It doesn’t often happen that a person enters a room in your home for the first time and immediately looks up, only to remark that you have a beautifully painted ceiling.
Of course, it’s entirely possible that if your ceiling was covered in paint that was half peeling off, bubbling, and otherwise unpleasant looking, the person might just say something.
Painting your ceiling isn’t the most exciting thing, but it periodically should be done.
Painting your ceiling might seem like it’s something that won’t take any time at all — after all, compared to painting the walls of a room, there’s only one side as opposed to three or four sides.
The truth is that painting the ceiling is a sizable project, and you shouldn’t think that it’s only going to take a couple of hours.
Ideally, you’re going to want to dedicate a weekend to the activity of painting your ceiling, or a few evenings spread out over time if you don’t have any free weekends — bear in mind that it will be a bit difficult to make use of the room having its ceiling painted while this process is ongoing. Hence, fewer days are better in this case.
Furniture is a major obstacle when it comes to painting your ceiling in more than one way in that it stops you from being able to access the ceiling properly, and it is a possibility that dripping paint will get onto the furniture, even if you take measures to protect it.
The best thing to do is to remove as much furniture from the room as possible, and if it is not possible — move that furniture to the center of the room and cover it with a heavy drop cloth.
Yes, a heavy drop cloth is the best thing in your arsenal to protect the floors as well as any objects that need to be covered and protected from dripping paint — and there’s always going to be dripping paint even if you are extra careful during the painting process.
The reason that this kind of protection is best is that lightweight protectors tend to move around while you are walking, even if you try your best to walk with care — and that just leads to things getting paint on them.
The best way you can protect your light switch covers, as well as your electrical outlet covers, is to remove them and then use painters tape to protect what you leave exposed.
As we have made it pretty clear from above, the paint will drip and that most likely means on you as well — so in addition to having on clothing you don’t mind getting messy (coveralls, etc.) it is wise to wear some kind of baseball-style cap as well as goggles to protect your eyes.
A ladder is the best way to reach the ceiling if you don’t have a long handle for your paint roller.
Some might suggest you can make your own scaffolding, but it is both more dangerous as well as a lot more challenging to move around the room.
You don’t need a fancy expensive handle to make your paint roller reach the ceiling — some have been able to take a simple mop handle and make use of it to extend the reach of their paint roller.
As long as the handle is sturdy, it will work well.
Though you might not think you need to sand, you should.
Sanding is an important part of the painting process as it gets the surface smooth and ready to be painted.
Stains do get on the ceiling — water stains and the like.
One of the best ways to get around having stains in your ceiling is to first paint with a stain covering primer before you apply the regular paint.
You can even tint the primer if you intend to paint the ceiling a different color — this is useful before painting the ceiling.