Painting a ceiling can make a huge impact to a room that you are decorating and should never be overlooked, simply because you perceive it to be a more challenging, time-consuming or messy job...
Newly painted walls will only exaggerate a ceiling which is faded or marked, but it is difficult to paint a ceiling after the walls have been finished. For this reasons, always start a redecoration project by painting the ceiling.
In fact, the ceiling is one of the least difficult areas to paint if you follow some simple, common sense tips:
Step 1: Paint the coving first
If the room has coving, it makes sense to start painting this first as this will help to ensure a neater finish when you paint the ceiling. A wide oval brush is ideal for painting coving as the shape of the bristles will hug the curve of the coving more efficiently, giving you a consistent, neat finish first time. When painting the top of the coving, allow the brush to overlap the edge so that it paints the edge of the ceiling as well. When the job is complete. The ceiling and coving will blend smoothly.
Step 2: Use an extension pole
Painting a ceiling is much easier if you use an extension pole for your roller for several reasons. Firstly, it prevents you having to constantly climb down the stepladder in order to refill the roller and saves considerable time as a result. Secondly, you will be able to cover a much larger area by standing on the floor than having to work in cramped conditions at the top of a ladder, where you don’t have much freedom to move easily or to stretch to reach the next section of the ceiling. Finally, using a traditional roller on a ladder can cause discomfort in your neck and shoulders and also gives you a much better view of your work so you can ensure complete coverage.
Step 3: Select the correct equipment for the job
When using an extension pole, keep your arms close to your body and your shoulders low in order to roll the ceiling at the correct angle for a consistent, smooth finish. Using a double arm roller frame for your roller means you can achieve even pressure on the ceiling while you paint, unlike a conventional frame which often leaves an unintentional striped effect. Also, a large roller will enable you to cover the ceiling more quickly, thereby reducing the time spent painting.
By following these simple steps, you’ll paint your ceiling quickly and with a consistent finish which will add real class to your room.
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