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A fresh coat of paint gives any room a new look with little investment of money or time. Beyond walls, of course, the ceiling plays a big role in the room’s fresh appearance and marketability. Before shopping for paint, however, it is important to familiarize oneself with the different finishes available, as not all are designed for use on ceilings. In addition, due to the height and overhead nature of the ceiling, a few tools and accessories are recommended.
Early decisions include determining the square footage of the area to be painted, as well as the number of coats of paint desired. If they choose, homeowners can begin the project with a layer of base coat that can protect the ceiling from unwanted and destructive moisture. After that, one or two coats of paint can be applied based on the owner’s preference.
A basic familiarity with the process of painting a ceiling, including the tools that make it both successful and more effortless, is recommended before undertaking the project. Depending on the level of comfort, a buyer may also want to invest in such time-saving tools such as extender poles and edgers. A basic knowledge of paint roller nap sizes, paint brush composition, and drop cloth needs is beneficial as the painter moves to purchase, either at a convenient one-stop shop like eBay or at big box hardware or paint specialty store.
Reasons to Paint a Ceiling
Before putting their homes on the market, many homeowners first want to give the house an updated look. One of the quickest and easiest ways to do this is with paint. Updating the appearance of a room’s walls and ceiling is far less expensive than a whole house remodel, including investments in new flooring, carpet, furniture, or art. Painting is quicker and easier to accomplish.
Reasons to paint a room, and a ceiling, in particular, include not only increasing a home’s real estate value, but also providing an emotional lift to the residents of the home. Buyers, too, are sure to notice the feel of the home, including the comfort and elegance of each individual room. Paint, therefore, is a way to give the house a warm and welcoming feeling, set by the colors and moods.
Painting covers dirt, scuffs, and signs of wear. The right product can further withstand dust and dirt, lending protection to walls and ceilings from such things as moisture and more. Finally, the use of low - VOC paints promotes indoor air health by reducing fumes and odor from other types of paint, so that families
can breathe easier when updating their homes.
Selecting the Right Ceiling Paint
There is a reason the majority of ceilings are painted white, and it has to do with the psychology of color. In emotionally connotative terms, the color white conveys such things as air, light, truth, simplicity, purity, sterility, and youth. Off-white colors are often appropriate, too, with a pale gray suggesting balance, elegance, stability, and subtlety, and a more yellow tone delivering a feel of happiness, energy, and optimism.
Another important consideration in painting a ceiling is the finish of the paint. Finishes can range from the very flat to the very glossy, with each appropriate for different uses. Homeowners often choose satin or semi - gloss surfaces for their walls, due to their ease in cleaning.
However, when it comes to overhead surfaces, a matte, flat, or eggshell finish is often recommended. Although dull surfaces do not clean as easily, this becomes something of a moot point with a ceiling. Additionally, should touch ups be required, mars or spots on flat and matte surfaces are easy to paint over. With the majority of walls shimmering to some extent, the ceiling’s velvety finish gives the room a more elegant and traditional feel.
To make the decision even easier, a homeowner should select paint specifically made for ceilings.
Selecting the Right Rollers to Paint a Ceiling
In painting walls, the right brushes and rollers make all the difference, and the same is certainly true with ceilings. The primary applicator will be the paint roller, thereby making its selection especially important. Not only does a quality roller boost the look of the ceiling paint, it also improves the product’s application and lowers the amount of time it takes to complete the project.
Whether painting walls or ceilings, foam rollers are seldom a good choice due to the air bubbles inherent in their delivery; rather, a painter should choose a nap-style roller for the smoothest delivery and most satisfying appearance. In terms of composition, homeowners should look for a roller with a core of plastic rather than cardboard; this way, the roller will be resistant to moisture and maintain its shape through multiple uses.
Paint roller nap sizes range from 1/4 to 1/2 inches in length. When painting a ceiling, the selection of a roller nap size depends on the surface of the ceiling. In general, a ceiling with a matte, flat, or eggshell finish calls for a roller nap of between 3/8 and 5/16 inches. If the ceiling is more textured, however, a longer nap may be called for.