Every time I visit the paint counter, the paint guy rolls his eyes at me.
He is shocked not when I hand him a mint green or bright pink paint swatch, but a white, black or cream colored swatch.
He has grown accustomed to me selecting not-so-average paint colors.
A couple months ago when I walked in with my Glidden Watermelon Smoothie paint card and handed it to him, he just shook his head.
When I told him it was going on the ceiling, I think he almost laughed.
Heck, I laughed.
This is one of my craziest ideas to date and I wasn’t 100% sure it was going to work out.
It ended up being the spark of the entire Preppy meets Hollywood Regency Bathroom Makeover.
Oh, the power of a pink ceiling.
With pretty white faux molding.
How to Paint a Pink Ceiling with Faux Moldings
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Tools & Materials Needed:
- Flat Finish Pink Paint (Ok, another color of your choice if you insist. I used Glidden Watermelon Smoothie.)
- Flat Finish White Paint or your standard White Ceiling Paint, which is what I used
- HomeRight Paint Stick
- HomeRight Quick Painter Edge Painter
- 1.41 in width FrogTape
- X-Acto Knife
First of all, I removed the popcorn from my ceiling. I showed you how to do that yesterday in this post. If you don’t have popcorn ceilings – lucky you! If you do have popcorn ceilings, you can still paint it, but obviously it won’t be smooth and you probably won’t be able to do the faux moldings.
Roll on and edge in your flat finish white paint or standard white ceiling paint around the first 6-7 inches of the ceiling.
Do two coats of this paint to make sure you have a solid white color there. I like to use my HomeRight Edge Painter to easily paint around the edges. By the way, when I was painting, I wasn’t worried about getting it on the wall – I already knew I was going to be touching up the wall paint and most likely changing it out. Thus, why the photo above looks rough.
After the white paint has fully cured (I like to give it at least three days), you need to mark where you want your faux moldings to start. I chose to come out 2 3/4 inches from the edge of the ceiling. Go around the entire ceiling making tick marks wherever you want your measurement to be.
Run tape all along the tick marks.
I went with the 1.41 inch FrogTape because I didn’t want too wide of a “molding.”
After you run your tape along the tick marks, go back and press the tape and the edges down firmly with a credit card.
To have clean straight corners, you need to straighten up your tape in the corners. Do this by taking an X-Acto knife and running it along the edges of the tape.
And in that photo above, my knife should totally be on the other side of that tape strip. Whoops. Y’all get the idea though. A lot of times, I use a ruler to guide my knife. This time, I just eyeballed it. (I was lazy and didn’t want to go downstairs to get the ruler.) I recommend the ruler method though, y’all.
After you trim up your corners, make sure that tape is securely down by running a credit card over those edges in the corners again.
Paint the pink on the entire ceiling.
I used my PaintStick Mini to do this which made the job go so much faster. You just suck that paint up in the stick and roll it on pushing the end of the stick as you need more paint. The PaintStick Mini is now sold as an attachment to the regular PaintStick. The mini is just a smaller handle which is great for tight spaces.
I did two coats of pink. You may need more or less depending on your paint and its color.
Remove the tape to reveal your faux moldings.
When I did this, I was worried about the pink casting a pink shadow over the entire bathroom. Well, it did…at first. The gray paint I had on the walls just was not meshing well with that pink. The pink shadow was everywhere. Before all my hard work was lost by painting the ceiling just plain ol’ white, I decided to paint all the walls a bright, crisp white in hopes of combating the pink shadow.
And it worked!
There is a slight pink haze / shadow around the top first 5 or 6 inches of wall, but that’s it. I can’t see it when I’m getting ready at all. The only time I do see it is when I look up at that little space around the top of the wall and its hard to spot it then!
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HomeRight. However, all opinions and bright pink ceilings are 100% mine.