High ceilings are not the easiest to paint and they can make it just awkward enough to ruin your entire paint project.

There is no denying that freshly painted ceilings are just as important as the paint on your walls. It completes the entire painting project. Nothing says luxury more than a perfectly smooth, white ceiling.

So how exactly should you tackle the task of painting a ceiling that is high up? Well, with the right tools and tricks, you will be able to master the art of painting any ceiling! Here is how:

Tools for the job:

Painting a High Ceiling

Extension Pole for Paint Roller: This will be the most simplistic way to get that extra reach you are looking for. Be sure to get the right extension pole with enough length and stability, as they can get quite wonky and difficult to control if the ceiling is really high up.

Step Ladder: This is an preferred piece of equipment that can be very handy, but be very cautious when using a ladder. When picking a step ladder make sure that it is reliable and sturdy. As an extra precaution, have someone hold the ladder steady while you are painting.

Drop Sheets: Drop sheets should always be used when painting indoors, but they are especially important when painting ceilings. The obvious reason being that there is a higher likelihood of paint dripping or splattering on the floor. 

Getting the job done:

1. Prepare the room:

Ideally you would want to remove as much furniture out of the room as possible, if that is not an option you should make sure you adequately cover all furniture with drop sheets.

The entire floor area should also get covered with drop sheets, or at the very least the areas directly under the ceiling section being painted.

2. Use the right type of paint:

As mentioned, clean ceilings are a key feature to any room and you want to make sure that they are done properly. Don’t try to save money by picking a cheaper paint, rather stick to a high-end ceiling paint. Generally ceiling paint will have a matt finish, because the ceiling lights’ reflection can look quite odd on a shiny ceiling.

3. Clean the ceiling:

Make sure your ceiling is entirely cleaned and free of any dirt/dust. Ceilings can be washed with sugar soap. Allow it to dry properly before applying any paint.

4. Plan your execution:

Before you just start rolling away, it is advisable to plan in advance. This will ensure that you don’t overlap or accidentally double-coat any section of the ceiling. Keep in mind where you are going to use a step ladder and where an extension pole is necessary.

5. Get all your equipment ready :

Get all your rollers in place and carefully pour the paint into a paint tray. Set up and place your ladder.

6. Start rolling:

By now you are ready to get the job done and dusted. Don’t forget to wear old clothes/protective clothing, as you will probably end up with some paint on your clothes.

If the ceiling was previously painted, it does not need to be primed first.

Start with applying your first coat, being careful not to overlap any sections. You can follow with the second coat as soon as the first coat has dried (more or less after 4-8 hours). 

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