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Tips for Painting Your Ceilings

calander Jan 28 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

When we think about home interior painting, walls are usually the first things that come to mind. But there is another key component to interior spaces that shouldn’t go ignored: ceilings.

Indeed, even if we won’t regularly crane our necks upward, these “fifth walls,” as they are sometimes called, contribute greatly to the overall appearance of a room. And while ceilings don’t undergo as much wear and tear as walls and floors, they still need a freshening up now and then.

Of course, as if painting your walls wasn’t challenging or time-consuming enough, painting your ceilings makes things even harder. After all, unless you’re particularly tall or your ceilings are quite low, reaching them isn’t so easy. Plus, gravity can become your worst enemy and cause the paint to drip on your floors, if not your face.

Fortunately, with the right tools, preparation, and techniques, you can paint your ceilings like a pro with minimal hassle. Here are some useful tips for painting your ceilings.

Have a Ladder Nearby

A stable ladder will allow you to comfortably reach your ceilings. Your ladder should be tall enough to get you there but not so big that it hardly fits in the room. If possible, it’s worth investing in an adjustable ladder to fit your needs.

An Extension Pole Is Essential

Even if your ladder gets you closer to your ceilings, you don’t want to strain and struggle to provide an even coat. This is where extension poles come in handy. These poles can attach to your roller for extra leverage and added efficiency.

Cleaning Is Key

Before you even begin the ceiling painting process, though, you’ll want to thoroughly clean the surface. This will help the paint adhere. Your ladder, extension pole, and paint roller will come in handy here, too.

Start by dusting your ceilings, then coat your roller head with a proper mixture of warm water and detergent and clean every inch of your ceiling. Then, you can dab away any residue with your roller by covering it with a damp washcloth. Let your ceiling dry completely before moving on.

Tape Your Edges

Just as you or your interior painting contractors would do before painting walls, you want to tape off the edges of your ceilings to avoid getting paint anywhere you don’t want it. Of course, if you plan on painting your walls and ceilings together and using the same color, taping isn’t necessary.

You Can Never Have Too Many Drop Cloths

Paint has a habit of dripping, especially when you’re applying it directly above you. Even if you’ve removed all furniture and accessories from the room, you don’t want any paint landing on your floors. The more you can conceal the ground beneath your work area, the better. If you run out of drop cloths, go out and get more, or, if you’re in a bind, use some old newspapers, plastic bags, and other disposable household items for additional coverage. Just make sure there is plenty of friction between your ladder and the cloth beneath you so you don’t fall.

Wear Eye and Head Protection

Anyone familiar with the story of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel knows where this is going. Simply put, you don’t want paint to land on your body, your face, and definitely not your eyes. So, cover up. Throw on a hat, some safety goggles, and wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.

Choose Colors Carefully

All of the tips above deal with preparing your ceilings and yourself for a proper paint job. But make sure you also carefully consider which color you choose for a given ceiling.

Local painters can tell you that this will make a big difference in how your interior space looks overall. Lighter colors make a room feel bigger and darker colors make it feel smaller. Additionally, ceilings are great surfaces to introduce an accent color. Even if all the walls are white, for instance, a colored ceiling can make a powerful statement.

When in Doubt, Hire the Pros

If you don’t mind putting in the effort, painting your ceiling can be gratifying when all is said and done. But if you lack the time or confidence, hire a Nashville painting company with plenty of experience.

At Nash Painting, we know that updating a ceiling can transform an entire room, and we love being a part of that process. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at (615) 829-6858 today!