If you’re doing any type of painting you know it’s not the most glamorous of tasks, but boy does it make a difference in how a room looks and feels. Did you know painting a ceiling can take that painted room to the next level? Yep. And I recommend you paint every room in your house PINK no matter the color scheme or style.
Ok. I don’t really mean pink, I mean pink then white. I installed a new light fixture in my kitchen and painted my kitchen ceiling in a flat white paint that started out pink but dried white.
See the difference?
Lemme tell you, I never want to paint my own ceiling again because ugh, it was a ton of work and VERY different from painting a wall, but boy did it brighten up my super dull ceiling.
Not to scare you away, because dollars are dollars and if you don’t have the funds to hire out a painter, you might as well do it yourself. I promise, you do want to paint your ceiling, but you don’t want a hot streaky mess on your hands if you don’t do it properly.
So here are my tips for getting the best of every room with a fresh coat of ceiling paint.
Tips for Painting Your Ceiling (Pink)
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If this is your first time, go ahead and get the pink ceiling paint. Several brands carry ceiling paint that goes on pink and dries white. I purchased Glidden Pink to White Ceiling Paint in the Grab-n-go White. (honestly, on accident, I got caught up talking to the Walmart paint guy while picking up my other paint supplies) I intended to try another brand
The pink ceiling paint helps you determine where you added paint and where you haven’t (unless you’re like me and have the dingiest ceilings in the world). I’m telling you, it’s like magic I honestly didn’t think I would need it, but even with my ½ white primed ½ dingy white ceilings, I needed that extra bit of pink to keep me from painting spots I’d already painted and those that still needed touch up.
This paint wasn’tt as thick as I would have liked so unfortunately, I had to do two coats. Next time I’ll use a one-coat ceiling paint like this one -which was the one I originally planned to try. That would have made light work of painting the ceiling for sure.
Paint Sheen Makes a D
One thing you want to make sure to do is
When you paint a ceiling white in a flat sheen, your ceiling seems higher and it makes the room brighter. Using a designated ceiling paint will guarantee you pick the right sheen.
Flat wall paint can be a good substitute if you already have that on hand and it’s the right color. BUT you’ll be taking a gamble on a million touch ups if you use white paint.
Do you need a primer when you use color changing paint?
I know you want to get out of doing extra work. I totally get it
But whether you need a primer on your ceiling depends on the paint and the ceiling. If you’re painting a dark colored ceiling white, I would definitely use a separate primer coat. (This is my fave). If you’re just painting white on white, you might be able to get away with a simple no-primer ceiling paint, but I usually go with a paint-and-primer-in-one product. I would not use a paint-and-primer-in-one on a dark colored ceiling you’re trying to take white.
Best supplies for painting ceilings.
Even when you’re on a budget I always recommend buying the best supplies you can afford. Quality brushes, rollers and even painter’s tape save you a lot of headache. This NOT the time for dollar store hauls.
- Good Quality Paint, Preferably one that dries from pink to white
- Quality Primer or Paint in Primer Combo
- Ceiling Roller Sheild
- Quality Soft Bristle Brushes my favorites are the Wooster Short Cut and Purdy 2” angle
- Paint Tray.
3/8” Nap Roller
Extension pole (or broom handle)
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Other tips for getting a beautiful streak free ceiling
- You still want to cut in and roll like you would on a wall. Just be sure to seal your tape before painting to avoid bleeding your new ceiling paint onto your walls.
- If you’re painting the walls as well, paint the ceiling first.
- Use a high nap roller. You want a lot of paint on that ceiling so get a good roller to help you do that fast.
- Don’t waste your money on an extension pole if you don’t have high ceilings. Girl, go get your broom handle and screw it into this paint shield. Save your coins for a new plant or something.
- I skipped putting down a drop cloth in my kitchen, but if you’re painting a room with carpet you’ll need one.
- Make sure you stir the paint very well. The paint will look almost neon pink when you open the can. Stir until it becomes pastel.
- Use nice even strokes, to avoid thick lap marks and streaking.
- If you must do two coats, do them in the opposite direction. (i.e. if you painted north to south paint east to west on the second coat)
So there, go paint your ceiling, use some pink paint to help you get it right and make your next room makeover amazing.