Painting your ceiling yourself may seem like a daunting task. And if not done properly, you’ll end up doubling your work by having to re-do it. However, if you arm yourself with the right tools and follow the below tips, you’ll be in good shape:
Survey: First assess your ceiling to find out measurements, height, and most importantly, the type of surface. If you have textured ceilings, different tools will be required to complete the job.
Gather Materials: The most important component of painting your ceiling will be your paint roller. A paint roller with an extendable handle is highly recommended, as you will be able to avoid using a ladder or scaffolding. This will not only save you time but also money. For textured ceilings, a heavy duty or thick roller will be necessary in order to paint over any uneven surfaces.
Preparation: Remove any furniture from the room beforehand; however, if you have no place to temporarily store furniture, gathering your furniture on one side of the room and then covering it with a cloth or tarp will do the trick. Next, before application of the first coat, you’ll need to prime. Also, make sure no one (such as children or pets) will be able to enter the room at any time during this process, and take off your wedding rings and other jewelry to avoid damage.
Cut-In: Before starting the actual painting, take a paintbrush and apply a three inch wide strip around the entire perimeter, typically directly where the wall meets the ceiling.
Paint: Time to begin the actual painting. If you’ve painted any type of wall before, this should be quite familiar. Apply the paint in small areas at a time, usually patches of about three or four square feet. To fill in the rest of the ceiling, use zig-zag patterns with your roller, creating M’s or W’s for best coverage.
With a few days and some patience, your ceiling will dry and you can determine whether another coat is necessary. If you simply don’t have the time or patience to paint your ceiling yourself, then hire a professional painter like Alpine Painters to get the job done right.