5 Mistakes To Avoid When Painting Your Ceiling in Denver Metro, CO

When you’re looking to repaint your home, it’s often the case that you look at walls in the different rooms as well as some of the painted or even stained furniture like the kitchen cabinets.

What people more rarely consider, however, is the ceiling — the fifth wall in the room, so to speak — as that is also a wall that needs to be painted, just that it’s less obvious in that people don’t spend a lot of time looking up at their ceiling to see if it needs a paint job or not.

Mistakes can cost you time and in the long run money when you are doing paintwork, particularly the kind that relates to painting your ceiling.

With that being the case, here are five mistakes to avoid when painting your ceiling in Denver Metro, CO.

1. Not Planning It Out In Advance

One of the most common mistakes that people make in a ceiling painting — quite possibly the biggest one, really — is to neglect planning it out in advance.

You can’t just decide one day that you’re going to paint your ceiling and then an hour later start painting — there is significant planning work that needs to go in ahead of time.

This work entails specifically knowing how much paint you’re going to need for the painting project and making sure that you have it, as well as getting the relevant equipment (drop cloths being included) and then estimating how long the project will take you so that you make sure that you have at least that amount of time available to do it.

2. Not Sanding Before Painting

One of the ways you can be sure that your ceiling painting project will not turn out as well as it should is to not sand your ceiling prior to painting it.

The smoother a surface, the more easily the paint goes onto it, and ultimately the longer it will last — a paint job that goes atop a smooth surface is considerably more durable than one that goes over a rough surface.

Sanding your ceiling is a critical step in the painting of your ceiling.

3. Assuming You Have To Paint It White

When people go to paint their ceiling, their default color choice is white because they assume that they have to paint their ceiling white — yet this is not at all the case.

There are many paint colors that you can use for your ceiling, and in some cases, your ceiling will look considerably better if you use those choices rather than using white.

Before you paint yourself into a corner as it were and stick with only one paint color, consider choosing one of the many other paint colors out there and seeing how it might look on your ceiling.

4. Trying To Make Your Own Scaffolding

Getting to the ceiling is an important part of the painting process, assuming that you don’t have any kind of extension handle for your paint roller.

That being the case, the absolute best thing you can do in terms of getting to the ceiling is to use a ladder, and limiting yourself to the rung beneath the top one as far as height goes — above that is considered dangerous territory by many.

Above all else, you should not think about using a makeshift scaffolding system that you build yourself out of flat surfaces and things like paint buckets — not only is this dangerous but it’s a lot more difficult to move than even a heavier ladder.

5. Using An Overly Long Extension Handle For Your Paint Roller

If you are going to use an extension handle for your paint roller, you should make sure that it is not too long.

The length should be just enough so that you can reach up to the ceiling without stretching out too much — but if you have a lot more than that, the weight of the extra extension will sit in the handle and make it difficult to use.

Don’t settle for just any painter when you can get the attention to detail and professionalism from Imhoff Fine Residential Painting in Denver Metro, CO. Call us today to speak with one of our professional color consultants.

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