Top 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Painting the Ceiling

Top 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Painting the Ceiling

Painting your ceiling can be one of the easiest upgrades, but because of the elevation and contortion it requires, it can be more challenging to complete, and the chance of error is higher. 

Whether you're looking to spruce up your home or sell in the future, the Get Fresh Paint team has some common mistakes that can happen during this process and a list of ways to avoid them.

1. Unclean Surfaces

When you first glance at your ceiling, it might look smooth and without any buildup or debris, but if you have any lighting fixtures or molding, dirt can get trapped in these spaces. 

Paint needs a clean surface to adhere to, so make sure that you wipe the area down with a damp cloth and allow it to fully dry before applying any primers or paint.

2. Not Protecting the Items in the Room

Another mistake that can be costly is not removing any items in the area that the paint can damage. It only takes one big drip of paint to turn your clean carpets into a huge clean-up project

Taking the time to lay down a cover over your flooring and remove any fixtures or furniture in the area can help prevent any unforeseen accidental drips.

3. Getting the Wrong Paint

When it comes to any aspect of house painting, you want to ensure you get the right kind of paint. Only some types can be used on each surface, and paint for the exterior is not the right type for the interior areas of your home. Always use a primer because it will be a stain barrier and require less paint because, in most cases, you can complete it with only one coat.

To get consistency and the right texture, you need paint designed for your ceiling, so keep this in mind when looking at products.

4. Not Preparing for the Job

Painting your ceiling is no small job, so one of the biggest mistakes is not preparing properly before starting the work. Having a plan with steps in place will ensure you have enough time and help reduce effort from needing to redo or change something at the last minute.

Take the time to repair or patch holes, clean the surface, and get your supplies on hand so you don't have to make that last-minute trip to the hardware store for extra painter's tape or rollers.

5. Using Ladders That Are Not Safe 

Another aspect of painting the ceiling is needing to utilize scaffolding or ladders. Some people may choose to stack chairs or make a DIY ladder, but this can result in possible injuries if you lose your balance.

Using appropriate hardware like secure ladders or even purchasing an extender for the roller can help remove some risks.

6. Going Overboard with Color 

Color is fantastic, and while dramatic might seem like a good idea at the time, changing your mind can become a massive headache once it's on the ceiling. Always test out your paint colors on the surface before completing the application because this will give you a better idea of whether they will be a good match for your home and your style.

7. Not Removing the Popcorn Ceiling 

Let's talk about popcorn ceilings; from the 1940s to the 1990s, it's no secret they were a popular choice, and many homes still have them installed. The truth is, the rough texture is going to make your painting project that much more challenging, and if you're planning on selling your home in the near future, it can be a massive turn-off to potential buyers.

Working with a professional removal provider can allow for a more modern feel, easier application process, and increased property value! 

For Exceptional Services in MN, Choose Get Fresh Paint!

Painting your ceiling can help enhance the room's aesthetics and increase the value of your home, so if you are looking for professional painters, Get Fresh Paint has you covered. 

We have provided our community with exceptional services in areas ranging from crown molding installation to cabinet painting for over 15 years in Minnesota.

We offer a high-quality professional experience to our client's trust, so contact us online or call us at 612-325-1409 today for your free quote.