How To Easily Paint Your Ceiling

Painting your ceiling doesn't have to be hard. While it will take some prep work to get the best outcome, it will be worth it in the long run. Choosing the color of your ceiling is the most important step. White is the most common color chosen for ceilings because it reflects light and makes the room appear larger. Although choosing a color a few shades darker than the walls creates contrast and depth, according to Architectural Digest.

Before priming and painting your ceiling, you will need to spackle any cracks and clean your ceiling. To do this, use a broom to brush off any dust or spiderwebs in the corners. If you don't clean your ceiling, the paint won't be able to adhere properly. If there are any stains from things like water leaks, you will need to use a special stain-blocking primer, so the stain doesn't seep through. When priming, you may need to do multiple coats depending on if you're going from a darker to a lighter color. To get the proper coverage, Architectural Digest suggests that you do two coats of primer and two coats of paint.

Take your time

Once you've done all your prep work, it's time to start painting. Moving as much furniture out of the room is best; otherwise, putting a plastic drop cloth over the furniture and floors will protect them from paint splatters. Even if you are being careful, it's important to protect your things just in case. It's easier to prevent the paint from staining carpet or wood floors than to remove it after drying.

It's recommended to use a 3/8 inch roller for ceilings and, most importantly, to move slowly. Jay Walker, an NYC-based TaskRabbit, explained to Architectural Digest that you should roll the paint on slower than with a wall. To prevent drips while you're lifting the paint roller to the ceiling, you can rotate the roller from the handle as you lift it up. After you've painted your ceiling, you should also go back to any spots that have excess wet paint and roll it in a different direction, so your ceiling doesn't dry with any texture.