How to Paint Ceilings

What You'll Need
Color changing latex ceiling paint
Caulk, drywall or plaster patch
Paint brush
Paint roller
Paint roller extension handle
Paint roller pan
Paint can opener
Step ladder
Drop cloth
Paint rags
Paint stir
Painting hat
Mixing bucket
Silica sand for texturing
Household bleach
Cleaning bucket

To make your home's rooms more appealing you should know how to paint ceilings. Painting your ceilings can make a room seem larger or add a fresh look to a drab space. Below are some steps to paint a ceiling in any room of the house.

Step 1 – Preparation

No matter how careful, paint finds a way to land on surfaces you don’t intend. Spread a drop cloth or plastic to protect everything you don’t want painted. Use caulk, drywall repair or plaster patch to fill holes and cracks. Kill mold and mildew, if any, using a 75% water, 25% household bleach solution with a sponge or rag. Remove light fixtures completely or drop the canopy of hanging fixtures and ceiling fans; wrap the fixture, chain, ceiling fans and post with plastic before painting. Paint your ceilings first so that drips and over-strokes that leave paint on walls won’t matter.

Step 2 – Prime

Stained surfaces will need a stain blocking primer. Spot prime stains and any repairs that were necessary. For a clean face simply ensure the surface is dust free then apply ceiling paint. 

Step 3 – Buy Color Changing Ceiling Paint

A DIY advantage is color changing ceiling paint. Save yourself the despair of thinking you’ve done the job well only to see streaks and missed areas after you’ve cleaned your roller and returned your furnishings: use color changing ceiling paint. This formula paints one color then dries white.

Step 4 – Application

Use a polyester paint brush or corner pad to coat near the walls where a roller won’t reach. After you’ve cut in the walls use a premium quality roller with an extension handle to roll paint onto your surface. For higher ceilings employ a step ladder with caution: don’t over reach.

Paint in areas by rolling a “W” shape first then filling in the “W” before moving to the next. Notice how the color changing paint aids good coverage. Smooth roller lines using long even strokes in a single direction.   

    Step 5 – Add Texture

    One alternate idea to simply rolling paint is a sand texture. To your ceiling paint use a mixing bucket to add silica sand sold for paint (not beach sand) at a 10 to 1 ratio. Mix thoroughly then test on a small section of your ceiling. Dilute the mix with more paint or add texture to please. The sand will quickly settle to the bottom of your mixing bucket so stir thoroughly each time you fill your roller pan.

    For swirl or other designs use a sponge to make creative patterns in the paint/sand mix before it dries. Work in 2 foot sections completing your designs before moving to the next. Continue this section by section plan until the ceiling is complete. 

    Step 6 – Cleanup

    Latex paint cleanup needs only water. Thoroughly rinse your roller, brush and buckets/pans to remove all the paint residue. Allow your brush and roller to completely dry before storage.