Even if you like painting, you might not want to paint your ceiling. It can hurt your back, tire out your arms and be a literal pain in the neck. The kitchen and bathrooms can be especially tricky because of the effect the moisture can have. Here are some tips to make sure you know what to do when it is time to paint the ceiling.
Pick The Colour
Most people pick white ceilings, but the features of your room might make other colours a more suitable choice. If you want to make rooms with high ceilings feel more intimate, consider painting them a darker shade.
Use A Work Platform
To help reduce the strain on your neck, arms and back, try getting a work platform. It will help you be closer to the ceiling and make painting a ceiling that much easier. Ladders can work, but you will continuously be climbing up and down. Extension poles can also be helpful, but they put you far away from the surface you are painting and require extra muscle. Although, you may still need some sort of extension even on a work platform.
Prepare The Room and Ceiling
Always paint your ceilings before your walls. Ceiling paint can drip on walls, which you don’t want to happen after you have just painted the walls. Unlike when you paint your walls, prepping to paint a ceiling means everything in the room must be covered to protect against splatter and paint drips. When you start with your ceiling, the entire room will be protected throughout your painting project.
Paint rollers can’t reach into the tight corners between your ceiling and walls, which is why you’ll need to “cut in” the edges of the ceiling using a brush. Be sure to use a trim brush that is 2 to 2.5 inches in width, with the bristles tapered to one end. Even once you have taped the walls, a clean cut line takes time to achieve.
Roll On Your Paint
Use a low-nap roller if your ceiling has no texture. If your ceiling was finished with stucco, use a half to three-fourths of an inch nap roller depending on the depth of your stucco.
Pour the paint into the roller tray no higher than the washboard part. Doing so helps to avoid submerging the entire roller into the paint. Not only does that put too much paint on the roller, but it also puts it on the ends where it can drip. Roll back and forth in straight lines while overlapping each line, and try to distribute the paint evenly in the section you are painting. It is essential to roll the paint slowly because the faster you go, the more splatter you will create.
After the first coat dries, check carefully for any issues like drops that dried or areas that you missed. If you see any, you will need a second coat if not, you are done!
To make sure your ceiling is painted with a clean, smooth and professional look, call Demiri Painting & Decorating. We are painting pros, which means we can get the job done quickly and thoroughly so you can spend your free time doing more exciting things. Call us today for an estimate.