If you have a faded popcorn ceiling, it can easily be restored with paint. Popcorn ceilings look challenging to paint, but they are actually simple to paint with a roller. Airless spray devices may be used, but they leave a bigger mess. Here are tip to paint a popcorn ceiling with a roller brush.
Prepare to Work
For this project, you need:
- work gloves
- dust mask
- feather duster
- painter's tape
- plastic coverings
- trim brush
- acoustic texture spray or powder texture mix
- paint tray
- segmented foam roller
Remove as many furniture items as possible from the room. Lay plastic over the floor, vents, and anything else that can't be moved. Cover outlets and trim with painter's tape.
Open a window to ventilate the area. Set a step-ladder on flat surface. Use the feather duster to clean debris from the ceiling.
Inspect the ceiling for damage before you paint, and fix small damaged areas 16 square-feet or less with spray acoustic texture. For larger damaged areas, you will need to apply a powdered texture mix.
Choose the Right Paint
If you don't want to draw attention to problem areas, opt for an acrylic matte finish paint. For high-humidity areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, a semi-gloss paint is ideal.
White is commonly the traditional color, since it places more focus on the walls and makes low ceilings look higher, but you may choose other colors. If your ceiling is high, a dark color makes it look lower.
Paint the Ceiling
Pour a large amount of paint in the tray. You may need to thin the paint with a half-quart of water.
Add a little bit of water at a time. To determine if the paint is thin enough, attempt pouring it through a funnel. If it doesn't pass easily through the funnel, add more water.
Buy a roller that has a large nap to absorb paint better. Ideal paint roller covers are made from lambskin wool or synthetic fibers.
Dip the roller in the paint, and apply paint to the ceiling beginning in one corner. Cover stains first with the same color, and let them dry. Paint the ceiling, and move in one direction. Avoid going back and forth, since it causes popcorn texture to peel.
If it needs an extra coat, after one direction wait for the first coat to dry. Dab extra paint off with the textured part of the paint tray. Use a trim brush to paint edges.
Let the paint dry, and move everything back in place. If you don't trust your skill, or you need exterior painting done, contact a paint service like J Maintenance Co.