The forgotten canvas right above our heads, the ceiling. The ceiling is just as important as the walls to elaborate on your style. 

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Properly painted ceilings can bring warmth or even open a room up. There are a variety of white paints, choose one with a slight warmth or a slightly calmer tone to complement the existing style of your home.

Take A Good Look

Examine your ceiling to determine if you have a textured ceiling or a smooth ceiling. For a textured ceiling, you will need a broader nap on your roller. For denser texture grab a nap roller ½ inch to ¾ inch and for a smooth surface, make sure to use a narrower nap roller.

Are you painting the ceiling in just one room or a few? The whole house? Have a plan before embarking on an endeavor such as this. Painting demands time, always more than expected; especially if you are on your own. If time is an issue, Select Painting has a reliable staff and provides free quotes! 


After the details have been hammered out, you can start to gather the supplies required to complete your ceiling. You will need at the very least:

  • Paint Primer – interior
  • Paint – flat interior
  • Stir stick – to mix paint
  • Dropcloth – cloth preferred for less slippage
  • Tape – quality tape for a quality finish
  • Roller – appropriate nap
  • Paint roller extension – get the shortest needed for your ceiling
  • Roller tray – once again quality tools are less frustrating
  • Stepladder – based on the height of your ceiling
  • Dish soap – cleaning up made easy
  • Paint tool – multi-tool for opening the paint can
  • Cloth – for clean up
  • Paintbrush – for cutting in

It’s essential to obtain the correct tools of the best quality you can get. You will thank yourself later for gathering the right tools for the job. 

Tape it, Tape it Real Good

Taping is the most crucial step for clean lines. If you are painting your walls after the ceiling, no need to tape the wall-ceiling angles, if you are only painting the ceiling, get ready for a bunch of stepping up and down a ladder.  

Use a good painters tape, such as a quick-release tape. Tape around any moldings if present, as well as ceiling vents. If you have a beam across your ceiling tape it off well, the angle may be a problem while painting. 

After you step off the ladder the last time, take a good gander at the room for any missed sections. It is always a good idea to have a friend join in the painting and the prep. After all, four eyes are better than two!

Drop it Like it’s Canvas

Is there furniture too heavy to move or do you need a cloth to cover the entirety of the room? 

It may be a good idea to enlist some help to move what you can to a different room as you go.  If you are painting in one place you only need to move the furniture twice, once out and once back in. 

Canvas is the method of cover used if you are looking for no slipping accidents. Plastic sheeting can result in a slip and fall, sometimes with paint flying everywhere! One room at a time, drape the canvas over the entirety of the floor. 

Prime Time

Primer is where the texture starts to matter. To prime a textured surface, you want to go with a high-build primer to conceal any imperfections and give it a paintable surface. 

Use the handy-dandy multi-tool to open your primer and stir with one of the paint sticks. You should now have the paint tray, the paintbrush, ladder, primer (high-build for the considerably textured walls), and cloth with dish soap for clean up.

Back to the ladder exercise! Go around the ceiling with the paintbrush to cut in the primer before using the large roller. Meticulous taping leads to shortened paint and primer application times, good thing it’s done! Instead of painting directly over your head, paint slightly in front of you. 

Slightly wet the roller, the paint soaks in better, and attach to the extension rod. You need primer, flat preferably in the paint tray then load the roller. Roll on the ceiling in straight motions, not the “v” motion for walls when you need more paint, feather out the edges where you left off. 

Painting Your Ceiling, Finally

After you have waited for the primers dry time, time to paint your ceiling. Get a new paintbrush or clean the used paintbrush thoroughly. Do the same with the paint tray. Use the multi-tool to open the paint can. 

Do the same technique as the primer, cutting in the paint with the brush. Clean the roller or get a new roller and start rolling on the color in straight lines, sections at a time. Applying the primer acts as a first coat; therefore, one coat of paint may suffice. 

Wait, Clean, Decorate!

After finishing, a flood of exhaustion and pride will fill your body. The painting part is only a tiny bit of the process; there is still tape to remove, canvas to collect, furniture to replace, and decor to add. 

Be sure to use a cloth and dish soap before the paint dries to clean up any mishaps. Remove the tape around the vents and edges of the ceiling. Put the lids back on the paint and primer cans and clean all your tools. 

You may need some muscle again, moving furniture back into the room. Then add the final touches, art pieces, a bookshelf, rugs, drapes, and some trinkets. Sounds like a lot of work, if you prefer stress-free painting call Select Painting to get the job done professionally and to your liking. We treat your home like our own!