using Behr paint for ceiling (twice). We thought maybe I am doing it slow, then my husband, physically very fit guy, did it fast with the same result, blotchy where it was overlapping. Next project we tried with regular white flat paint for walls, perfect. In the kitchen, not so much moisture as in the bathroom, and because satin paint to me looks old fashioned I used eggshell white for walls (over primed ceiling), perfect from the first time. In conclusion, if you had trouble with some paint, just move on to other paint.

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