Tips On Painting Ceilings
Painting ceilings can be very overwhelming especially if
you’ve never done it before. It can be very interesting
and fun. All you need to do is prepare for it and know and
understand well what you have to do. Here are some tips on
Before starting anything, you should know first what color
to use. Know your basic color scheme. The color of your
ceiling should compliment the color of your floor and
walls. If you want a harmonious, unbroken look in the
room, you could use the same color for the walls and
ceiling. Imagine how your color will match to your
furniture or furnishing.
Low ceilings sometimes give an oppressive feeling, while a
high ceiling can give an airy and light feeling because of
the large space. If you have a low ceiling but want to
have it heightened, you could try a very pale color to
make it recede, like the shades of sky blue. Use also a
different but lighter color than what is used on the
Usually, white is the color commonly used in painting
ceilings. The main reason for this is because it reflects
light very well and it goes with everything. But for a
change, try to go beyond white. Choose another shade that
will go with your décor and the rest of the room.
Contrary to the tradition, white can actually make a
ceiling look more distant in rooms with lofty, high
ceilings and lower with those who have low ceilings. If
you have ceilings higher than eight feet, have a shade or
two that are darker than the wall color. If it is eight
feet high or lower, use shade or two that are lighter than
your walls. This can add coziness to high-ceilinged rooms
and give an illusion of space to rooms with low ceilings.
Before painting, make sure you cover your walls with a
drop cloth. Remove also the curtains and pictures on your
walls; surely you don’t want them to be wasted. Remove
also your furniture so you can have a clear access to the
room in all points.
If you are about to paint the ceiling, start from the
corner farthest from the door. Use a trim brush to apply
paint on the ceiling edges along with the wall-ceiling
edge. Try to finish the painting of ceiling in each room
plane in one painting session. This is because if you
allow sections of the ceiling to dry at different times,
this may cause visible lap marks.
It will be simpler and easier to use a roller when
painting a ceiling than using a large brush. If you have a
low ceiling, you can just use a handler extender so that
you won’t need a ladder.
If your ceilings are textured, though it will take more
time, be sure to have the area well covered. You can use a
thick nap roller to ensure that you cover all the bumps
Most ceilings don’t line up with the walls perfectly, this
can make the paint-lines uneven especially if the ceiling
color is different from the wall. If you have problem like
this, use your wall-color paint to paint the strip along
the ceiling where it meets the wall to conceal
imperfection. This strip of wall-color paint will give an
illusion that your walls and ceilings are line-up
With these tips, definitely you will have a great ceiling
in your room. Remember to enjoy and have fun while
Paint Tips, Advices and Warnings
painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier
and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.
stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When
the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid
covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.
Before pouring paint from a can,
cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape -- the rim will
be clean and the cover will fit tightly.
To remove lumps from paint: Cut a
piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint
and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with
it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.
When painting a room, dip a small
card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match
accessories in store.
When painting inside corners,
trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more
When you poke a paint brush into
corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl
and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the
brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron.
The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the
bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.
When painting old woodwork fill
in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are
using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.
When painting stairs, paint every
other step first. When these are dry, paint the rest.
To avoid cleaning paint brushes
and rollers if you intend to use the same colour later, or if you do not have
time to clean immediately, place the brushes and rollers in a plastic bag, tie
shut and place in the freezer. They will keep for several days without drying
Protect hands from paint solvent
by putting the brush and solvent into a strong plastic bag. With hands outside
the bag, work the solvent into the brush through the plastic.
After cleaning your paint brush,
a few drops of oil worked into the bristles will leave the brush soft and ready
To clean paint rollers, fill an
empty one-quart milk carton with solvent, put the roller inside and crimp the
ends shut. Give the carton a few shakes, then let sit for a couple of hours.
Simmer hardened paint brushes in
full-strength vinegar. Remove the softened paint with a wire comb or brush.
To remove oil or enamel paint
from your hands, rub on paste floor wax and then wash with plenty of soap and
warm water. There is no odor and it’s easier on the skin than paint remover.
In time, a partly used can of
paint will develop a skin on top. To prevent this, cut waxed paper the size of
the can and drop it in.
To save partial cans of leftover
paint, fill the airspace with a lightly inflated balloon before pressing on the
A coat of penetrating stain
applied to a smooth wood surface may last only three or four years, but a second
application after the wood has weathered will last as long as 10.
To give bathroom fixtures a new
look, paint with an epoxy paint, sold especially for that purpose.
Never stir varnish. It has no
colour pigments which need blending and stirring will create air bubbles which
can ruin a smooth finish.
To frost a bathroom or garage
window, make a solution of one cup of beer to four tbsp. Epsom salts and paint
on the window. It washes off when you want a clear pane again.
After wallpapering or painting,
write the amount under a light-switch plate and you’ll always know how much
wallpaper or paint you need for that room.