How to Paint a Ceiling

Don't forget about the "fifth" wall! Depending on the colour you apply to your ceiling, you can convey a cozy, warm ambience or create an aura of expansiveness, and add visual interest to your home.

For Best Results:

Refer to our how-to for expert advice and techniques on painting your ceiling.

The ceiling should be the first surface you paint in your room.

  1. Step 1

    To paint a ceiling, work continuously around the perimeter of the room, and cut in a 7.6 - 10 cm wide area at the corners with a paint brush. Smooth out the cut-in area by lightly brushing the tip of the bristles over the newly painted area to create a feathered edge.

  2. Step 2

    Next, place a loaded roller in the corner of the room, and roll in one direction toward the opposite side of the room, in parallel lines, Do not roll directly over your head; instead roll in a direction toward yourself.

  3. Step 3

    Work quickly and continuously until the entire surface is coated. Do not roll in a "W" or a "V" pattern on the ceiling.  Allow the first coat to dry completely before determining whether a second coat is necessary.

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Brush 5.1 - 6.4 cm (2"-2½")

  • Bucket

  • Bucket Grid

  • Extension Pole

  • Vinyl Gloves

  • Ladder

  • Paint Can Opener

  • Paint Tray

  • Paint Tray Liner

  • Protective Apparel

  • Rags

  • Roller Cover and Frame

  • Sandpaper (150-220 Grit)

  • Stir Stick

  • Drop Cloths

  • Plastic Sheeting

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