Ceilings are some of the most neglected areas in the house until they begin to crack, or a water leaking stains begin to stand out. Most of the average homeowners do not even remember if they need to refurbish their ceiling, until friends are coming over, or they are hosting a big party. Then suddenly, it is time to repaint the ceiling. But how do you paint a ceiling and get a professional finish.?
Before we get down to the job, it is important to get the right tools. Using a roller instead of a paintbrush will help you finish the job much more quickly. The roller allows you to apply more paint to the ceiling in less time. While using the roller cuts your time to complete the job, some skills are needed to ensure perfect results.
Choosing The Right Tools
The roller has two varieties, the standard roller, and the fillable roller. When using the standard roller, you must load it with the proper amount of paint.
On the other hand, the fillable roller will allow you to insert the paint into the roller, making much less trips to the paint can, and finish the job even quicker. This article will focus on how to paint ceilings with a standard roller, if you want to view a fillable roller and the benefits, check out our fillable roller kit here.
Hold the roller in such a way that it lies across the bottom of your index finger. Close your hand to grip the roller on its handle. To load the roller, dip in the paint and roll it forward and back until it absorbs the color up to its sleeve. There is too much paint on the roller if it drips. To squeeze off excess paint and prevent it from dripping, use a roller screen. The roller sleeve of your roller should depend on the type of paint that you will use. A good sleeve for using oil-based paint should be made of natural or synthetic fibers. The sleeve for water-based paint should be made from synthetic material. The other materials which you need for the task include primer, ceiling paint, paint screen, roller frame, roller extension pole, and plastic sheeting to cover the areas where you don’t want the paint to spill on.
Choosing the Right Paint
When thinking about how to paint ceilings, choosing the right paint is extremely important. There are many types of paint for the ceiling out there in the market. Choosing the right paint not only brightens up your ceiling but also completes the entire look of your house. Here are some tips for choosing the best ceiling paint.
If your ceiling is only eight-foot, consider choosing a ceiling shade that is lighter or cooler. Chances are the room feels already crampy and the ceiling low. Darker or warmer shades will leave the space feeling like a cave. Color paints will make the ceiling look like it is moving away from your use of white shades with blue undertones.
While this is an article about how to paint ceilings, when choosing the ceiling paint, you must consider the colors on the wall. You want to select a shade that is one or two shades lighter than the color on the wall.
If the ceiling is high, consider using warmer and darker shades. This will help to bring the ceiling closer and make the space feel less cold.
It is always important to consider your ceiling color when selecting the color schemes for your home.
Preparing The Room
Move all the furniture and other items in the room at the center of the room. Ensure you keep a good distance between the furniture at the center and the wall to get the space to move around while painting. Group smaller pieces of furniture together to form an aisle to ensure the ceiling is easily accessible while painting. Cover all the items and furniture at the center of the room with the plastic sheets to avoid the paint from spilling on them. Apply the primer on any leak stains or cracks on the ceiling. You can get the primers at your local store or hardware. Now that everything is prepped and wrapped up, you are ready to roll!
The Paint Job
Now we get to the part we have been waiting for, how to paint ceilings. Pour the ceiling paint in a five-gallon bucket and place the bucket where it is easily accessible. Connect the roller sleeve to the frame and add the extension pole of the roller. The extension pole should be long enough for you to reach your ceiling without straining your hands or back. Use the paint screen to remove excess paint from the roller.
Start with a cut line. The cut line is a strip of paint painted 2 inches from where the ceiling meets the wall. It acts as a border to make the rolling easy and manageable. Paint a W pattern and then go over it painting straight line strokes to fill the spaces left by the pattern and to even out the paint on the ceiling. Use the roller to paint the ceiling making sure that the paint is evenly distributed and all spaces on the ceiling are well covered with paint. Overloading the roller will result in beads at the edges after the end of each stroke. Use the paint screen to ensure that the roller is not overloaded.
Admire Your Ceiling
The room will be noticeably brighter once you finish painting. The upward glance towards the ceiling will leave you with a big smile.
The ceiling doesn’t have to be the annoying part of the house. When the ceiling is painted done well, it can be the center of attraction of your home. Today home owners are realizing that ceilings are some of the most captivating areas of their home. You do not have to limit yourself on the type of colors to use or which shades will do well. You can even let your imagination run wild and paint pictures or even themes on your ceiling if you have the artistic or creative streak in you. Remember to complement the ceiling colors with elegant curtains or floor carpets. Even adults enjoy captivating environments, make your room one through your ceiling.
How To Paint Ceilings Video
Sometimes it is very tricky to learn something new from words, especially something like how to paint ceilings. So to help you if you prefer to learn visually, we have included a video from youtube here.