It's sure nice to look up when your outside and you see the milky way on a warm summer evening with your spouse. But who wants to look up when you've lived in the same home for over ten years and hate cleaning and dusting like the rest of us. Life always gets in the way and ceilings are always on the long list of priorities. Dust, hair, moisture, smoke, and are general DNA all end up on the ceiling at some point. And how unsightly are patches of discoloured paint due to moisture on pop corn ceilings? Extremely gross when rings of different colours and patterns begin to form and paint begins to flake. Well there are two solutions; first is remove the popcorn and flatten the ceilings, or paint the popcorn. The first option is my personal preference but costs can be prohibitive. It's also terribly messy and will most likely interfere with your family life for a period of time. People will say that the mess will be contained but in my estimation it can take over a month for the 'dust to finally settle'.
So I'm just going to focus on painting over the popcorn ceiling for this blog. When preparing to paint a ceiling, popcorn or not, one thing should be front and centre on your mind, drop clothes. There's nothing that puts your family heirlooms or valuable at more risk, than laying a fresh coat of paint on your ceiling. Like everything in life preventative action lessens future problems. With that in mind I begin by taping of the adjacent walls or in some cases crown moulding. We want to isolate the ceiling by blocking it off from any other areas that we don't want to unintentionally paint. If you have a smooth ceiling wipe it down with a rag and very gentle soap, if it's a popcorn ceiling then dust the area for preparation. This is a crucial step because ceilings are not like walls, and there not very forgiving and having to redo them will leave you very frustrated. After cleaning you will have prevented dust from being stuck in the nap roller and improve the overall outcome. We will assume your going to use a roller with an extension to paint. Many pros do use paint guns to spray, but I will cover this in another blog.
So you have your rollers, extension of at least thirty six inches, drop clothes, a large size pan and corresponding tray. The technique here is more important than painting walls where all your trying to do is get perfect coverage, so read carefully. When painting popcorn ceilings,we are going to fill our nap roller with a good amount of paint, and begin to
slowly roll in only one direction. The reason this is so imperative is that the flakes in the popcorn can easily come loose if we are pushing in more than one direction and cause a big ugly mess. So you complete each line to the other end of the ceiling, before turning around and coming back the other way. Don't press to hard and don't roll to fast because gravity doesn't like people painting ceilings lol. Follow through with this method and your sure to have a professional looking outcome to your painting.
Now you can sit down, look up, and enjoy being inside your home with your spouse as much as being outside. Ok it's not the milky way but its still going to be very pretty.