Painting your home is 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 extended roller behaves, how 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 necessary.
Looking for 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 projects.