Painting Interior Ceilings

Many times, when I am meeting with a potential client, they ask me if they should have the ceilings painted. They feel they look fine, but they then ask for my opinion. My first question to them is, “Do you have the current touch up paint for the ceilings?” Most of the time, they respond that they do not.

It is my professional opinion that if you are going to have all of the walls painted, it is less costly to have the ceilings painted at the same time as the walls are being painted. It is extremely expensive to have your painter come back and paint the ceilings once the walls are already painted.

Many homeowners are not aware of the preparation and care we must take before a room is ready to have the ceilings painted. As you can see in the attached photos, everything must be covered in the room, including kitchen cabinets, furniture, built-ins, baseboards, doors, windows and floors. Before we paint any ceilings, if there are cracks in the drywall, this repair is also done before the ceiling is painted. When we paint ceilings, we usually use Sherwin Williams Eminence in flat finish. This product can be tinted to many colors, but it comes in a ceiling white.

When the paint is applied, we then use a brush to make the cuts around the lights and where the ceiling meets either the walls or the crown molding. We then use a roller to apply the paint to the ceilings. We never spray our ceilings and we always apply two coats of the finish coat of paint.

When you are hiring your next professional painting contractor for interior painting, you always want to make sure they protect your furnishings properly and make sure they have the proper equipment to handle your job. As you can see there are a lot of ladders of varying heights that we used on this project. For this project, all new floors were installed, so we took extra care in protecting the floors. We painted all ceilings, walls, crown moldings, baseboards, doors and casings.

In the last picture, you can see where the large wood front doors and the walls in the entrance foyer were also covered with plastic. The walls had a custom faux finish on them that needed extra protection and we made sure to provide that.

These are the finished images of this project. Beautiful! Thanks to Sherri Bradford from Vogue Interiors for adding her special touch to the interior design on this home.

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