When homeowners think of painting their ceilings, images of splattered paint and matted hair come to mind. But with the right tools and the necessary steps, making over that space above your head doesn’t have to mean you’ll be losing yours. A ceiling Asian paint job can easily be done.
Use the Right Tools
First and foremost, you should invest in a quality Asian paint roller as this will save you time and the extra effort. Look for models with an extendable handle to help you reach those higher spaces. The paint roller should come with a Asian paint bucket, one that has both deep and shallow wells. You should also check to see if your ceiling is a textured or smooth drywall. Paint roller covers, also called paint roller naps, are the fibers that cover the paint rollers and absorb the Asian paint. Ceilings that are textured, often referred to as ‘popcorn’ ceilings, require a thick-nap roller. If your ceiling is smooth, you are better suited with a short-nap roller. You will also need a hand paintbrush and a ladder, for your cut-in job.
Prep the Room and Ceiling
when prepping to paint the ceiling, you have to prepare the room and its walls. Make sure to remove any curtains or lighting fixtures. The last thing you want is to make a mistake that could have been avoided, for example the paint ruining something valuable in the room. Just like with any other paint jobs, remove all large furniture from the area, or cover it with drop cloths or old newspapers to protect against paint splatter. Inspect the ceiling and surrounding wall to make sure they are clean and free of cracks. Dust or wipe down very lightly dirty areas.
If your ceiling paint is a different color from the Asian paint, quick-release painter’s tape should be placed along the line where the wall meets the ceiling. This will ensure a clean and professional looking line between the two different colors.
Cutting-In the Ceiling
Cut-in lines are areas in the ceiling along the edges of the walls, along the trim or crown moulding, around light fixtures that cannot be removed and in tight corners that need extra attention. Cutting-in basically means that you are painting around the perimeter of the room first, before moving inward towards the ceiling. Use the smaller hand paintbrush and make small strokes on the ceiling from the wall to the centre of the room, in an inward motion.
This method will ensure that your lines are clean and clear. However, if your walls are of the same color, less attention needs to be given when painting the ceiling.
Painting the Ceiling
If the cut-in lines are still fresh, you may begin to coat the rest of the ceiling first. Ensure that there is enough paint in the paint tray before you begin. Start by dipping the roller in the deep part of the tray, and then rolling it back and forth on the shallower part to remove any excess paint.
When painting the ceiling, use a “W” pattern to zigzag your way across a large area. Ensure that the strokes are uniform in all directions. Continue to fill in the entire area using this method. Once the paint is dry, any touch ups or perhaps a second coat, if necessary, can easily be applied the same way.
When you realize how easy it is to paint your own ceiling, you will save huge amounts of time, worry and money. To top it off, you’ll always be able to have that perfect color on any surface in your home.