Should I Paint the Ceiling?

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 1, 2013)

For some reason, people think that painting the ceiling is different from painting other walls or surfaces in the house. The truth of the matter is that while you may have to take a few extra precautions, the process is relatively the same. If you find yourself asking the question "Should I paint the ceiling," all you need to do is follow this process. Not only will you be able to decide whether you should paint your ceiling, but how to do it if you do decide to paint the ceiling.

  1. Should you paint? Only one person can really answer the question of whether you should paint the ceiling or not, and that person is you. It all depends on the look you want, and whether painting the ceiling will help accomplish that look. If you do end up deciding to paint the ceiling typically you should choose a color that is a slightly lighter shade that the rest used in your room to help make the room look larger. For a cozier look, choose a color that is slightly darker than the rest of the room.
  2. Get your tools. When you are ready to paint your ceiling, you need to start by getting the proper tools for the job. This means that you will need to get things like primer, paint in the proper color and shade, rollers, brushes, drop cloths, painter's tape, roller extensions, and so on.
  3. Prepare properly. When you have all the tools and materials that you will need, you need to begin preparing your work space. Since you are planning on painting the ceiling this means that you will need to remove as much furniture as possible from the room you are working on. What furniture you can't remove, cover with a drop cloth. In fact, every surface in your room that can't be moved should be covered with a drop cloth. Only begin cleaning the ceiling once you have laid down your drop cloths. Don't forget to apply painter's tape along the edges where ceilings and walls join either.
  4. Prime. Once your ceiling is cleaned (and dried if necessary) you can go ahead and begin priming the ceiling for later painting. Prime the ceiling by applying the priming agent in much the same manner as you would when painting. This means that you cut in around the edges of the ceiling, and then apply the primer agent to the remaining areas of the ceiling. Don't overload the paintbrushes or rollers so that you don't have primer falling into your face. Allow the primer to dry before you begin painting.
  5. Cut in. Just as you did with the primer cut your paint in from the edges. Be careful as you do this so you don't accidentally drip any paint on the walls or paint outside the lines created by the painters tape. Start in one corner of the room, and work your way around until you have returned back to that corner.
  6. Paint the rest. Once you have finished cutting in around the edges of your ceiling you can begin painting the rest of your ceiling. While you can always use a paintbrush to accomplish this, it would be better to use either a paint sprayer or a paint roller. If you are using the roller then apply the paint in a "W" pattern to help apply the paint in an even and efficient manner. However, if you are using a sprayer then you will want to use long slow strokes.
  7. Inspect and dry. After covering the entire ceiling take the time to go back over your work and inspect what you have done. If you see any spots or areas that have been missed, go ahead and touch up in those areas. Once you have ensured that you have covered all areas of the ceiling allow the paint to dry completely.

After the ceiling has dried look and see if it is the shade that you want. If you are happy with the way everything looks, go ahead and begin cleaning everything up. Remove the painter's tape slowly to ensure that you don't accidentally damage your paint job. In the event that you are not happy with the color of your ceiling, repeat the painting process from step five on as often as necessary until you are satisfied with your ceiling.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Landscaping with Roses

There are many people who will say that landscaping with roses is a vital necessity in order to create the ultimate look. ...

Discover More

Pouring a New Sidewalk

Over time, even the best laid sidewalks become a little damaged and need some repair. Unfortunately, there are going to be ...

Discover More

Removing Grease from the Range Hood

One of the areas of most stoves that always seems to collect grease is the range hood. Removing grease from the range hood ...

Discover More

Cordless, Compact, and Powerful! DeWalt's 18-volt drill-driver kit packs a big punch in a small package, with a powerful high-performance motor tucked away inside a compact design. A great addition to the tool chest of any professional or DIYer! Check out DeWalt 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit today!

More Home Improvement Tips

Protecting Painted Floors

Painting floors has long been a method for protecting them from damage and dirt, and other forms of wear and tear. However, ...

Discover More

How Do You Rag Paint a Wall?

If you are looking for a fantastic way to paint your wall, and create a truly unique look then you simply have to look into ...

Discover More

Painting Exterior Walls

While it would be nice to think that we will always love the current color of our homes, the truth is that eventually we will ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is eight minus 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)