Posted on Oct 06, 2018

Painting the Ceiling: A Step by step Guide

Ceilings usually get neglected when redecorations are planned. When you repaint only the walls, the ceiling will end up looking even shabbier. Repainting your ceiling with a fresh coat of paint can help to really refresh the room. Any painting project is a pleasure to carry out when done in a quick and organized way. Once you have prepared the room correctly for painting it. Try out these easy step-by-step instructions to paint your ceiling and get remarkable results. Read More: 8 Important Steps to Prepare a Room for Painting

1. Step 1: Cut-in the Ceiling
Rather than carrying a full tin of paint up the ladder, pour some of the paint into a small bucket to make it easier to hold. Dip in the paint brush, wipe off the excess and start cutting-in the ceiling. Carefully brush the paint on the ceiling at the edges where the ceiling meets the walls of the room. These are the areas where the paint rollers will not reach. Cut-in a 3-4 inch wide area in these corners and work continuously around the perimeter of the room. It is important that you feather out the edges of the newly painted area so that it doesn’t stand out as a patch when it dries. This allows you to cover the brush marks well with the roller. Always cut in before you roll, not vice versa. If you don’t mind alternating between rolling and cutting-in, you can cut-in one side at a time and roll that area over while the paint is still wet, it actually blends in much better. Read More: 3 Professional Tips for Painting the Ceiling

2. Step-2: Lap the Cut into the Wall
You may have seen painters who simple mash their paint rollers into corners. This is a really bad idea, this sloppy business deposits excess paint in the corner which results in runs or thick lines on the walls and ceiling. If you are planning to paint the walls, cut-in a couple of inches on to the wall too. When you finally roll the paint on the walls, you can cover up most of this; you can leave a bit of the ceiling colour on the top edge of the wall, it won’t be detected. Read More: 5 Things You Should Know About Primers Before Painting a Room

3. Step-3: Painting with the Roller
Attach the roller to the extension pole. Pour paint into a roller tray and dip the roller in it. Ensure the roller is evenly coated. Be careful not to overload the roller, the excess paint will drip down on your head. Position yourself such that you are not standing directly under the roller. You should be able to roll in a both directions: towards yourself and away. Start with one corner and roll the loaded paint roller to the opposite side of the ceiling. You can place the roller a little more away from the walls when you start and the first stroke should ideally roll away from you. Paint swiftly and continuously until the entire ceiling is done. Some recommend using the ‘W’ or ‘V’ pattern while many others are against it. The ‘W’ pattern does help to paint evenly on walls. So choose what works for you. Irrespective of the pattern used, there some tricks that will ensure you get smooth and consistent coat of paint. • Paint in segments about 5 or 6 ft. square. • Move swiftly from one segment to the next before the paint on the edge dries. the key to avoiding lap marks is to maintain the ‘wet edge.’ • Now reroll each segment at a right angle to the first direction you rolled. This professional trick will get you the best coverage

4. Step-4: The Second Coating
It takes about half an hour to paint the ceiling. You have to wait at least a couple of hours for the first coat to dry completely before you determine whether to apply a second coat. Read More: The 7 Steps for Estimating How Much Paint to Buy for Walls If you are proceeding with the second coat, repeat the cutting-in process at corners first. Apply the second coat swiftly and continuously in one direction; perpendicular to the first direction of painting. Remember to clean the brush and the rollers once you are done. Keep them ready for use whenever the occasion arises.

5. Apps for Hiring Local Pros
There are many advantages in hiring a professional painter to repaint your house. You may be able to give painting the concentration and focus it requires; there is so much else that needs your attention. A professional can create that picture perfect look you are dreaming of – with a lot less of mess and expense. Do-it-yourself painting projects often turn out to be much costlier than you planned. You can decide on your budget and find estimates to match it using mobile apps for hiring local pros on the go.