Home renovations blog: Tips for injecting life into your ceiling

By the resi financial blog team, 19 September 2014

Home renovations blog: Tips for injecting life into your ceiling

One aspect of the modern home that can be neglected and ignored during a home renovation is the ceiling. People are often so busy refinancing their home loan and making sure everything else is being taken care of that they forget to look up and see the drab, boring ceiling they have in their home. 

Luckily, you don't need to hire professional help to paint your ceiling - it's possible to paint this part of your home yourself, if you have the right knowledge. If you've never done this before, it can be a daunting experience. But don't worry, here are some tips to help make your ceiling look professionally painted. 

Don't be afraid to embrace some personality

While most people decide to stick with traditional white or cream colours for their ceiling, there's no set rule about this. 

Instead, look for shades and hues that suit your own taste and personality, whether it's black, duck-egg blue or a cool purple. Tie the ceiling into your room's overall design and make it a complimentary feature rather than a standard addition. 

There's also the option of painting the ceiling the same colour as your walls, which helps to tie the room together and give it a sophisticated, crisp look. This allows your furniture to become a focal point and really pop, especially paired with cool coloured carpet or wooden floors.

Look after your floor and walls

Before you start painting, be sure to put tape around the edges of your walls. This will stop the colour from running and bleeding too much, which could cause a nightmare if you've recently painted the edges or skirting boards.

Put down newspaper or old sheets to keep your floor clean and clear before getting to work. Nothing will ruin carpet or your hardwood floor like paint drips from the ceiling, so taking precautions is the best way to avoid this. 

Naturally, you'll want to remove furniture and other objects from the room as well. For larger items that are a bit harder to move, consider using some drop sheets to prevent stray pain drips or cleaning materials. 

Safety first

Always try and work with another person when painting the ceiling, especially if you're not a skilled labourer by trade. Having your head craned upwards on a ladder for extended periods of time can be disorienting, so having someone there to steady the ladder and keep you grounded is a must. There's also the added danger of working with chemicals like paint stripper and primer.

Getting the help of a friend or family member will also make the job go a lot quicker. Having someone there to refill your paint tray or wash brushes when needed will shave lots of time off the process. 

Preparation will be key

Before you even consider painting, make sure you invest in a good quality primer and apply a generous coat. For homes that suffer from a lot of moisture, make sure you pick a primer and paint that can prevent mould. Depending on the products you've used, it might only take one coat of paint if you've used a quality primer - cutting down on the time you spend on your home renovation project!

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