inside a house are more challenging to paint than the ceiling, especially in a
home with vaulted or particularly high ceilings that will take extra work and
DIY paint projects
often run into trouble when it comes
to reaching the ceiling, but it can be done! The key is proper preparation and
taking plenty of time to ensure the job is done well – and safely. These are
the best tips to help you get started!
1. Gather the Right Equipment
For low ceilings,
an extension handle for your roller may be all you need. Since the ceiling
tends to be a particularly large surface, make sure you have a pack of rollers
so that you can replace them if necessary. For taller or more complicated
ceilings, you will need a ladder as well, with the right height to easily reach
all your ceiling surfaces. Since it’s possible to drip on yourself, you should
also wear protective clothing – and a hat with a brim.
2. Prepare the Surface First
Ceilings can get
dusty and may have hard-to-notice cobwebs, too. Start with a thorough cleaning
to prepare the surface – otherwise, the paint may not adhere properly. Pay
special attention to the corners where dust can really build up. Then get ready
to manage any accidental drips: Move all of the furniture out of the room, and
cover the entire floor with tarps or clothes to help catch any accidents.
3. Tape the Ceiling Edges
or a similar
tape to tape around any ceiling fixtures (fan bases, light sockets, etc.) so
you can safely paint around these objects without worrying about streaks. If
the ceiling is a different color than the walls around it, you will need tape
all around the edges as well.
4. Go Slowly in Small Sections
the large ceiling areas with the
roller. Divide the ceiling into small sections mentally, and take each section
at a time. Go slowly! Aim for a steady, slow roll, and don’t worry about how
long it takes. After you finish the large areas, you can paint around any
fixtures or at the edges with a brush.
5. Take Breaks When You Need To
can be tiring
work! When your arms, legs, or head get tired, don’t be afraid to stop for a
while and take a break. Working with tired or weak muscles can only cause more
accidents (and even injuries).
6. Wait Before Putting Everything Away
It’s a good idea
to wait for the paint to start drying so you have a better idea of what it will
look like. Depending on the project, some ceilings may need an additional coat
of paint to get the appearance you really want. Keep all of your equipment on
hand in case you want to apply that second coat.
Is the ceiling
still looking like too much work? If you need help,
give us a call
! Our professionals can talk about
your plans and take care of your interior painting job with no problem!