ceiling painting prep

How To Prepare For Painting A Ceiling

When decorating and choosing the paint for a room, it is very common that we forget about the ceiling. It actually covers an entire large space in the room, so it can completely change the décor and energy of the room.

If you are a handyman who prefers to do things yourself at home instead of hiring a professional, sooner or later you will surely have to paint the ceiling of any room. Take note and you will see that it is not very complicated! I’m sure you’ll even have a good time.

One of the ways to renew the décor is by painting walls or ceilings, which will allow us to give a new touch to any room without spending money on new furniture or decorative elements. Today I would like to focus on painting the ceiling and how we should do it to make it look really good.

When painting the ceiling we can use the same type of paint for walls, and even the same if we are also going to paint them unless we want different colors. What we must be clear is that the tools will not be the same, so we will have to buy specific ones to be able to do it well.

What should I take into account when painting the ceiling?

Painting the ceiling is more complicated than painting the walls, and although many people decide to leave it for the latter for that reason, it is actually more advisable to do it first. 

The explanation is very simple, and it is that painting the ceiling can spill paint on the walls, so if we have already painted them before, we will have to paint them again.

You should cover the floor with plastic or newspaper, so the dripping paint will not stain the floor. It is advisable that it is a material that allows you to move well to paint without causing you many inconveniences that the floor is covered. It is not necessary to cover the whole room, you can do it by parts as you paint.

Before you start painting the ceiling, you should check if it has any flaws, such as dampness, cracks, bumps, chipping, old paint, etc. Repair everything that is necessary so that the painting is perfect. When the ceiling is very deteriorated, it is recommended to pickle the damaged enamels, and also to wash and repair the cracks well.

What tools do I need?

It is very important that the tools you are going to work with are suitable for painting the ceiling since not all of them are valid for the same surfaces or shapes. Use a brush that works well in all corners and allows the paint to spread well.

You can start with a small round brush, about 5-10 cm wide, which will serve to paint those corners that are not very accessible. As for the roller, choose one according to the paint and surface to be covered.

You will also need a deep container, such as a basin, which is large enough so that you can mix the paint without running out of space. The ceiling usually takes a lot of paint, so you will probably have to make several mixtures as you finish one, so the paint will always be fresh and freshly mixed. The basin should have a squeegee so you can squeeze out the paint before lifting the roller so it doesn’t drip too much.

Empty the room

Another very interesting tip to keep in mind when painting the ceiling is that it is recommended to empty the room and leave only the paint cans, the ladder, the tools and the materials to cover the floor. 

If you leave the furniture inside it will be a mess because you will have to move them around so that they do not stain and you can work comfortably. If for any reason you are not going to take them out of the room, cover them with plastic so that they can be stained if paint gets on them.

What is the process?

The step-by-step process for painting the ceiling is very simple, and if you follow the process exactly and have a little bit of skill, you will achieve excellent results. Let’s see the steps you should follow:

Start painting the cornices with the brush, going over the entire perimeter that cannot be painted with the roller. When you go with the roller, start from the corner of the wall of the door and paint towards the window, always moving in that direction so as not to go over the same surface again.

When you have passed all the first layer, let it dry completely before applying the second one, in this case in the opposite direction, that is, from the window to the door. This will make the result spectacular and the ceiling will look much brighter and eye-catching.

Do you know any other trick to paint the ceiling effectively? Do not hesitate and share your experiences with us!