Update a room by painting the ceiling a new color. Whether you need to fix a bad paint job or want to create an accent ceiling, a fresh paint job can help.

How to Paint Ceilings Quickly and Easily

Update a room by painting the ceiling a new color. Whether you need to fix a bad paint job or want to create an accent ceiling, a fresh paint job can help.

DIFFICULTY: Easy

Overview

Painting ceilings can be a literal pain in the neck, but it’s a great way to freshen up a room. In our 100+ year old home, the walls have sported dozens of different colors over the years, and most of our ceilings have stray brush and roller marks in a rainbow of colors. Obviously, this detracts from the new paint throughout the house.

1

Prep surface

Fortunately, it’s become a lot easier in recent years to paint ceilings thanks to new paints and tools. One of my favorites is Wagner’s SMART Roller (Learn more here). The handle extends to hold your paint so you don’t have to constantly step off a ladder to reload your roller--in fact, I can paint a standard 8’ ceiling without even needing a ladder!

Start your paint project by prepping your surface. With ceilings, this usually means placing dropcloths on horizontal surface and the floor, and removing or taping around light fixtures and air vents.

Update a room by painting the ceiling a new color. Whether you need to fix a bad paint job or want to create an accent ceiling, a fresh paint job can help.
2

Fill roller

Now, put the fill tube into your paint can and pull back on the plunger to fill the roller with paint.

Update a room by painting the ceiling a new color. Whether you need to fix a bad paint job or want to create an accent ceiling, a fresh paint job can help.
3

Roll ceiling

I highly recommend that you use a paint that’s designed specifically for ceilings. You’ll notice that brush and roller lines are minimal. The one I like goes on with a slight purple tint that fades to white as the paint dries; this lets me see if I’ve missed any spots.

As your roller gets dry, just pull the trigger on the SMART roller’s handle to release more paint.

Since the SMART roller can cover around 70sf with one fill, you’ll find that your painting only takes about half as long as it does with a traditional roller. That makes it easy for me to knock out several rooms at a time!

Update a room by painting the ceiling a new color. Whether you need to fix a bad paint job or want to create an accent ceiling, a fresh paint job can help.
4

Paint edges

The last step is to finish the edges with a detail brush (this is the only time I find myself on a ladder, thankfully!). If you’re going to paint the walls, too, it’s easiest to paint the ceiling first and then the walls.

Update a room by painting the ceiling a new color. Whether you need to fix a bad paint job or want to create an accent ceiling, a fresh paint job can help.
5

Clean up

Clean up is easy: just connect the SMART roller to the fill tube and push any remaining paint back into the can. Then unclip the roller arm and remove it (I throw them away and just use a new roller with every paint job, but you can rinse the roller and reuse it). Flush with water until it's clean.

Update a room by painting the ceiling a new color. Whether you need to fix a bad paint job or want to create an accent ceiling, a fresh paint job can help.
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More info

That’s all there is to it--the SMART roller makes it a quick and easy job! This sponsored post was created by 11 Magnolia Lane. For more details or to see more of our laundry room, visit us at 11MagnoliaLane.com.

Update a room by painting the ceiling a new color. Whether you need to fix a bad paint job or want to create an accent ceiling, a fresh paint job can help.
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