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Sunday, November 09, 2008

How To Brighten Your Faded Ceilings

One of the easiest ways to brighten up the rooms in your home is to paint your ceilings. After 4 or 5 years in a home, a quick coat of paint on the ceilings makes a huge difference. You just don’t realize how faded and discolored they can become over time. Smoke from the kitchen and heating unit adds up and because ceilings are usually painted with a flat paint they tend to fade after a few years.  Here are some tips on how to add new life to your ceiling.



  1. Begin by moving your furniture out from the walls enough to maneuver the ladder around the room. Then cover everything with drops. Cheap plastic drops work well for this. A canvas drop 3’ wide works very well around the outside of the room, moving it as you go. You just have to be sure that all of the floor area underneath the roller is covered, because no matter how hard you try your going to drop some.
  2. Paint the air conditioning vent. These are almost always white but of course that’s up to you. That paint will dry quick enough for you to brush around it before you roll the rest of the ceiling. If you have any stains you will want to spray them having fixed whatever caused them.
  3. Now your ready to brush (cut in) around the outside edge of the room, the vent and the light. Your can either unscrew the light fixture cover and let it hang or just cut in around it. If your not planning on painting your walls at this time you might want to consider taping plastic drops over the walls. If there is a washable paint on them you could probably get by with a wet rag. If you feel like your pretty handy with a brush and roller your probably ok using them.
  4. Now your ready to roll. It’s so much easier to work out of a 5 gallon bucket with a screen than a roller pan. Ceiling paint is usually very thick and it does not need to be thinned down. After a couple of hours it should be dry enough to tell if you left any spots. It’s not hard to miss a little bit here and there so be sure it’s all covered before you start putting your room back in order. It is pretty amazing what a difference a fresh coat of paint can make.


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