Is it hard to paint a ceiling? Not really. Especially if you have some simple tips and tricks on how to paint a ceiling in seven simple steps.
Repainting your ceiling not only spruces up a room but it can also add value to your home by making it look newer and fresher. Learn how to paint a ceiling with these step-by-step instructions.
This is our living room.
You might have seen it before.
I’ve actually photographed it 497,000 times.
But when I took this photo the other day I changed something. Something that I’ve never done before. I went all transparent and ceiling vulnerable and left something in this photo that you’ve never seen before because I usually edit it out of all the photos.
If you came over for sweet tea, I’d sit you down in the chair on the right and try to distract you with conversation and stories so you wouldn’t notice it.
Can you see it?
It’s kind of hard to figure out at first, but when I show you. YIKES. You will not be able to unsee it.
Let’s take a little closer look at our ceiling shame.
I’ll show you how to paint a ceiling and fix it.
Can you see it?
The white blob in the center of the room.
The ceiling is actually a darker cream and the blob is white.
When I edit the photos it kind of goes away, so I’ll zoom in a little closer.
Here’s a better view.
Shamity shame shame shame.
We moved the light fixture over a year ago and when we did it left behind a hole in the ceiling that needed to be mudded and it was filled in with drywall mud and sanded and then that giant white blob sat there for a YEAR.
I can’t even show you how truly shameful it was because these pictures don’t really do it justice.
Because the ceiling is a dark cream, the white blob showed up EVEN MORE.
It took everything I had to not apologize for it with every guest that entered into our living room.
We painted the ceiling and fixed it and now the ceiling is bright and white and shiny and new.
How to Paint a Ceiling
Here’s a video that showed how we did it.
I filmed everything in fast action and you can see how we took the room apart and painted the ceiling and then put it all together again.
Learning how to paint a ceiling is so much easier than it looks.
Let’s walk through the steps that we took and answer a few questions.
Q: Is it hard to paint a ceiling?
Painting a ceiling sounds so much more intimidating than painting a wall, but it’s actually not. The key to painting the ceiling is prep work. You want to make sure to take everything down off the walls, roll back the rug and place the furniture together in the center of the space. Next, cover the furniture with a plastic dropcloth to prevent spills from occurring. You can also add a drop cloth to the floor to prevent spills as well.
Q: How do you paint a ceiling with a roller?
You’ll need several tools to paint the ceiling. First, you’ll need a brush with an angled edge is perfect for cutting in around the corners. Also, you’ll need a roller to cover the main spaces in the room. Lastly, adding a long extension to your roller makes it easier to cover the spaces from the floor and gives you more flexibility with painting.
Q: How can you avoid roller marks?
This was something we were worried about when we first learned how to paint a ceiling. There are several tips that you can use to avoid roller marks. Use a roller with a thicker nap and apply less paint when rolling. This helps prevent paint from making roller “tracks” on the ceiling. Using a flat sheen when painting the ceiling also helps avoid roller marks. And lastly? Paint one coat of paint on the ceiling in one direction and paint the other coat in a different direction.
Q: In addition to getting the room ready to paint, what type of prep work do I need to do?
We used FrogTape to tape off all the corners of the ceiling as well as the fixtures in the room. When applying the FrogTape, it’s important to press firmly in place to create a seal to prevent paint from bleeding through. Here you can see how we’ve taped off the light fixture in the space. We used an angled brush to cut in around the light fixture and applied the paint in one direction when painting next to the ceiling.
Q: What type of paint do I use on a ceiling?
I always recommend using flat paint on the ceiling. We live in an older house and the ceilings are a little rough in places. Using flat paint on the ceiling deflects light away from the ceiling and hides imperfections. Paints with more of a glossy sheen can highlight the imperfections in the ceiling surface. In addition, when choosing paint for the ceiling, it’s important to remember that the paint color on a ceiling can look slightly darker than it appears when painted on a wall.
Q: Does a ceiling need two coats of paint?
I highly recommend two coats of paint. When you are painting the ceiling (especially when you are going from a darker color to a lighter color like us) it’s so easy to miss patches of the ceiling. Painting two coats ensures a more even coverage and gives you a little grace to catch all the spots you might have missed on the first coat.
Seven steps to paint a ceiling
You can see how we painted the ceiling in the video, but here are the basic steps we took to paint the ceiling:
1. Prep the room: Take everything down off the walls, roll back the rug and place the furniture together in the center of the space. Then cover the furniture with a plastic dropcloth to prevent spills from occurring. You can also add a drop cloth to the floor to prevent spills as well.
2. Tape off the room: Use painter’s tape to tape off all the corners of the ceiling as well as the fixtures in the room. When applying the FrogTape, it’s important to press firmly in place to create a seal to prevent paint from bleeding through.
3. Tape off the fixtures: Tape off the light fixture and any other ceiling fixtures in the space.
4. Check to make sure your tape is applied properly: When applying the FrogTape, it’s important to press firmly in place to create a seal to prevent paint from bleeding through. Make sure everything is taped off and ready to paint.
5. Start painting: Use a brush with an angled edge that is perfect for cutting in around the corners. Next, use a roller to cover the main spaces in the room. You can also add a long extension to your roller, making it easier to cover the spaces from the floor. Let the first coat dry and then paint a second coat.
6. Remove the tape: You’ll want to remove the tape from the edges of the room. Pull tape away in one direction to prevent paint from getting on the walls.
7. Put everything back in place: You’ve finished. You’ve learned how to paint a ceiling. And now? Put artwork up on the walls, roll the rug back, and put the furniture and accessories back in the space.
And now here’s our ceiling.
The white blob is GONE.
It’s hard to tell from pictures, but now? The room looks so much fresher and cleaner and more exciting and ready to party.
And when all this is over?
My living room ceiling and I are throwing the party of the CENTURY.
I can’t wait.
Until then you can find me here with coffee.
Without a blob to keep me company. 🙂
PS Here’s one of my other favorite tips, too.