How to paint a ceiling

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How to paint a ceiling

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Giving your ceiling a fresh coat of paint can help to transform any room in your home. We’ll take you through the basic equipment you need, how to cut-in and the best way to use a roller to get a professional looking finish.

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How to paint with a roller

When you’re painting a ceiling with a roller, keep the end of the roller facing the side of the surface that you have already cut in. This will make sure that the roller’s metal frame doesn’t damage your walls.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Stir your paint thoroughly
2 Cut-in the ceiling with your paint brush
3 Fill up the tray and apply paint to your roller
4 Start painting with your roller
5 Apply the second coat of paint
  • Step 1. Stir your paint thoroughly

    Start by laying out some drop sheets in the area you need to work. When you open your tin of ceiling paint, you might notice that the paint has separated. Use the paint stirrer to stir the paint thoroughly, so that all of the pigments are blended back to together. 

  • Step 2. Cut-in the ceiling with your paint brush

    Pour some paint into a bucket. This will make it easier than having to hold a full tin of paint when you’re up on the ladder. Use the paint brush start cutting-in the ceiling. This means painting the cornices and a section of the ceiling close to the cornices, where the roller won’t reach. Move around the room until you have finished cutting-in the entire ceiling.
  • Step 3. Fill up the tray and apply paint to your roller

    Pour some paint into the roller tray until it reaches the bottom of the grate. Attach the roller to the extension pole and dip the roller into the paint. Pull it up the grate two or three times until the roller is evenly coated with paint. Makes sure not to put too much paint on the roller or it will drip when you use it. 

  • Step 4. Start painting with your roller

    Place your roller about one metre out from the wall and make sure that the first stroke of is moving away from you. Paint with the roller in a W formation, so the paint is applied evenly. Keep painting until you have applied the first coat to the ceiling.
  • Step 5. Apply the second coat of paint

    Once the first coat of paint has dried, repeat the cutting-in process then use the roller to apply a second coat of paint. Continue using the W formation when using the roller so that the paint is evenly spread. Once you have finished painting, clean the paint brush and roller so that they’re ready to use again when you need them. 

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Buckets
  • Dust mask
  • Extension pole for roller
  • Ladder
  • Paint brush
  • Paint stirrer
  • Roller
  • Roller tray
  • Safety glasses

Materials

  • Drop sheets
  • Paint
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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