Always paint the ceiling
before walls or woodwork.
As long as you don't have a lot of furniture to clamber
over, painting a ceiling is fairly straightforward.
Firstly sheet up everything which is in danger of getting
paint on it. No matter how careful you are, paint splashes
have a way of finding exposed surfaces.
Use a stepladder, preferably one with a platform to hold
tools or a paint container. If you haven't got steps,
strong plastic milk or beer crate or a wooden chair should
The golden rule, whether using proper or improvised
scaffold, is NEVER to over-stretch.
If you are right-handed work from right too left and
Painting a ceiling is easier if you use a roller,
unless the ceiling is very small in a cupboard or toilet,
especially with artexed or wood-chipped ceilings
any ceiling with a rough patterned surface).
When painting with a brush, use a large flat brush 6 to 8
You can also use a small brush 1 to 2 inches wide to get
Cut along the edge of the ceiling and for cutting round
the light rose and any other awkward bits.
Starting in one corner on the window side of the room,
paint in sections about 2ft square.
Work across the ceiling doing a strip at a time.
When using a roller it is a good idea to use one with an
extension handle. Most roller handles have an open end
into which you can push an old broom handle, which will do
Using a small brush (about 2" size will do) cut in all
round the edge of the ceiling and round the ceiling.
Starting in one corner roll about a Metro Square and work
across the room in strips the same as with a brush.
If you are using a long handle on your roller it means
your paint tray or scuttle "a square bucket wide enough
for your roller size" can be kept conveniently on the
floor at all times.