Well, what a difference a gallon of paint and a few hours makes!
As you can see, I was so excited about getting this completed, I snapped pics while the paint was still wet.
But no matter… it covered fabulously.
And look how much brighter and softer the other colours look!
I realize painting a ceiling is a pretty standard thing, but I thought I’d share some of my best painting gear and tips regardless, in case there’s an aha moment or two in it for you.
I don’t know about you, but I love digging into the whys on what people use and do. I always learn at least one valuable tip, and that makes my read worthwhile every time.
What I use for painting a ceiling (the below contains some Amazon affiliate links)
good quality ceiling paint
paint tray and liner
broom handle or roller extender
old sheet drop cloth
This type of stepladder is the bomb!
I borrowed a good friend’s for a number of years, but when I realized it was officially living at my house (sorry Dan!), I vowed to be on the lookout for my own.
I love this ladder, because you can actually stand comfortably on it without worrying about balancing on a rung. And the handle is so handy to help steady yourself. Two features you don’t get with a regular ladder. I feel they are safer than a regular stepladder myself, especially if balancing is an issue.
These are also super lightweight, and collapse like a dream. Treat yourself, and put this one on your must get list. They are so nice for changing out lightbulbs too!
Who else votes for the good ‘ol sheet as a drop cloth? I love 100% cotton vintage ones, because they wear like metal, and have more body to them.
I find sheets the best, because they are large enough to cover something only once, yet compact enough to crumple into the tightest spots.
I wash them every so often, but only after the paint has completely dried on them.
Small container with brush for cutting in
When I use to work with a faux painting artist, his #1 rule was to always pour paint OUT of a can into something else, so you don’t contaminate the gallon, nor muck up the rim.
All true, but my #1 reason for pouring some paint into a smaller container is so I can climb up and down the ladder easier, and move around quicker.
I have purchased expensive, telescoping handles before for rollers. But they have always at some point broken.
I personally don’t like washing out rollers and brushes. So I avoid or delay the task where I can.
Such was the case with this roller. I knew I wanted to belt out the ceiling over 2 days, so I didn’t bother washing out the roller. Rather, plastic wrap tightly sealed around the roller part had it working perfectly the next day.
But there is a caveat when using plastic wrap. The nap compact. This roller had a thicker pile for ceiling painting. If you don’t wash the roller in between coats, you kind of loose that special quality, and the roller acts more like a regular one.
I’d still rather risk a few drips than wash out a roller though! 🙂
I also don’t always wash out the rollers once a larger project is complete. The roller may be spent, and they never seem to come out the same again, so purchasing the rollers by bulk kinda takes care of that.
But honestly, my #1 reason for not washing out rollers is because the silly things dry on me! That’s when I end up pounding them off the handle by smacking it with a hammer.
Protecting brushes with baggies
Brushes I do wash daily, but if I’m using the brush several times throughout one day, I’ll cheat and place the brush part inside a sandwich baggie. But just keep an eye on it, because at some point, they can get too gummed up to continue to work their best.
I’ve done the fridge \ freezer route before, but didn’t find it made a difference. Plus, it stunk up my freezer and food. 🙂
Probably not good for the landfills, but I’m a liner-aholic. There was a time I use to wash them out, but they generally dry out on me. If you make sure they are left relatively clean, you can actually reuse them again with the same colour. Just be careful to not chip up the old paint.
Collapsable plastic work table
Notice that the massive TV is already gone?! This gave me the perfect work table surface at standing level!
I love these tables, because they are so easy to clean, and are super sturdy. Plus… you can collapse them when not needed.
The above one was from Costco a few years back. I think they still have them or perhaps similar with a fold in the middle. I haven’t been there in awhile to check.
Edges first, then roll is my method.
Since edging requires a ladder and the rolling doesn’t (if using a broom handle), I like to edge a section first, then follow it with rolling.
Working against a wet edge is preferable, so doing small sections at a time works well.
That said, you’ll find a brush adds more paint than a roller. So edging twice alongside 3-4 rolled coats seemed to be nearly equal in coverage. So adjust accordingly.
You’ll also notice I wasn’t careful about hitting the wall. Since the walls will be painted anyway, that’s where I will be careful with cutting in. I just make sure I swipe the brush against the wall, to remove any drips or bumps.
Since my room was crammed with stuff, I didn’t worry about working with a perfect pattern, but I attempted where I could. More important than pattern, was rolling against a wet edge when possible.
If you are working with a smooth ceiling, application will be a little fussier, pattern wise. I’d paint along one entire edge of the ceiling, then work towards the other side, zig zag style.
Take a walk
Tip: I like to walk around the entire room after I feel it’s done, and spy the ceiling from all angles. The light hits the surface differently, depending where it’s coming from, which will help you notice missed spots.
Clean as you go.
While I do my best to move the drop sheet around where the painting is being done, some drips will inevitably land on the floor.
So after a ceiling section is done, I wash down the floor with a slightly soapy wet rag, directly beneath where I’ve been painting, before moving on. This captures any fresh drips right away before they do actual damage.
I’m just giddy this room is seeing some progress!
Now, excuse me while I go find another drop sheet to cover a 5 foot pink ape… 🙂
So… did I miss anything? Any ceiling painting tips you love using?
Here’s another post I did awhile back on how to plank a popcorn ceiling. Don’t even tempt me… 🙂
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