While wall painting is often an easy DIY task for homeowners, the height and overhead work make ceiling painting trickier and a pain in the neck. 

If the thought of painting your ceiling feels daunting, you are in the right place. We provide these expert tips to ensure your ceiling painting project is hitch-free, just like a pro.

Prepare the ceiling for painting

We cannot overemphasize the importance of preparing your interior surfaces before painting for the best outcome. First, remove dust and cobwebs, and then address issues such as stains, peeling paint, and leaks. Use a sanding pole to sand the ceiling for an even surface, and finally, apply a coat of primer. 

Choose the right paint and brushes 

If you want the best result for your ceiling, we recommend choosing a high-quality paint with a flat finish over a glossy one. 

For the tools, invest in a paint roller with an extension pole and an angled brush for painting the corners between the walls and ceiling. You will also need drop cloths or plastic sheeting to protect the furniture and flooring from splatters. 

Ceiling before walls

Are you painting the entire room? When painting the walls and ceiling, the rule of thumb is to paint the ceiling first. This way, you can avoid accidental splatters and won’t have to touch up the walls later. 

Cut in the ceiling

For a neat paint job, start by cutting in around the edges of the ceilings with a paintbrush. Beginning in a corner, cut in about 2 or 3 feet along a wall and roll that section while the cut line is still wet to reduce visible brush marks. Then, work your way around the room. 

Paint the main ceiling 

Load the roller by filling the tray with paint and gently gliding the roller over the paint until the nap is covered. Then, attach an extension pole to apply the first coat. Working in small sections, roll on the paint and go over the same area in controlled strokes for a smooth, even finish. 

Apply a second coat

If needed, apply a second coat of paint. Allow the first coat to dry completely, according to the paint’s manufacturer, before doing so. Now, you can begin cleaning your tools and disposing of used drop clothes. 

Achieve a beautifully painted ceiling that enhances the look of your space 

Painting your ceiling can be a real pain. But you can tackle it with spectacular results by following the tips above. If you need professional help or have questions, contact us today.