The Genius Tip Your Back And Neck Will Thank Your For When Painting Your Ceiling

When you're in full-on house painting mode, chances are you're not just painting a wall or two but you've got one or more ceilings that also need a fresh coat of paint. For many reasons, ceilings need extra care and present different challenges than walls. For instance, you'll need to handle painting around ceiling light fixtures carefully. Additionally, in general, you'll want to work in a way that saves your back and neck from an excessive amount of strain, and the best way to do this is by rolling paint onto your ceiling in a specific way.

Even if you're an experienced DIY painter, there's always something new to learn. While many folks are accustomed to rolling the paint roller in front of and behind them, there's a better method that will cover the ceiling just as quickly. The genius tip for your ceiling painting pleasure is this: keep the roller in front of you at all times, and angle it so you're sweeping on the paint from left to right, not front to back. This will save you from lots of unnecessary pain and still get the job done effectively.

You don't need any special equipment, just the standard items

As you're getting ready to paint, make sure you've got everything together — mixed paint, a long-handled roller (or a ladder and regular-sized roller), a paint tray, painter's tape to protect the tops of the walls, and a large plastic sheet or tarp to protect the floor. You can also place cut onions in the room's corners to neutralize paint vapors. Finally, ensure you remove or cover your furniture so that it doesn't get splattered with paint and ruined. 

As you sweep the roller from left to right instead of front to back, your head will still be looking upwards but at a more tolerable angle than awkwardly stretching backward to see behind you. Further, since the roller is slightly in front of you instead of directly overhead, less paint will drip onto your face. Each time you need to replenish your roller with more paint, consider taking the opportunity to drop your head forward, chin to chest, and rest in a counter stretch for at least 15 seconds. This will also significantly lessen the strain and may save your neck and back from painful aches once the job is done.