How to Refinish a Textured Ceiling

What You'll Need
Scraper or screwdriver head
Paper towels
Step ladder

You may find that, after a few years, your textured ceiling starts to look old and worn. Once the ceiling begins to darken, or get dirt and other marks staining the surface, you may find that your textured ceiling starts to look less designer, and more as though it were just an old, crumbling ceiling. In order to get the glamor back into your ceiling, you will have to refinish it. This can be a complicated job, and you may feel like calling in an expert decorator, but don't despair, as this work can be done simply, once you know what you are doing, and what tools you need. Getting this job done doesn’t need the assistance of a professional if you have some basic home improvement skills. All you have to do is follow a few simple guidelines to get the job done quickly and easily.

Step 1 – Remove the Old Finish

Take off the old finish that has been on there previously. Take an old scraper, or the flat head of a screwdriver, and just rub it across the surface of your ceiling, not pressing too hard. You may also find that some sandpaper will help you to get rid of the finish. Wipe away any remaining paint using a paper towel, and make sure that the ceiling is clean.

Step 2 – Add the New Paint

You will have to add a new layer of paint. Do this using your paintbrush, and guiding it carefully around the textured parts of the ceiling. You may be inclined to use a roller, which is okay, although you will probably need to finish it off with a hand brush in order to cover over all of the lumps and bumps. Decide whether you want a second coat, and apply this if necessary. Leave to dry completely, perhaps overnight.

Step 3 – Add the Varnish

Once that is completed, you will have to add a layer of varnish over the top of the paint. The varnish should be applied in a well-ventilated room, using a new paintbrush. This will prevent the varnish from clinging to old dirt and carrying it onto the surface of the paint. Guide your brush around the edge of the ceiling until all of the parts are completely covered. Cover all of the surface with the varnish, then leave to dry.

Step 4 – Finishing

Before you finish the project you will have to take some more paper towels to the surface of the varnish, and give it a little rub. This will remove any excessively shiny areas which can affect how the light reflects from the walls onto the ceiling. Dampen down the shine by buffing the ceiling with the paper towels, as this will diminish, but not completely remove, the varnish's gloss layer.