Time Required: Over 1 day
Painting a ceiling? Invest in an extension pole, safety goggles and a painter's cap. And use ceiling — not wall — paint. It comes in a variety of colors, all specially formulated to:
- Diffuse light from lamps, windows and other sources of illumination
- Have a flat sheen so the ceiling will have an even appearance
- Offer better spatter resistance for overhead rolling
Prep the ceiling before painting. Remove any dust or grime, as this can make it virtually impossible for paint to adhere.
Mildew and water stains will bleed through even the best of paint, so it may be necessary to use a stain-blocking primer before painting. Oil-based primers work best for water stains while shellac-based primers are more effective against smoke or nicotine stains.
Finally, be aware of any cracks, marks or dents which may need to be smoothed out to prevent artificial light from being reflected off ceilings.
This guide highlights how to properly prep, take, paint and clean for painting your ceiling.
Tools & Materials
Begin rolling over the still-wet cut-in strip. Keeping a wet edge prevents overlap marks in the finished ceiling. Load the roller regularly and roll slowly. Back-roll to blend the paint.