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How to paint ceilings

Your ceilings can sometimes be overlooked; but with a gorgeous colour and a flawless finish you’ll give people a reason to look up and admire your handy work.

  1. All good projects begin with good preparation. So clear your area, lay down a drop sheet, then grab yourself a ladder, brush, tape, roller and extension pole and tray.

    Setting floodlights up below will make seeing where you’ve already painted easier.

  2. Begin by cleaning your ceiling. Remove cobwebs with a clean broom and wash the area with sugar soap. It’s true, no one enjoys cleaning but missing this step could spell trouble later on.

  3. Tape around cornices, edges and any downlights.

    Dulux Ceiling White is a flat white ceiling paint with excellent hiding power.

  4. Just like a vertical wall, begin by cutting-in where the roller won’t reach. Using a brush, paint around downlights and edges to create a border.

    Cut-in small areas at a time to ensure when you eventually paint with a roller it’s still wet and will blend smoothly.

  5. Once you’ve loaded your roller evenly, begin in one corner and move fluidly in a parallel motion. For best results, work in 1 metre sections painting across and then down. Roll as far into the previously brushed sections as possible for best results.

  6. Now that you’ve finished a large section of your ceiling, and while it’s still damp, you can begin laying-off the paint. This is a crucial step in achieving a smooth and consistent finish.
    Using an unloaded roller begin in the top left corner of your ceiling and gently pull towards you in a straight line with no pressure. A lightness of touch will prevent new brush strokes from forming. Repeat this action, only this time, slightly overlap your last movement so your roller rubs away the line created by the previous stroke.

  7. If your ceiling requires two coats, simply wait 2 hours for your first coat to dry then begin at step 4 and re-cut your ceiling.

  8. The only thing left to do is tidy up and enjoy the look of your beautiful ceiling.