How to Paint a Ceiling – Tips from the Trade

March 9, 2017


Today it’s our pleasure to offer you another helpful “how to” article from the good folks at LocalTraders.com.

Painting and decorating can be hard work, not least because of the time it takes to renovate even one room. Before you’ve even dabbed your brush or roller for the first time, there are several things to consider like what colour paint to use, and what quantity; where to start; and how much time you need to get each room completed, taking several coats into account.

The hardest part of any room to start painting is the ceiling, and it’s easy to see why that may be the case. In most cases, you have to use a ladder to get to it, and there’s also the problem of the paint sticking, drying or coming out uneven compared to the appearance of the walls – and let’s not forget the awkward angle and paint dripping into your face! It might not be the easiest thing in the world to do, but here are some top tips from the trade on how to paint a ceiling the right way.


You will need the following to help get the job done:

  • Paint
  • Paint tray and liner
  • Paintbrushes and rollers
  • Masking tape
  • A ladder
  • Plastic covers/cloths to cover the floor, furniture and anything else below
  • Ready-mixed or powder filler and putty knife for any cracks that need filling
  • Safety goggles
  • A small wall brush to get into tricky corners

The job itself

Once all your equipment is sorted, you’re able to get on with the actual painting. Here is a rundown on what you should do from start to finish:

  • Fill in any cracks in your ceiling. This will give you a smooth surface to work with
  • Remove any fixtures and fittings, if possible, to give you more room to work in
  • Use masking tape to cover skirting and any light fittings if they can’t be removed
  • Start painting around the edges and work your way inward
  • Paint the top 2cm of your wall with the first coat. This makes it easier to apply later coats
  • Once you’ve done that, paint the rest of your ceiling with a roller. This makes the job much easier and quicker
  • Paint gently so you’re not using too much on each stroke
  • Leave the first coat to dry and apply a second coat once ready

Here you can find a helpful video tutorial of the whole process.

It’s well worth having a go, but if you don’t feel up to the challenge, it’s strongly advised to leave it to a professional.


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