Clean Ceiling and Walls
Remove dirt, dust, and grease (which can ruin a smooth finish) from ceiling and walls using water, a little mild detergent, and a sponge (cellulose). Now rinse walls and ceiling using clean water to remove all soap residue.
Cut in Around Edges
Beginning at a corner of the room, use a 2-inch or 2.5-inch trim brush to “cut in,” applying a 3-inch strip of coating along the perimeter where the ceiling and the wall meet.
Cut in a section at a time, shuffling between cutting in and painting the ceiling to keep a wet edge and prevent a visible line between the rest of the ceiling and the cut-in area.
Rolling the Ceiling
Remove surplus paint on the roller by gently rolling it back and forth over the elevations of the paint tray before you begin painting the ceiling. Start painting at the corner of the room, blending the paint coating toward the ceiling line previously painted. Paint across the ceiling width, rather than its length. To avoid straining your neck and back, roll in a motion across your body, instead of rolling along your body.
Painting the Walls
Return to the point where you began painting once the ceiling is dry. Carefully cut in along the wall-ceiling line using a trim brush. Extend out two to three inches from mouldings, doors, and windows. Use a roller to fill in the area once you’ve cut in around an entire wall area,
For better result, start in the corner of a wall and roll on a three-by-three-foot W pattern, then fill it in without lifting the roller. Continue in sections until you finish. Go one wall at a time.
Painting the Trim
Place a blue tape where the trim meets the wall once the walls are completely dry. Paint the baseboard, mouldings, and the window and door frames with a 2-inch angled brush. When painting your trim, paint the tops of the windows and doors first. Paint the baseboards last.
Visit our Gallery to see several paint colour ideas, and to see how they will look on your walls.