In looking to update the look of your home library, there are so many places that you are going to want to consider, but if the ceiling is not one of them you should probably think again.
This is especially the case if it has been a number of years since your ceiling was painted – and though this may not be something that is well known, it’s actually important to occasionally repaint your ceiling if you want to have it keep looking good.
Though it might seem to be one of the most obvious things that a person would do when they’re looking to paint their library ceiling, you’d be surprised at how many people will just look up at the ceiling and say that there’s no need to cover the books because the ceiling is being painted and not the walls.
The issue comes when you are painting your ceiling and you have the paint that drips down, and as much as we might want to hope that paint would only drip exactly straight down this is never going to be the case and more often than not you are going to wind up with paint all over the place — which is why you have to make sure to cover areas where you’d not even expect to get, such as your books on the shelves and even the light switches.
Speaking of the light switches, it’s a lot easier to remove the light switch covers and the covers for the electrical outlets than to try to protect them in another way or to just hope that paint doesn’t get on them.
Once you’ve successfully removed all of the covers, you’re going to want to protect what is left with a bit of painter’s tape – this will also keep you safer than just leaving these exposed.
There are of course quite a few kinds of paint that you can use in the painting of your library ceiling but as you might imagine, they’re not all going to work equally well.
Of course, you will want to start with making use of paint that is meant for the interior of your home but more specifically it’s important to think about using paint that is flat and less prone to dripping.
Even though every paint is going to drip a little (and certainly this is the case when the surface being painted is the ceiling as gravity tends to do its… thing) it’s better to make use of a paint that has less dripping associated with it.
You’re going to want to clean the surface being painted thoroughly – because even though it is only the ceiling being painted, you nevertheless should not think about trying to paint over a dirty surface.
This would be quite a considerable mistake, as the act of painting your ceiling is not the end all that will cover over any dirt or grime that happens to be there.
Rather, you need to make the time to fully clean the ceiling and then allow time for your ceiling to fully clean – one of the worst things that you can do is to try to paint over a wet surface or even to try to apply primer to a wet surface as this will lead to painting problems after everything has settled and finished drying.