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How to Paint a Ceiling

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Ceilings are known as the fifth wall for a reason. A fresh coat of ceiling paint can quickly transform the ambience of an entire room.

But painting a ceiling can be tricky.

Fear not—we’re here to help. From picking the right tools to avoiding spills, we broke down everything you need to know to paint your ceiling like a pro. What’s more, our ceiling paint has high hiding power to get the job done in fewer coats, and it comes in a flat white finish that reflects light, brightening up any room and downplaying imperfections.

Read on for our foolproof tips on how to paint a ceiling to perfection.

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Ceiling Paint

The perfect flat white paint for ceilings. Designed for the easiest above-your-head application with minimal splatter, our premium, Zero VOC ceiling paint delivers smooth, uniform coverage and high-hiding power to conceal surface imperfections. Similar color to Snow Day.

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2. Prep your ceiling properly.

If you aren’t planning on painting your walls, apply Painter’s Washi Tape around the edges to protect your trim or walls. Apply your tape starting from the corner of a room, pressing down on the edges firmly to seal so paint doesn’t bleed through.

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Painter’s Washi Tape

Our premium painter’s tape, made of ultra-thin Japanese rice paper, helps you create crisp, clean lines and edges for a sharp finish.

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Take care to cover up your ceiling fans and light fixtures. Put down plenty of Drop Cloths to keep your furniture and floors safe from spills and splatters. Also make sure to dust your ceiling to clear away any dirt or debris.

When painting an entire room, always paint the ceiling first, and allow it to dry for 24 hours before painting your walls.

Clare | Paint Supplies | Plastic Drop Cloth

Plastic Drop Cloth

Made of durable, leak-proof plastic, our painter’s drop cloth protects your floors and furniture from paint spills and drips.

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3. Work around the edges.

Starting from a corner of the room, use your 2” Angled Brush to cut in a 3- to 4-inch wide section around the perimeter of the ceiling where it meets the wall. For this, you’ll want to use our Mini Tray, which is smaller than a paint gallon and easier to carry up and down the ladder.

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Mini Tray

Perfectly sized for use with our Mini Roller Frame, our reusable plastic Mini Tray holds your paint and makes it easy to evenly load your roller, so you get the perfect roll, every time.

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4. Roll out.

Next, start rolling onto the ceiling while your cut-in section is still wet. Work quickly in small sections, rolling forward, then backward so the paint doesn’t splatter. Skip the ladder for this step and use an extension pole instead, which makes it easier to reach the ceiling and move around the room faster.

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Extension Pole

A must-have for larger paint projects. Paint faster and more efficiently with our heavy-duty extension pole. It’s easily adjustable, so you can lose the ladder and paint with greater leverage, comfort, and control. Paint ceilings and reach even the highest walls, no sweat.

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Once you've finished a couple of sections, lightly go back over the paint with an unloaded roller to smooth it out. When it's dry, check to see if you missed any spots or if a second coat is necessary. (We highly recommend a second coat for the most professional look.)

When rolling a ceiling, make sure to roll across the room in one consistent direction. For the second coat, work in the opposite direction.

Let dry for at least 24 hours, and voila: you’ve got a beautifully painted ceiling.

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Roller Frame

Designed for maximum comfort and control, our 9” roller frame is equipped with a soft, comfortable grip, a lightweight handle, and ultra-smooth bearings for easy rolling and happy hands.

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Tricky ceilings? Not a problem.

1. Popcorn finishes (and other textures): Believe it or not, popcorn ceilings can be painted; you’ll just need to use a roller with a longer (¾”) nap, which picks up more paint to fill in those grooves. You’ll also need more paint to get into the grooves of a textured ceiling, so be sure to factor than in when calculating how much paint to buy

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Roller Cover

Meet the real MVP of a perfect paint job: our roller cover is the key for the smoothest application with a flawless-looking finish. Made of premium, German microfiber, our shed-resistant roller cover delivers even, efficient coverage with minimal splatter.

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2. Vaulted ceilings: Forget that it’s awkward; you can still paint your vaulted ceilings with a little extra effort. Paint from the ground instead of a ladder (though you’ll still want to cut into the corners with a ladder and brush) using a 9” roller and extension pole. Start at the highest point of the ceiling and simply work your way down in small straight lines.

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