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Sometimes I lay on the floor.
For no good reason at all.
Sometimes I close my eyes.
Sometimes I stare at the despicable popcorn ceiling and try to find the strength to remove it.
I usually decide I’ll pay someone to do that before I scrape ceilings again.
Sometimes I just ponder life’s mysteries.
Either way, the ceiling is usually ugly.
And most of the time, my wondering leads me down a rabbit hole of painted ceiling designs.
Should I go for a bold, yet classic black?
Or an un-expected punch of purple? I am usually never a purple girl, but man this one is reeling me in.
Should I change the color on my pink ceiling?
Perhaps, I should bring the ceiling color a third of the way down the wall too?
Or maybe a cool and calm coral like Shavonda did?
Or I could just pull out all the stops and turn my ceiling into a circus tent.
But I will give them stellar execution on that ceiling. They have far more patience than I do.
All of this ceiling dreaming usually ends in me deciding that I don’t have the strength to strip the popcorn ceilings off another room again.
But one day.
When I have had enough liquid courage to make me crazy enough to want to take off popcorn ceilings again, I’ll have a real pretty view from the floor.
If you are already lucky enough to be free of popcorn ceilings, here are my best tips for painting ceilings A.K.A. what I learned from my pink ceiling adventure…
Ceiling Painting Tips
1. Always use flat paint on ceilings.
Ceilings (especially ones with removed popcorn) tend to have lots of imperfections. Using a satin, semi-gloss or gloss finish will only highlight those imperfections. Flat finish paints tend to hide them better.
2. Clean the Cobwebs.
Just admit it. My ceiling corners are usually littered with cobwebs and yours are too. 😉
3. Tape off.
Tape off any surrounding trim, light fixtures, etc. Yes, there is a difference in using plain old masking tape versus actual painter’s tape. Masking tape will not give you those crisp paint lines. With painter’s tape, you do have to firmly push down along all the edges after you put the tape on the wall to activate the tape against paint bleed. My usual go-to painting tape is FrogTape.
4. Use a Quick Painter.
If you have a hard time cutting in around a room, use the Quick Painter.
The quick painter is this fabulous little tool that you suck your paint into, click the pad in place and run it right along trim, light fixtures and where the ceiling and wall meet. This little tool can also eliminate the need for taping in some cases.
5. Use a good, easy to use, roller.
When I paint any walls or ceilings, I use a PaintStick EZ-Twist.
The PaintStick EZ-Twist fits onto your paint can. You pull back on the handle to draw paint into the tube. When the tube is full, twist the handle to release paint onto the roller and start painting your ceiling. No paint trays needed, so fewer trips for more paint. The EZ-Twist isn’t too bad to clean up either.
6. Remove any painting tape as soon as you put your final coat on.
A lot of people think they are supposed to wait to take the tape off until the paint is dry – don’t wait! If you wait, you risk the paint drying to the tape and the paint coming off with the tape.
Need Wall Painting Tips? I’ve got you covered…
So who wants to take off my popcorn ceilings so I can have pretty ceilings everywhere and not just in my bathroom?
Yea, I figured there wouldn’t be any takers.
You know you don’t wanna miss any of this crazy.
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Disclosure: This post was a collaboration with HomeRight. All opinions and longing for beautiful views from the floor are 100% mine.
Marsha Anderson-Corns says
I would l, well let’s be honest – my grunt labor – would be thrilled to win some new painting supplies!
Where did you find the pic with the grey ceiling?
Also, is the ceiling a shade lighter than the grey tops of the walls? Hard to tell.
In any case, love it!
Donna @My Sweet Things says
I will look up at ceilings and then quickly look away! They need to be painted but I dread the task. I’m all over painting walls and trim but hands up to the ceiling? Not so much! I’d love to try the paint stick! Looks like it may help get the job done quicker!
Susan Dingman says
Just painted my daughter’s bedroom white with an aquamarine ceiling. Love the way it came out, but it was SO much work and would have loved these tools to have done it. My son’s room is up next…
Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life says
I lay on the floor too and my family look at me weird…..
Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof says
hahaha!! They just don’t get it, Gilly!
Hope Williams says
Girl I kind of feel ya! Our ceilings were never taped, mudded or sanded prior to popcorn treatment. They truly took it to heart about its application purpose!
I don’t mind the popcorn removal, it’s the cleanup afterward. But alas I found an AWESOME way to clean it up with virtually no dust!
Now that paint stick looks like an absolute dream to me! If I win, I will scrape your ceilings for you and then you can do your thing!
I love the one that comes 1/3 rd down the wall! That one is me for sure!
Good luck to everyone.
Working on kitchen re-painting!
Lord woman….now I think I might have to paint my new bathroom makeover’s ceiling….my hubs is gonna go on strike 🙂
Renee smason says
Right now painting and reach get base boards. Future project, painting outside concrete stairs.
Stephanie Phelps says
Its funny about your post because we are in the middle of painting all the ceilings and we are painting the babies room!
Sometimes, I can only lay on the floor and stare at the ceiling! I often ponder life’s mysteries, I.e., “where does all that water come from at Niagra Falls?” See what I mean? Pretty deep
Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof says
Oh man, Sally. That is a good question!!!
I do a lot of craft painting, but have not tackled walls. I am desperate to paint all of my rooms (they are still builder’s white), but I have 2 reasons I haven’t done it yet. 1. I have vaulted ceilings and 2. I am disabled and can’t climb ladders. My family doesn’t want to do it, and I can’t afford professionals. With this equipment, maybe I can talk some family into doing it after all. Hmmm…. Anyway thanks for the chance to win them.
Janet S says
I’m inspired to tackle a new project. Always knew the ceiling was the 5th wall in a room but I don’t always get BRAVE enough to throw in a bold color. Picking a ceiling right now!!!!
I would love to try these paint items in my home. You gave me some inspiration.
Sheila Moore says
I am getting ready to paint the ceiling on my mom’s front porch!
Patti Osmus says
Painting furniture and bedroom walls…and maybe ceiling,
Margot C says
I’m painting the bedroom (fast because my husband becomes disoriented and intolerable without his familiar space). If only I could get rid of the disgusting popcorn ceiling. It gets so dirty! Who in the world had this horrible idea? Why?
Dianna Davis says
Oh my gosh– I’m painting right now– this is a break at the moment–My kitchen then maybe the living room– I want this– I need this — I got to have this—I want to win this–Of course its your fault Im painting, after reading your site with great joy– you forced me into think– I CAN DO THIS!—-Thanks either way– these rooms needs some TLC!
Summer Himes says
I would love to win this. I have never painted before but would love to give it a try.
Diane K says
I had a glossy red ceiling in one of my kitchens with black and white checkerboard floor – imperfections be darned!! Now I want a light blue on my porches…sometimes I just don’t care what anyone else thinks!
R. King says
My husband and I painted our daughters room purple, it was pretty but the novelty wore off quick. She was wanting to paint again after a few months. Popcorn WALLS! Yuck!
I’m in the middle of painting my kitchen. It needs at least one more coat but i just can’t convince myself to do it. So I’m thinking about starting to paint the kids bathroom. And then the cycle will begin again!
Lisa Shoulders says
Going to start painting the walls and ceilings in my living room and kitchen, then on to painting the kitchen cabinets. I LOVE doing these type projects around my home. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas, can’t wait to incorporate a few in my upcoming projects!
I love the purple. So bold and maybe someday I can paint a ceiling in a bright bold color. But I’ve got to stick to finishing up the family room first.
I love those painted ceilings! And I love the Home Right products. I wouldn’t have so much trouble getting my sons to paint if I had these.
Linda Kish says
We have a lot of unfinished pain jobs at our house…like every room just about. My master bedroom hasn’t been started yet and it really needs painting.
Tracey A says
I just finished painting my fence outside! I painted most of one side, but would really like to do the rest soon. What a handy gadget that would be. I also need to paint the inside of the house! You are truly more energetic than I!
