When homeowners think of painting their ceilings, images of splattered paint and matted hair come to mind. Yet, with the right tools and the necessary steps, making over that space above your head does not have to mean you will be losing yours. A ceiling paint job can easily be done.
Use the Right Tools:
Most importantly, you ought to invest in a quality paint roller as this will save you time and the extra effort. Look for models with an extendable handle to help you reach those higher spaces. The paint roller should come with a paint bucket, one that has both deep and shallow wells. You ought to also check to see if your ceiling is a textured or smooth drywall.
Paint roller covers, also called paint roller naps, are the fibers that cover the paint rollers and absorb the paint. Ceilings that are textured, often referred to as ‘popcorn’ ceilings, require a thick-nap roller. On the off chance that your ceiling is smooth, you are better suited with a short-nap roller. You will also need a hand paintbrush and a ladder, for your cut-in position.
Prep the Room and Ceiling:
When prepping to House to paint ceilings, you have to prepare the room and its walls. Make sure to remove any curtains or lighting fixtures. The last thing you want is to make a mistake that might have been avoided, for example the paint ruining something valuable in the room. Much the same as with any other paint jobs, remove all large furniture from the area, or cover it with drop materials or old newspapers to protect against paint splatter. Inspect the ceiling and surrounding wall to make sure they are clean and free of cracks. Residue or wipe down very daintily grimy areas. On the off chance that your ceiling paint is a different tone from the wall paint, snappy release painter’s tape ought to be placed along the line where the wall meets the ceiling. This will ensure a clean and professional looking line between the two different tones.
Cutting-In the Ceiling:
Cut-in lines are areas in the ceiling along the edges of the walls, along the trim or crown molding, around light fixtures that cannot be removed and in sharp corners that need extra attention. Cutting-in basically means that you are painting around the perimeter of the room first, before moving inward towards the ceiling. Use the smaller hand paintbrush and make small strokes on the ceiling from the wall to the center of the room, in an inward motion. This method will ensure that your lines are clean and clear. However, on the off chance that your walls are of the same tone, less attention needs to be given when painting the ceiling.
Painting the Ceiling:
In the event that the cut-in lines are still fresh, you may begin to coat the rest of the ceiling first. Ensure that there is enough paint in the paint tray before you begin. Start by dipping the roller in the deep part of the tray, and then rolling it back and forth on the shallower part to remove any excess paint.
When painting the ceiling, use a W pattern to zigzag your way across a large area. Ensure that the strokes are uniform in all directions. Continue to fill in the entire area using this method. Once the paint is dry, any touch ups or perhaps a second coat, if necessary, can easily be applied the same way.