How to Paint a High Ceiling?

High ceilings give any place a feeling of spaciousness. They’re a lovely architectural element – until it’s time to repaint them. However, learning how to paint a high ceiling is possible, albeit it does necessitate the use of specific tools and some ability. If you don’t want to waste your free time climbing up and down ladders, hiring a professional house painter in Toronto may be the better option.

This guide is for DIY-ers who believe they can master the art of painting the ceiling. 

So, let’s get started.

Room Preparation Matters A Lot

One thing is for sure—you must first prepare the room before beginning to paint. Move as much as you can out of the area, and use drop cloths to cover any larger pieces of furniture and all of the floors. This will help prevent paint splatter from landing on your carpet or furnishings. 

It’s crucial to remember that if you’re going to paint your walls as well, you should start with the ceiling. This way, if any drips or splatters from painting the ceiling end up on the walls, you may cover them up when it’s time to paint the walls.

Make Use of A Sturdy, High-Quality Ladder

You may need to use a ladder to paint your ceiling if you have high ceilings. Some argue that scaffolding is preferable, but that is something best left to the specialists. Scaffolding is bulky, difficult to erect, and difficult to move. A good ladder will suffice for ease of usage.

This leads to one main question… 

What’s The Best Ladder to Use for This Job?

You can use an extension ladder to reach the ceiling from the ground floor or the landing of a staircase. For safety’s sake, make sure it’s at the proper angle. The base of a ladder should be located at “a quarter of the ladder’s operating length from a wall or other vertical surface”, according to our experts. The bottom of an 18-foot extension ladder, for example, should be 4½ feet from the wall.

The ladder’s top will lay just below the 18-foot ceiling. This allows you to lower yourself a few rungs and reach up to paint the sections of the ceiling that you can safely reach. To avoid any shaky crouching or extending to reach the surface, adjust the extension and angle of the ladder as needed. On an extension ladder, never stand at the very top.

Consider using a multipurpose ladder to operate on the ceilings above stairwells. Such versatile equipment can be used to operate securely on stairs, as extension ladders, or as scaffolding.


Don’t Forget to Buy Extension Handle with the Paint Roller 

Get an extension handle for your paint roller if you don’t have access to a ladder or just need a few more feet. Make sure you obtain the proper size; else, painting your ceiling will be quite tough. An extension will simplify the task, make it easier on your body, and help you get a more consistent outcome.

With a paint extension pole, you can take a step back from the wall and paint the entire length of the wall without having to bend or reach. It helps you maintain proper posture by keeping your body upright. The motion and weight of the roller are kept within your body’s core strength. You’ll be able to exert more control over the pressure you apply to the roller, resulting in fewer paint drips and roller markings.


Paint Color Selection 

This step itself is nerve-racking—not knowing what color theme to go with. You’ll also want to ensure that you choose the right type of paint. Ceilings don’t get painted as often, so it’s important to use ceiling paint for the job, as it’s specially formulated for ceilings and will make the job much easier. 


With a High Ceiling, Add Trim

Another way to utilize color with your high ceiling is to add trim around the perimeter of the room, below the crown molding. If you coat the crown molding and trim white, it will contrast wonderfully with the colors on the walls and ceiling.

A useful way to use trim to expand your color possibilities is to create a basic border of trim on the ceiling that follows the room’s perimeter. You’ll have two separate areas to paint on your ceiling as a result of this. Closer to the walls, the outside portion can be painted the same color as the walls, while the interior portion can be painted white or a different color.

Cleaning the Mess 

After you’ve finished working for the day, clean your brushes and close the paint cans right away. Remove the painter’s tape at a 45-degree angle once the ceiling is finished. This will assist you to avoid removing any fresh paint. (Removing painter’s tape becomes more difficult the longer it is left on). So, be very careful in this last step.

Why Not Leave the Job to Professionals?

Many people find painting high ceilings on their own to be a challenging task. As painting often necessitates the purchase of specialized equipment in order to complete the work, many individuals choose to employ professional painters to do it for them. 

Express Paint Toronto can assist you with getting your high ceiling repainted. It can be very unpleasant and even dangerous. It’s easy to trip over paint drips when looking up at the ceiling. We have all of the necessary equipment on hand, and our skilled painters will have your ceiling looking brand new in no time. 

We know how to paint ceilings in the most efficient manner possible with minimal mess and high-quality results. We can advise you on color schemes and innovative methods to personalize your space.

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