Erin Kaven says
Trying to paint the ceilings where we had some water leaks from the ac.
We added a loft recently. Have been thinking of painting the ceiling.
Cheryl Foley says
No paint projects going on right now, but many in the future, hopefully! My husband has been in the ICU for three months so we are in recovery/physical therapy mode here. We have popcorn ceilings everywhere! ugh…lol I’d love to win this
mary ballerin says
I have much painting to do, the paint is paid for but it is still untinted. I like that coral ceiling, in the white hallway. I’m glad white paint is back in vogue. I would help knock down your popcorn if I didn’t have a bad neck. Helping someone else is more fun than doing your own projects, IMO. Anyway, those two painting tools would be wonderful help for my upcoming painting projects!
Terri Hughes says
My whole house has popcorn ceilings…..I hate them, they gather dust so easy. I would love to remove them, but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. I would paint the walls, instead. Thanks!
Robin Abrams says
We are getting ready to paint the living and dinning room
Joyce McDonald Walcott says
Just bought some Country White paint! I will love to try this paint applicator!
I need to make my bathroom as nice as yours! That is my next project.
I am in the middle of some Dinning Room painting.
We are hoping to purchase a new home soon and this giveaway will be wonderful to win!
I just painted the bathroom.
Sharon Kaminski says
We are cleaning closets and painting them as long as they are empty.
Dana Rodriguez says
I want to paint our bathroom and laundry room.
This would be wonderful since my next project was to paint the ceiling in my living room.
My son asked a few weeks ago to have a themed big boy room and that entails painting ALL the walls in his room to include the ceiling. This would come in very handy.
Melissa S says
We are working on updating my sons room right now. It has been painted in superhero blue and red for way too long.
Veronica Leigh Vatter says
My entire house! It’s pre-fab and all the rooms come w/ the world’s thinnest coat of primer. That means I have to paint and prime every wall and ceiling!
I’m going to be a freak and paint a ceiling black. I just have to do this. You are the coolest chick I know. XO
I am painting the kitchen.
Shelley P says
I am working on painting the kitchen and bathrooms. These tools would be great help!
Lee McKeon says
We are currently painting spare bedroom!
Ashley C says
We are currently painting our bathroom walls and a ton of furniture!
Paul Gardner says
I would love to paint both bathrooms in my house!
Faye gates says
I am painting a floor. I’ve got it all prepped, and I’m buying the floor paint from Lowe’s.
Sarah Cool says
I need to pain every room inside I just havent gotten around to it yet
We are painting our new deck right now.
kath g says
I bought the paint to paint my living room awhile ago, but I’m not looking forward to the mess, so I’ve been putting it off. This would seem to make it a lot easier and less messy.
Glenda Beckham says
I’m getting ready to paint the ceilings in the hallway, bathroom, and my bedroom. These tools are amazing. They would make painting so much easier. Winning these would come at just the right time. Thank you Jenna for a great giveaway! Have a great week & God bless.
Georgia @ Silver Spiral Studio says
I love this look!! Thanks for sharing!
I have painted almost all the rooms in my house at least once , some more than once. I still need to paint my husbands man room. It’s an open loft area and I have been avoiding it for 2 years. Ugh
Cindy A. says
I will be painting our kitchen and den soon. I don’t mind painting walls, but I am so dreading the cabinets.
Brandy Y. says
I am currently going to be painting some rocking chairs but will soon be painting our kitchen. It’s been a while since we painted when we moved in. It is in need!
jenny stratton says
I love painting and my son just bought a house, yeah a house to paint.
we will soon need to paint our basement bathroom
Amy M says
Our whole house needs fresh paint, and I have a couple of pieces of furniture I want to work on…. our kitchen table and a hutch, especially.
Christina Sparks says
Right now my husband is painting the fence post
I love to paint… it’s weird, I know. I just repainted my bedroom in 2 shades of blue and halfway through I thought to myself that I should have painted the ceiling in the lighter shade… maybe next time.
