Ceilings are one of the most important parts of any room. They can make a space feel larger, brighter, and more spacious. Painting your ceiling can also add some character to a room and give it a unique look. But painting a ceiling can be tricky and require a lot of skill.
A professional painter has all the skills and experience you need to complete a quality job. They’ll know how to handle drips, messes, and imperfections, and they’ll be insured in case anything goes wrong or damages occur during the process.
How to Paint Your Ceiling
You can paint your ceiling any color you want, and a fresh coat of paint will instantly dress up a space and create a new look. But it’s best to choose a long-lasting, one-coat paint that will hold up well over time and won’t yellow.
Acrylic, oil-based, and latex are all great options for painting a ceiling. Each has its pros and cons, so it’s important to choose a paint that suits your needs.
The most popular paint type for ceilings is acrylic. It’s less likely to clog your air ducts, and it has minimal VOCs, so it’s safer to use than oil-based paints.
If you’re using an oil-based paint, Winters recommends a good ventilation system and covering the ceiling with drop cloths to avoid any fumes from entering the room. A few drops of oil can cause respiratory issues, so it’s better to stay away from this type of paint if you’re sensitive to fumes.
Other types of paint are available for ceilings, including eggshell gloss and satin. While these can provide a high-end look, they can also be difficult to clean and won’t hold their whiteness as long as flat or eggshell paints do.
Another common option is to use a paint called “ultra-flat.” It’s similar to flat, but it has almost no sheen. This can be a good choice for spaces that aren’t used often, such as a bedroom or dining area.
Before you start, take the time to read all of the instructions on the commercial ceiling paint label. Then, load your paint roller with the right amount of paint. You’ll also need to reroll each section as it overlaps the last, to prevent dripping or lap marks.
Next, brush on the paint along the edge of the ceiling, where it meets the wall. Doing this will help reduce the appearance of lines and give you a better idea of how much paint you’ll need for your project.
When you’re done, you can let the paint dry according to the manufacturer’s directions. Then, use a damp cloth to wipe any drips or spatters as soon as they occur.
You may need to touch up a few areas of your ceiling before it’s completely dry, but this shouldn’t take long at all. A simple paintbrush can be used to get those spots where a roller can’t reach, like in the corners and around lighting fixtures.