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Painting A Ceiling

You’ve decided to update a room in your home. What color will you paint it? How will you renovate your décor?

For most homeowners, painting a room centers around these basic concepts. They head straight to the paint chips at the local hardware store, and focus in on color combinations for the walls.Painting A Ceiling

What about the ceiling? Its frequently overlooked, and can often go double or even triple the amount of time standard walls receive paint.

Yet ceilings can have a large effect on the overall ambiance and lighting of your room. Walls carry the color at eye level. Ceilings set the tone for the character of your home. Because ceilings are much more difficult to paint then walls, it is wise to carefully consider your options before painting, and know when to call in an expert to avoid the DIY look.

1. Texture

Look up at your ceiling before you start the project. Are they textured? Do you have an acoustic ceiling, better known as a popcorn ceiling? In order to fully cover a ceiling with lots of texture, spraying paint to fully cover is best. For this reason, a professional contractor who knows how to do the job is your best bet.

2. Drywall or Flat

Just because your ceiling is flat and smooth doesn’t mean its any easier to paint. Put on too much paint and you’ll find drip marks and uneven texture. If your ceiling has sustained damage, without properly fixing it first it will seep through your new paint job.

3. Proper Prep Work

For ceilings, they require a little extra work over standard walls. Thick nap rollers with extension poles are necessary rather than working with a brush to gain a smooth layer without bumps or bubbles. Move as much of the furniture and other décor out of the room before painting. What is left, thoroughly cover with drop clothes to prevent paint from dripping. Also make sure you cover all flooring with drop cloth rather than plastic, as plastic tends to bunch and shift, possibly leaving some areas exposed. You’ll also have to cover all windows, sills and floorboards. If its in the room, it risks being painted when it comes to painting a ceiling.

4. Choosing Color

Most people stick with standard white because they aren’t sure about adding color. Yet it is one of the best places to add color to change the tone and mood of the room. If you choose to stick with white, make sure it is a mellow shade of white in the eggshell line. Anything brighter will cause distraction throughout the room. Flat paint is best, because of its smooth viscosity and its ability to hide imperfections. If you have any questions about ceiling color, now is the time to rely on your professional painter. Because they work with color every day, they can help you choose the right color for the room and the ambiance you are looking for.

5. Blending

When it comes to the painting process, blending is best. A painter will always work in a zigzag motion to help even out the paint and provide a firm visual affect. With a proper primer, two coats is rarely necessary unless you are changing colors or are using a color that needs extra touch ups to create a smooth, finished look.

What color would you like your ceiling to be? Let us help you change the look of your room today.

Contact us about your Denver Interior House Painting ideas today.


Painting Water-Damaged Ceilings

Do you have unsightly, brown water stains on your ceiling?

Water damage can make your  ceiling look extremely unattractive, and this is when a paint job is in order.

Painting Water-Damaged CeilingsPainting ceilings is usually not an extremely difficult job, but when water damage is thrown in the mix, a simple paint job can become a project in itself. While water-damaged ceilings don’t need to be completely replaced, you must take care of the source of the leak first. Painting will then take more time and preparation than regular painting.

Here is how to safely paint ceilings that have water damage:

  • The first thing you should do is carefully inspect the ceiling. The drywall may be coming loose if the leak was substantial, so test to see if it’s loose. If it is, fasten it back into place with screws.
  • Before cleaning and painting, be sure to move furniture out of the way, and cover them with old sheets if you can’t move them.
  • Clean the ceiling thoroughly, making sure to remove mold and mildew. You can use a mixture of hot water, bleach, and dishwashing detergent. Clean using a sponge to blot the area with the solution, then rinse/blot with plain water. Allow the area to dry enough to paint; this can take up to two days.
  • Fill any gaps in with spackle, and allow it to dry completely.
  • Use primer that is quick-drying and oil-based. The oil will seal the stain into the existing paint layer, and then it can be painted over.
  • Dab the ceiling with waterproof paint. Avoid stroking the brush back and forth, as this can damage any ceiling texture. Dabbing also helps blend the new paint with your existing ceiling by producing a feathered effect. Be sure to apply two coats of paint.

Brown, splotchy water spots on your ceiling is unattractive to say the least. When the water damage to your ceiling is extensive, it may be a good idea to get a professional to do the prep work and painting job for you.