August 5th, 2014

Painting a Ceiling

Painting a ceiling is a project many homeowners take on after a renovation, or after refreshing a space. It’s a process that requires only a few hours of work and a handful of supplies. Second story or pitched ceilings require tall ladders and scaffolding—for those, you may consider hiring a professional. However, painting the average eight to ten feet high sheetrocked ceiling is a paint job anyone can tackle!

To begin, gather up your supplies: a tarp to protect the floor and/or furniture (plastic or canvas); an angled brush for cutting in the edges; a paint roller and pole attachment; 3/8″ nap paint roller cover; paint tray; Glidden DUO Paint + Primer in sheen of choice (flat is an excellent option).

If you have a popcorn ceiling you may wish to consider removing it with this DIY method or in partnership with a handyman service that specializes in removal (be sure to check for asbestos for any acoustic texture applied before 1980).

Glidden DUO Paint + Primer is formulated for excellent coverage on ceilings and walls. A flat sheen is recommended to avoid glare from windows. Prep the room by laying down a tarp to protect surfaces below from paint drips.


Cut in the edges of the ceiling with an angled brush to coat the the four edges and to allow room for the roller to cover the remainder of the ceiling.

cutting in

Once the edges are covered, run a roller dipped in paint across the surface of the ceiling to evenly coat it. Wait the required few hours and apply a second coat if necessary.

ceiling paint

Painting a ceiling is that easy. Enjoy the freshly painted surface!

I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Categories: How to Paint