Tips for Painting the Ceilings in your Home

Interior Painting 11/02/2019

Painting your house can be a challenging and rewarding experience all rolled into one. It is also a great way to spend some quality time with your family while taking ownership over the look of your home.

While professionals like those at Elite Trade Painting have completed countless home makeover projects, we also endorse those that want to tackle paint jobs on their own and are eager to provide tips to make your life that much easier.

As you approach your new interior painting project, you will soon find out that painting a ceiling can be one of the most challenging and frustrating parts of the job.

Below are a few tips to get you started.

Sand your Ceiling

Similar to other walls in your home, it is imperative that you prepare your ceiling for paint before actually applying it. By sanding your ceiling, you are setting yourself up for a smooth and flawless look upon project completion.

To get the best results (and to avoid straining your neck), use a sanding pole. When you are done, be sure to wipe away all dust with a damp rag or sponge before starting to paint.

Buy Special, Quality Paint

Like with any paint project in your home, you should not pinch pennies when choosing ceiling paint. More expensive paint is more expensive for a reason, and nearly every time it is worth it. As you are shopping around for ceiling paint, try not to get scared off by price tags. Instead, compare options and speak to experts to get the right paint for you.

Further, there is special paint that is meant exclusively for ceilings. This style doesn’t spatter, dries slowly, and is not glossy – all factors you want in your ceiling paint.

Use a Roller and Proper Rolling Technique

Your first step in painting your ceiling should be to cut in the edges where the ceiling meets the wall. From there, though, you should be exclusively using a roller.

With your roller, you want to work in a grid like pattern. This will allow you to get the smoothest, most consistent coat on the ceiling.

You should try and move quickly so that the outer portions of each “grid” section you have painted are still wet as you press forward to the next. This will eliminate inconsistencies and strange marks between sections.

As far as rollers themselves go, you should invest in a nice lambswool cover.

The ultimate goal when painting is to apply the most amount of paint on a surface in the shortest amount of time, especially for ceilings.

Lambswool covers are the best for this. While a bit more expensive, they also have a longer lifespan if you take care of them properly.


Painting ceilings can be a challenging process, but it comes with its own distinct level of satisfaction.

While our team at Elite Trade Painters would be more than happy to tackle this type of project for you, we also thoroughly enjoy supporting homeowners in taking on projects all their own.

Whether you are looking for a professional painter or just a few tips to get started, stop in and visit us today. We’re always happy to help!

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