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DIY tips: How to paint your ceiling

12/06/2016

You would like to pimp your ceiling, but you don’t know how to paint? No need to spend a fortune on a professional. We’re pleased to help you do it yourself. Let’s get to work!

Shopping list:
plastic wrap (or old bed linen) to cover your floor and furniture
a painting bucket with drainer
a large paint roller (20cm)
a small paint roller (10cm)
a round brush
masking tape
acryl kit (that can be repainted)
latex paint or other suitable ceiling paint

Qualitative ceiling paint can be quite expensive. If you don’t know how to paint, you might be tempted to buy a cheaper paint. But bear in mind that, with this paint, you might have to apply more layers to have the same result. Check our previous blog article to help you choose the right color.

Equally important is the quality of the painting tools: A high quality paint roller will soak up the paint well and will make sure you can paint smoothly, leaving no stripes. If you clean the brushes and rollers well, you can easily reuse them next time. You never know that once you know how to paint, you might get bitten by it!

Step 1: clean the ceiling

Whether you have to clean the ceiling, depends on the condition it is in. If it is greasy, for example in the kitchen, then you might use an ammonia solution for cleaning. In other cases, you might use a less aggressive cleaning product. Dusty ceilings should first be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner or a brush, otherwise you rub the dirt in the ceiling again.

If your ceiling is new, we advise to apply a primer layer first. This way, the ceiling won’t soak in your paint.

Step 2: Cover and mask

Cover and mask the walls, window sills and other objects in the room well. It’s a time consuming job, but it’s worth it. Covering all the borders of the ceilings with masking tape, will make sure you can paint as passionately as you want, without having to worry about making stains…

If you plan to repaint the whole room, and you don’t know very well how to paint, you should start with the ceiling. This way, it does not matter if you make stains on the walls, so less bothering...

Step 3: Fix irregularities

Lowered ceilings from plasterboard can show seams. You can cover these with up with acryl kit that can be repainted. That does not take too much time and makes a huge difference in the results.

Step 4: How to paint

Paint your ceiling by daylight and work against the light as much as possible. This is the best way to keep track of where you last painted.

Make sure the temperature of the room is not too high. The higher the temperature, the quicker the paint dries. This means you will have to work quicker to prevent stains at the start of every paint roller track.

Use the round brush to paint the borders and corners of the ceiling you are going to paint. Afterwards, paint those borders again with the small roller. Make perpendicular tracks first. They should overlap. Afterwards, paint one long track along the border of the ceiling. Do not leave any stripes and spread the paint evenly.

If you want to take a pause during your painting work, you might cover your paint rollers and brushes with plastic wrap, so they do not dry.

Step 5: Remove the tape

The mask tape is easiest to remove while the paint is still wet, so remove it quickly after you painted the ceiling. This way, it does not leave any traces. It is important to buy high quality mask tape, to not risk any permanent traces.

Good luck!

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