How to Paint Your Ceiling
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
When it comes to painting the house, painting a wall is a simple enough task to execute for most people. One area many folks can struggle with however is how to go about painting a ceiling. Gravity is working against the paint and it is often awkward going about finding the best practice to paint your walls comfortably and quickly. Below we will go over a few easy steps to make sure your ceilings look great.
Prepare Your Room
Let’s just get this out of the way: paint will drip on and around you when you paint a ceiling. Gravity is not your friend in this instance. Having said that, what is the best way to prep a room that needs its ceiling painted? Two things should be done. Remove as much furniture and items from the room as possible, and then cover the floors and any remaining items with plastic drop cloths. The more room you have to move, the quicker and more comfortable you can paint. The fewer items you have to worry getting interior paint on, the less you have to worry about.
Unless you are fortunate enough to be painting the walls and ceiling the same color, you will want to apply blue painter’s tape to where the edges of the walls and the ceilings meet. While tape may not be necessary for a professional painting contractor, it is highly recommended to utilize such tape if you are a novice or “do-it-yourself” painter. While it does take time to apply, you’ll be thankful for one less thing to worry about when it comes time for your next steps.
Prime and Paint
The prior steps have led us here; actually applying paint to your ceiling. Most would suggest to first prime the ceiling before you apply your actual paint. The primer will assure a strong bond for the paint (since gravity is working against your paint you want all the adherence you can get), and increase the overall durability of the paint job. Moving onto paint, while you are welcome to any color you choose, most professionals would suggest a flat white finish for your ceiling. A flat white finish reflects light to help brighten a room, and the color gives a sense of open space. For both your primer and your paint, utilize the standard paint roller. Don’t overcompensate on the telescoping pole of the roller, get only the height necessary for your ceiling. Using a roller can become tiring after awhile and the less weight you have to hold up, the happier your arms will be.
If you follow the steps above, you should be able to paint your ceiling with little trouble. If you have additional questions or you plan on needing to tackle additional home painting projects, we would love to be of service. Our paint contractors can help make your painting ideas a reality. Contact Lakeside Painting online, or reach us by phone at (800) 642-9445 for a free consultation today.
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