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Friday, February 18, 2011

The 5th Wall - Painting A Ceiling

Just when I thought I was done telling you about the changes I made to the dining room, I realized that I failed to mention the 5th wall.  How dare I?!  I mentioned that I painted it, but I didn't give you deets.  Not that it's all that interesting, but I do have a couple of tips that may help you take on your own ceilings (if you choose to paint them).

Painting a ceiling is my least favorite DIY project.  It's right after removing wall paper, for me anyway.  I do always love the results though.  I don't think I've ever met a painted ceiling that I didn't love!  That's saying something!  So, here's how I get the job done while trying to avoid the neck cramp it can usually give you.

First off, you want to use a flat paint.  It's the easiest paint to use on a ceiling (especially for a DIY'er).  Even the painting pros prefer a flat finish on a ceiling.  I chose Macadamia by Martha Stewart matched to Behr after taping the swatch to the ceiling and examining how it looked at different times of the day.  Then I used a short handled angled brush to cut in around the crown moulding.  I prefer not to use tape unless absolutely necessary.  A short handled brush gives you much better control.  Then I use a foam roller.


Now, I usually use a larger foam roller.  Unfortunately, it was after 8 p.m. and snowing when I started this project, and I didn't have a larger roller on hand.  I had planned to wait until the next day to paint the ceiling.  When I realized I had to wait between coats while stenciling, I made a last minute decision and decided to go ahead and knock out both projects at the same time.  So, it took a little longer because of this small roller.  Anyhow, the whole point is that I use a foam roller.  That's the important part.  I found after many painted ceiling projects that when you use a foam roller you get a very smooth application.  In addition the foam roller doesn't weigh as much as a regular paint roller, so your arm doesn't get as tired reaching above your head which also helps to ward off a neck cramp.

I also roll off some of the paint on a few dry paper towels so that the roller is somewhat dry.  This way you don't have to worry about any paint spatter.  I didn't use a drop cloth and didn't have one paint drip!  I applied 2 coats using this somewhat dry roller method.

Here's a closer look at the results.



I love the color!  I love how a painted ceiling adds so much to a room.  It adds a nice glow and highlights the crown moulding.  It just add a nice finishing touch, although this room isn't quite finished yet.  I mean really, is it ever "finished"?!


Did you see my note on the door?  Yep, that door is going to be replaced with a black french style bi-swing door!  I'm so excited!  It's not happening anytime soon, but it's definitely happening!  I hope it looks as great as I've imagined it in my head.  Speaking of black, do you think I should paint it a high-gloss black or satin?  I'm not sure yet?  I'd love your to hear your thoughts!  Oh, and if you have any great ceiling painting tips, please share with the class!

Have a great weekend!  No school on Monday means mommy gets a 3-day weekend!  Woo to the hoo!




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20 comments:

  1. This is a project I need to tackle for our laundry room, so thanks for the pointers!

    As for the door paint, I vote satin. We have hi-gloss molding in the bathroom (great for cleaning) but it always looks wet. Bleh. I'll probably repaint it satin. Someday.

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  2. HIGH GLOSS. :-) That's my vote. I just think it's chic and stylish. The ceiling looks great, and I agree that it really highlights the crown molding and gives a perfect glow. Well done! Have you ever painted a ceiling more of a color instead of a shade of white? I think I'm going to wallpaper a ceiling or at least paint a ceiling a color in our next house.
    abby

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  3. love a painted ceiling! we've chosen a couple of shades lighter than our wall color..staying in the gray family.
    i vote high gloss for the door! busy door means lots of finger prints.. easier to keep clean!

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  4. Looks great! I HATE painting ceilings (and taking wallpaper down!) too. Problem is I change my paint colors too much so white ceilings are safer for me ;)
    As for the door, I've never done hgh gloss ( usually do semi) but I do like the glossy look on trim/doors, and I like that it helps with the cleanup since those places get dirty faster.

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  5. Your room is gorgeous and the ceiling looks fabulous. I also vote for Satin. I think it is the best look. Hugs, Marty

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  6. I remember when I first started following your blog MONTHS AND MONTHS ago. I actually saved pictures of your dining room as design inspiration because I thought it looked that great. And I am awe struck at how much better it looks now! Can't wait to see what you do with your house next!

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  7. I really like that MS color! Looks great on the ceiling!

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  8. Beautiful job. I painted our tiny guest room ceiling pale blue and I think it opens it up.
    Good tips.
    Mary Ann

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  9. I love painted ceilings and yours looks fantastic :)

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  10. You did a great job! Love the color! I also hate painting ceilings!! Thanks for the tips!

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  11. Looks amazing. braver than I my friend. I love the idea of the french door. That will be beautiful.

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  12. Ooooh looks good! I had no choice but to paint the Pepto Bismol ceiling in our guest bedroom... it was a chore, so kudos to you for undertaking it! It definitely paid off : )

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  13. Hello!! I just stumbled across your blog and goodness me I adore it :0) I cant wait to see what you're up to next. We just bout our first house this past summer and have been having a blast fixing it up (veeery slowly haha)

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  14. Thanks for this helpful info Carmel! I really hope we have flat ceilings in our next house b/c I do loooove the look of a painted ceiling! We do have two painted ceilings currently here at Windy Poplars, but boy, were they a pain (we having stalactite ceilings). Yours came out just beautifully!

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  15. I love the ceiling- Mine are not smooth, but I do need to get them painted- I don't think they have been done since the house was built.

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  16. Love the post- I am going to repaint my ceilings this weekend! Your blog is very inspirational, and I love the photos, you make home decorating look beautiful and fun. Painting ceilings is generally the most awkward of all painting situations, but it truly does open up a room!

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  19. love a painted ceiling! we've chosen a couple of shades lighter than our wall color..staying in the gray family.
    i vote high gloss for the door! busy door means lots of finger prints.. easier to keep clean!

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