DIY Painting Your House Ceiling Like A Pro: Here's How.

Knowing how to paint ceiling as a DIY home handyman prevents the job from becoming complicated. Using the right ceiling paint and tools such as a roller and paintbrushes ensures you get the task done professionally. Painting techniques make a difference too between a shoddy and expert paint job!

Preparation is key and having all the right materials plus clearing out the room before you start painting your ceiling saves you time and frustration! Read on as we share a list of handy tools and a step-by-step guide to painting your ceiling like a professional in Singapore!

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What You Need: Ceiling Painting Tools Checklist

Getting the best results for your ceiling paint job requires having the right painting tools on hand before you begin. Assembling the gear can be intimidating especially if this is your first DIY paint project! However, our ceiling painting tools checklist covers everything you need for a professional outcome.

A word of advice – choose quality paint and painting tools to prevent having to re-do a poor job! Here’s our checklist for ceiling painting tools that you need before you begin.

Ceiling Painting Tools Checklist

How to Paint a Ceiling: Step-by-Step Instructions

Now that you have the necessary painting materials and tools to paint your ceiling, you’re ready to start the job. Gather all the tools and materials in the room you’re painting so you’re not dashing around looking for them in between tasks!

covering furniture before painting

Step 1: Clear Out the Room and Cover the Floor With Plastic Drop Sheets

Before you start painting your ceiling, remove as much furniture and other items from the room as possible. This makes it easier and safer for you to manoeuvre around the room while painting and prevents paint splatters from damaging your furnishing.

Cover all furniture that can’t be removed as well as the floor with plastic drop sheets. This prevents accidental paint drips that could damage your interior decorative pieces and flooring. Covering the floor with plastic drop sheets prevents mishaps such as you or your ladder slipping on spilt paint.

Applying Painter's Tape

Step 2: Apply Masking Tape on Top of Walls and Crown Mouldings

If you’re only painting the ceiling and not the walls at the same time, apply painter’s tape (or masking tape) all along the top of the walls. Taping off prevents the paint from going onto the wall area that meets the ceiling.

If there are crown mouldings or cornices, you need to tape them off to reduce the risk of ceiling paint going onto them. Masking or painter’s tape is easy to use and remove at the end of the painting job without leaving any traces behind.

cracked peeling paint

Step 3: Scape off Cracked or Peeling Paint

Before painting, scrape off any old, cracked, or peeling paint from the ceiling using a scraper or putty knife. This ensures a smooth surface for the new paint to adhere to and prevents any old paint from flaking off onto your new paint job. Always wear protective gear such as a mask and safety goggles when scraping off old paint.

Step 4: Apply Interior Paint Primer

Using the roller and extension pole, apply one coat of interior latex paint primer to the ceiling. This step is vitally important if you want professional results and the primer acts as a stain barrier, making it possible to use only one coat of ceiling paint. It is especially true if you have scrape off cracked or peeling paint, it can mean a difference in look and feel within the room with smooth ceiling.

The type of interior latex paint primer you use depends a lot on the texture of your ceiling. A drywall primer in a colour similar to your ceiling paint is good for smoother ceilings. A high-build primer is best for ceilings with deeper textures or grooves. Make sure the primer is completely dry before applying ceiling paint.

Step 5: Paint a Cutline

Using a paintbrush and standing on a sturdy ladder, paint a cut line two to three inches wide around the edge of the ceiling. Start from one corner of the room and paint the cut line using a two-inch trim brush. Work in three-feet stages to create an even line of paint along the edge of the ceiling.

When done and while the cut line is still wet start with the next step which is to paint the ceiling with the roller.

professional paintier climbing up portable stairs to start painting on wall

Step 6: Start Painting the Ceiling With the Paint Roller

Pour ceiling paint into the deep section of the paint tray and roll the roller brush in it to coat it evenly. Avoid submerging the roller in the paint and instead lightly cover the nap by rolling it backward and forward over the flat, shallow part of the tray. This ensures the roller nap is completely coated with paint while keeping drips to a minimum.

Using the fully-extended extension pole attached to the roller brush, start painting the ceiling from the cut lines. Cover a small three to four feet square using zigzag strokes before going over the same area using straight controlled movements to even out the paint. This technique prevents visible lines, especially if you feather the edges.

Step 7: Apply a Second Coat

Leave the first coat of ceiling paint to dry completely. Using the manufacturer’s recommended drying time noted on the paint can guide you. If necessary and depending on the type of paint you used and the coverage applied, you may need to apply a second coat.

To apply a second coat of ceiling paint, repeat the process described in the previous step.

Step 8: Clean the Painting Tools

Clean all the painting tools with warm, soapy water if you used water-based paint. Alternatively, use cleaning agents such as turpentine or thinners if the paint is oil-base. A paintbrush comb will help squeeze out excess water and paint from brushes. A painter’s tool with a notch is good for squeezing out paint from the roller nap.

Alternatively, use your hands to remove excess paint before rinsing with clean water. Give the brushes and paint roller a good shake and blot before leaving to air dry. If you want to speed up the drying process, use a brush and roller spinner before storing the tools away.

Step 9: Replace the Furniture and Enjoy the Results

When the entire ceiling is completely dry – remember to leave windows open to ventilate the room and speed up drying – remove the plastic drop sheets. Remove any paint drips or ensure they’re fully dry before folding up the sheets for storage.

Return the furniture and any other décor items to the entire room and marvel at a job well done!

The Bottom Line

Painting a ceiling like a professional is simple if you have the right tools and paint from the start. Preparing before you begin is key to a successful paint job! Follow our step-by-step guide to ensure you get your DIY ceiling paint job done efficiently and neatly while giving you an excellent outcome you can be proud of!

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