Marian Chiara says
I have three colors or more in each room. White trim and cherry wood furniture and floors.
My next project is to unite the ceilings that connect the rooms. Tools are always appreciated.
Darlene Carbajal says
Nothing yet! But my living room walls need a new paint job.
Ashley Trail says
Right now we are painting the kids room.
we just bought a house so everything needs to be painted! hopefully before summer is over I will have tackled a bathroom, 2 guest rooms, the garage (eek ) and a built in bookshelf that takes up an entire wall
Laurie Nykaza says
I’m going to do my bedroom so this would really come in handy to do it with love to have one for the house it really needs a fresh coat of paint.
Kimberly M. says
Right now I have a few projects that I need to do. My kitchen cabinets need repainted, I have a bookshelf, a dresser, a mirror, and a couple other odds and ends that need repainted that are garage sale, thrift store, or just old and need redone. I also have to repaint my shed. So I have a lot of projects to do but it’s been too hot to paint outside right now and I can’t decide what color I want to paint my kitchen cabinets yet.
Kimberly M. says
I almost forgot, my bedroom. That will be painted as soon as I figure out what color too.
Anita L says
I am currently painting my kitchen and next up is my enclosed porch!
Tina W says
I recently got some used bookshelves I am DYING to paint but all painting at my house in on hold: my Dad is staying with us after having his leg amputated and he has some respiratory issues that I don’t want to make worse. (He already ended up back in the hospital once because of an infection and I felt horribly guilty.)
No projects going on now. But when the kids go back to school, then I’m painting the kitchen!
EVERY single ceiling in my house needs to be painted…well, let’s face it…every single room in my house needs to be painted! LOL And I DO have some ugly-fugly popcorn ceilings. My hallway and stairway look especially ugly.
Melissa French, The More With Less Mom says
You so need purple, you just don’t know it yet. Thanks for posting. Hello from Whimsy Wednesdays.
the nursery for our new baby
laurie murley says
I have been slowing painting my whole house but it takes so much time
wow-remodeling the kitchen
Jennifer Nielsen says
So many! We are rebuilding our deck, putting down molding, repainting the kitchen and the girls’ room.
Candie L says
We need our front porch redone. Thank you
Deborah Caudill says
I am not currently working on anything, but I need to repaint the entire interior of my small house. I broke my leg in 7 places and then fell again and shattered my hip. It has set me back, but I will get back to it soon.
None! I need tools! My dining room chairs, all of my walls (thanks to big dog with “issues”), and one ceiling victimized by a prior poor wall painting job are all on my list!
Sonya Allstun says
Making my kitchen look like a 50s diner so painting trim black walls white and red and white checkered around as border
Anita k says
We are getting our new grandsons room ready.thanks so much for sharing.
Candice N says
I have to clean and repaint our master bathroom this month. I’ve got the paint but not the painting supplies. This would be awesome!
Lesley F says
I am repainting a bookshelf right now
Elizabeth B says
I’m in the process of painting my bedroom. Its in desperate need of a new color as it hasn’t been painted in 30 years!
We just closed on our house last week, so we painted the living room, but still need to paint the dining room.
Jennifer H. says
I am working on my kitchen.
Rhonda P says
Have to finish painting doors – the rooms/trim are done, but I don’t like painting doors, so have procrastinating.
John Herman says
We are working on the kitchen and then next the bathroom.
Cheryll Shubert says
We are in the process of finally buying a house! It is in desperate need of a paint makeover in EVERY room!!! I mean, Every room…oranges and olive greens from the seventies! It’s a nightmare, lol!
Yes, yes, yes! Painting the ceiling is a genius idea! It’s fun & different, and it would save a lot of money.
Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says
Currently I am busy painting some furniture and repainting the trim in several rooms. I am also about to start on the bathroom and then the front hall. All of this is just the warm up for repainting the entire interior of our 2-story home!
Ruislip Handyman Ltd. says
I am painting the kitchen now. It is very hard task to paint the ceilling. I hope you are better than me in this. Best regards!