Expert tips for painting your ceiling

paint ceilingWhen it comes to painting your house, one of the most difficult areas is painting the ceiling. This area is full of challenges, whether it is smooth or features a popcorn finish. Plus, it is more likely to drip paint down on you, or on the ground. This is why you need to take advantage of a few helpful tips that house painters use. All of this is going to help you complete your home improvement project and make sure your house looks as though professional house painters performed the task for you.

You first want to select the right tools for your painting. If you have a textured ceiling, you need a thick-nap roller as this is going to help provide full coverage over the craters and bumps in the ceiling. If you are painting a smooth ceiling, you need a shorter nap.

Make sure to remove as much of the furniture from the room as possible. Of course, this might not always be possible, so if not, cover everything remaining with drop cloths. If you can pick up canvas drop cloths these are the best, as it allows the paint to dry, instead of pooling on the plastic, plus it is not going to run on the canvas and you are able to reuse the drop cloths. Also, while you are prepping the room, use a quick-release painters tape and paint around the trim area to help prevent you from painting over the walls.

Before you paint, apply a stain-blocker primer. This is especially helpful if you or the previous tenant smoked inside of the house and stained the ceiling.

When you first start to paint, you want to apply a cut-in line. This is a line of paint about two or three strips in from the lowest corner. This gives you a focal point so you know where you are starting, plus it also helps you identify the difference between what you have painted and what you have not, as this is often rather difficult if you are painting a white over a white.

After the paint-in line, use your roller. Dip it into the deep portion of a paint tray and roll it back in order to squeeze out excess paint. This helps prevent drips. Also, paint in a zigzag motion, then go over this with straight strokes to even it out and apply a full coat.

Let the first coat of paint dry. Then check your work to make sure you can’t see any roller lines. If you do see lines, you will need to paint one more coat to even it all out. Let the paint dry and you are done!

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If you are not ready to tackle your ceilings, you can hire a pro. Download our free checklist to learn the right questions to ask a painter before beginning a project.

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