How to Paint a Porch Ceiling

You may be thinking of refurbishing your porch ceiling by repainting it. Traditionally, the porch ceiling is painted in blue color. There are many believes and stories behind selecting a blue color for your porch ceiling. The blue ceiling is believed to stimulate a cool and pacifying environment. There are many customary superstitions as well. It is said that the blue ceiling helps to avoid the evil spirits and also wards off wasps and spiders. Blue hue also symbolizes good luck. Painting the porch ceiling can be achieved by taking a couple of simple steps.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Ladder
  • Bucket            
  • Water
  • Cotton mop
  • Broom
  • Drop cloths
  • Garden hose
  • Spray attachment
  • Wet-vacuum
  • Garden hose with spray nozzle (optional)
  • Scraper
  • Spackle knife
  • Protective eye wear
  • Cap
  • Long-sleeved apron
  • Masking tape
  • Wide sash brush
  • Paint Rollers  
  • Roller extension handle
  • Trays
  • Primer 
  • Paint
  • Plastic garbage bag

Step 1 - Clearing the Area

Clear up the porch and ceiling area to be painted. Move out all article of furniture from porch and pull down all hanging planters or swings. Take away all covers from ceiling lights.

Step 2 - Clean the Ceiling

Apply a cotton mop wet in Luke warm soap water to wipe off the ceiling.  Wash the ceiling with water preferably using a power sprayer at a wider angle. Alternatively, use a common garden hose with a sprayer attachment fitted to it. Wipe out all water collected on the porch floor with a wet-vacuum or broom. The ceiling should be dried completely before painting.

Step 3 - Covering the Floor

Cover the entire porch floor with drop cloths or thin plastic sheets and also cover all railings and banisters as well.  You can also use canvas drop cloths, which are better than plastic sheets as you have to keep some weights on plastic sheets to keep them from flying particularly if there is wind.

Step 4 - Preparing the Surface

Prepare the ceiling surface by scraping off any loose paint, bubbles or peeling off paint layer with a scraper or a spackle knife. You should use a proper ladder so as conveniently reach the ceiling and be able to work comfortably. Use protective eyewear since you have to look upwards while preparing and painting the ceiling to keep bits of paint away from falling into your eyes.

Step 5 – Masking

Mask all the walls at the portions meeting the ceiling lines with the help of good quality masking tape. Also, mask the porch light fixtures. If there is any chandelier, cover it with a bag of clear plastic sheet and tape.

Step 6 - Primer Coat

Apply the tinted primer coat on the ceiling. You should use a 2 inch sash brush and cut in the borders at meeting lines of walls and ceiling as well as around the light fixtures. Cover the ceiling with a coat of primer with the paint roller. The primer should be allowed to dry completely. Clean the brush. The used up roller covers should be discarded.

Step 7 - Paint Coating

Rub of the primer coated surface with fine sand paper to smooth it. Wipe it off with clean rags. Apply the first coat of paint. Cut in the ceiling borders and around the light fixtures with paint using sash brush. Paint the remaining ceiling using the roller.

Allow the paint to dry properly. Save the roller and the brush from drying by keeping in the paint tray and cover it with a plastic sheet.

Step 8 - Final Paint Coating

Paint a second coat. Begin with cutting in again with brush and next paint the rest of the ceiling with the paint roller. It may require painting a third coat to attain good finish and coverage depending on the condition of the surface and color. Allow the paint to dry overnight. Wash the paint brushes and roller frame. Throw away the expended roller covers.

Step 9 - Cleaning and Winding Up

Take away all the masking tape from walls and expose the light fixtures. Wrap up the drop cloths from floor and clean it. Put the furniture and fixtures back in the porch.

Step 10 - Collecting and Storing

You need to store the remaining paint for retouches required in the future. Put it into an appropriate airtight container and label it.