disclosure: This post is sponsored by FrogTape.

Can I press pause in the middle of Christmas decorating and show you the EASIEST ceiling project?

If you are looking for a creative and easy way to update a space in your home?

THIS is the project for you.

This is our downstairs bathroom last Christmas.

Tile floor? Check.

Walls painted Repose Gray SW 7015? Check.

New shower space added in the back? Check.

Grandmother’s antique chandelier hung from the ceiling? Check.

But now?

Want to see it next level?

Wait until you see THIS.


Can you scroll back up to the before?

The difference is so subtle, yet so fancy.

Can you believe the difference a little paint makes?

Here’s an even closer view of the after.

All you need to create this is FrogTape and a little paint.

And a tip I have to make it EVEN easier.

Easy DIY Painted Ceiling Project



(we used two sizes of tape for this approximately 1-inch tape and 1 1/2 inch tape)


paint brush

Step 1: Start by painting your ceiling

I know this sounds Captain Obvious, but a painted pattern like this looks so much better on a freshly painted ceiling.

We actually made a video when we painted the ceiling in the front room.

You can see it here.

Make sure you use flat paint designed for ceilings. You don’t want anything that will allow light to bounce off your ceiling and highlight imperfections.

step 2: Tape off the sides of the ceiling

What makes this work is that there are actually TWO different sizes of tape.

There’s an inner rectangle taped off with smaller tape and a larger rectangle (with a pattern at the corners).

To make the lines even—here’s a simple tip I discovered years ago.

Quick tip: when taping stripes like this? Just add three pieces of tape and pull off the middle piece. It will give you an even stripe every time.

I took this picture to demonstrate this concept. See what happens when you pull off the tape? There’s a perfect stripe—you don’t even have to measure.

Step 3: Tape off and paint the inner rectangle

The inner rectangle (taped off with the smaller approximately one-inch tape) is painted first.

Tape three pieces of tape and pull off the center and paint.

Quick tip: Paint color is always darker on the ceiling. This is actually Repose Gray SW 7015.

But doesn’t it look darker?

It’s because it’s painted on the ceiling. Make sure to take this into account when you are choosing a ceiling paint color.

Step 4: Tape off and paint inverted corners

Your inner rectangle is painted.

Now all you need is to tape off and paint the inverted corners of the rectangle taped with the approximately 1 1/2 inch FrogTape on the outside.

We used the thicker tape for the outside rectangle to give it more visual interest.

Repeat for all four corners.

That’s it.

And your bathroom can go from this…..

To this.


Isn’t it amazing how a little paint can make such a difference?

Here’s to a jolly and happy bathroom with a bright future.

And thank you FrogTape for inspiring all the projects.

The bathroom wouldn’t be the same without you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Image for Nancy Nancy

    It's these details in a space that take it from really super nice to wowza! Great tip on getting an even stripe. Another one (via my hubs) is to make sure you always put your Frogtape in the plastic container it came in when it is not in use...even for short periods of time. It keeps the adhesion tip top. If you let it sit out it won't give you as nice of a line because the seal won't be as strong. Have a great day!

  2. Image for Cassie Cassie

    Wow, that is amazing how much different it looks. Love your tip on using the tape as a guide. I would have been the one to use a yard stick and pencil :)

  3. Image for Mary S Mary S

    Sssiiigghhhhhh.... Oh my I wish I could understand all those directions. I have a much smaller bathroom... still would work, right???

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    That looks elegant. So lovely. Now if you could figure out a way to bottle all the energy and patience needed to actually do this, we'd be in business! :)

  5. Image for JC JC

    The perfect touch to the ceiling!! I love how it goes so well with the style of the floor tile. It has an art deco kind of feel. It's so pretty, KariAnne!

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Elle, I'm sorry! You paint the sides at the same time! When you get to the corners you paint the inner one a rectangle and the outer one with inverted corners! You have to paint the inner one first!ย  Does that make sense? happy day!KariAnne

  6. Image for Ann Ann

    So beautiful! This gave me an inspiration! I may do this in my big blank wall in my kitchen rather than on a ceiling! And I have to tell you, you are the cutest, most joyful girl!!

  7. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Wow-your husband is amazing. Doesn't his neck hurt doing all that taping? The results are amazing! It's worth the heating pads and ice packs!

  8. Image for Becky Becky

    How totally cool! I pinned this one, cuz someday, I'm going to need it. I just know it. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    WOW!!! What an amazing transformation! Who knew? It bumped up the wow factor in that cute bathroom 10 notches. How on earth do you consistently come up with such clever ideas? LOVE it. Very well done.


    KariAnne, your bathroom ceiling is so nice! What a great idea you had. How wonderful that your hubby is able to help you!

  11. Image for Dee Turk Dee Turk

    Oh my goodness! I love this so much! I can't believe what a difference that made in the ceiling and how beautifully cohesive, elegant and awesome it looks! It's really superb!

  12. Image for LORRI LORRI

    Wow!!! That certainly is elegant...looks like it was always meant to be there ๐Ÿ’žDid you use a measure stick to make sure it was even on the ceiling?

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