Interior House Painting: Ceilings

Theater Room and Entry with Spiral Staircase


When it’s time to redo the décor of your home, paint is one of the first steps that come to mind. While the walls do play an important role, another essential area to look at when painting your home is the ceiling. In addition to covering your head, the ceiling also plays a major role in your home’s interior décor. A paint job that ensures your ceiling matches your walls is important.

Painting your ceiling is certainly not as easy as painting your walls. Ceilings can be hard to reach and various types of surfaces require unique preparation methods and oftentimes different types of paint. Even though wood is the most common material used in ceilings, metal, tile, and plaster are also sometimes used. A faster drying paint is also preferable due to a ceiling’s position. 

Factors To Consider When Painting Your Ceiling

Painting a ceiling is different from painting a regular wall. The surface can be smooth or textured and the ceiling itself can be made from wood, pressed metal, or even a combination of plaster and lath. These materials require different preparation methods and the same type of paint will not work equally well on all surfaces.

Smoking, water leaks, and other factors can contribute to stains. This is why prepping the surface is important. In addition to ensuring the ceiling is clean, patch up work along with a coat of primer is a good way to help block stains. Patching and priming allow you to get rid of stains before you apply the first layer of paint.

If your ceiling has been painted before, it may be a good idea to sand it first as well. A simple 100-grit sanding paper will do just fine. This allows for a smoother application of paint and may even help to improve the paint’s ability to bond to the surface. Dust should be removed from the ceiling after sanding since any leftover dust may cause problems with the paint.

Another important step to consider when preparing to paint a ceiling is to begin your paint job by “cutting in.” This means using a brush to apply paint to the sides of the ceiling first so that your roller doesn’t cause paint to touch your walls. It is a good idea to cut in in small parts and then use the roller, alternating between the two. This allows the paint to blend at a much better level.

Painting a ceiling is a tough job. That is why many people have opted for hiring AllPro Painters when they are looking for professional painting services in Las Vegas, NV, and the surrounding area. If you want your ceiling painted, we will give you a free color consultation to help you choose the perfect color. We will handle everything from prepping the surface to finishing the paint job.