How to Paint Corners and Walls Near a Ceiling

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A fresh coat of paint definitely updates and brightens the interior of your home in Omaha, Nebraska more than any other decorating technique. If you’ve ever tried a DIY approach at painting the interior of your house, you must have had trouble painting the tight corners and walls near the ceiling without getting paint on the ceiling.

Corners can prove tricky since it’s difficult to reach these with a paint roller without getting streaks of paint on the ceiling. However, with the right paint brush and correct techniques, you can paint even coats in those corners and walls near the ceiling without making a mess.

If you want to avoid time-consuming and unnecessary touch-ups on the ceiling after painting your walls, consider the following techniques:

Cover the Floor and Furniture
First, remove all the items that can be removed from the room including wall hangings and décor, furniture and appliances. Anything else that cannot be moved, should be covered, including the floor using plastic sheets to avoid spilling paint on them. Electronic switch plates and any other outputs should be covered too before painting can begin.

Paint the Ceiling First
If you plan to paint your ceiling along with your walls, you should start with your ceiling. This is because painting the ceiling is much more difficult and you’re more likely to make mistakes than when painting the wall. In addition, if you paint the walls first, paint from the ceiling may drip into the walls. You don’t want to spend too much time doing touch-ups after the paint job.

Once you’re done with the ceiling, give it time to dry before applying a painter’s tape. Applying the tape on a partially dry surface will cause the paint to come off. The time required for complete drying will depend on the product used, but it can be anywhere between 2 to 5 hours.

Apply the Painter’s Tape
Start by covering the ceiling near the wall using a painter’s tape. You should probably apply the tape in sizes of 2-3 feet. Longer strips can be difficult to align. Place one end of the first strip in the corner of the ceiling where the ceiling meets the wall and press it flat against the ceiling. Make sure there’re no pockets of air which might allow the paint to sip under the tape. Apply as many strips as necessary; after you’re done, you should have a ring of tape around your ceiling.

Paint Along the Tape Using an Angled Brush
Pour about 500ml of the paint in a small bucket or container. Using an angled brush, dip it in the paint, with most of the paint at the 1-inch bottom end of the paint brush. A bulkier brush could rub the excess paint against the ceiling. A flat angled paintbrush will ensure that no accidental paint gets to the ceiling as you paint along the tape.

Lay your paintbrush flat against the wall, starting at a corner of the room. The bottom edge of the brush should just barely touch the painter’s tape to ensure that the paint extends up to the highest point of the wall. Use the paintbrush to paint a section of 5cm from the top of the wall. This will allow you to paint the rest of the wall using a roller with ease.

The process of painting along the entire perimeter of the room is known as “cutting in” which is commonly used by pro painters when applying paint to tight spaces like this. In the end, you should have a painted strip of 5cm all around the top of the wall. Paint the rest of the room, as usual, using a paint roller.

Bottom Line
Painting walls and corners near a ceiling can be quite tricky to any first-time or inexperienced painter. With the above guidelines, it should be relatively easy to paint the corner and walls close to the ceiling without making a mess to the ceiling. If you’re unsure you can make it, you should probably hire a professional painting contractor in Omaha, Nebraska for help.