always a big project
but painting ceilings – especially larger, vaulted ceilings – is a particularly
large DIY task, requiring extra tools...and extra patience. Homeowners that
aren't prepared for their ceiling could make expensive or annoying mistakes.
That's why we're here to help out! Follow this quick guide to painting your
ceiling and avoiding troubling problems at the same time.
1. Patch and Prepare
First, make sure
your ceiling is ready. Sweep away any cobwebs, patch any cracks and wait for
the patch to fully cure, and remove any light fixture covers if necessary.
Because painting a ceiling can require many different positions and approaches,
it's usually better if you remove all furniture from the room, or paint before
putting furniture inside in the first place. If necessary, you may be able to
move some furniture to the center of the room and cover it.
2. Tape All Edges and Use Drop Cloths
If your walls are
a different color than your ceiling, you will want to use painting tape along
all the edges of your ceiling to help protect lower surfaces. Likewise, use
tape on ceiling fixtures that you don't want to get
covered in paint
. Drop clothes – we prefer canvas, but
sheets can also work – are also important to protect your floors. Drips will
happen, so wear suitable clothing as well.
3. Start Slow and Steady
Don't rush this
process. Using rollers and an extender is a great way to begin, but it doesn't
mean you can rush through the process. Practice a little first so that you get
a feel for how the
much pressure to apply, where you're going to need a ladder, and so on.
4. Practice Good Rolling Techniques
Wet your roller,
dip it in the paint pan, and carefully begin rolling. Use one to two inches of
overlap no matter where you are painting – when you are overlapping wet paint,
it's much less likely to create marks. Back roll on occasion if the paint needs
to be blended, but when possible roll in just one direction from one part of
the room to another. Most painters recommend rolling toward yourself.
5. Paint in Small Sections
Don't roll and
just keep going and going. Roll paint in small sections and move on instead.
This is safe and better for your back, and leads to better painting results,
too. Remember, perfectly straight lines aren't required, and may even dry
poorly, so don't be afraid to divide up sections however you need to.
6. Wait and See If You Need a Second Coat
Don't put your
equipment away just yet. Give the paint time to dry and see how it looks,
preferably both with and without the lights on. Give it another coat if
additional help with your painting project – or maybe you have specific
questions about how to paint a particular part of your home?
Contact Tar Heel Painters today
! We can help you figure out the best
approach, and offer you professional painting services for all kinds of common