Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TOP TIPS FOR... Painting Ceilings; Sorted! Diy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TOP TIPS FOR... Painting Ceilings; Sorted! Diy

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Byline: DIY guru Julia Gray

LIKE everything else, ceilings require preparation before you decorate them.

This means filling any cracks with hairline crack filler (or, if there are floors above that people walk on, flexible filler), then sanding and wiping down.

If the ceiling was papered before, ensure that all leftover adhesive and scraps of wallpaper have been removed before you do anything else.

Some people prefer to use a normal paint roller, or one with a small extension handle, to paint ceilings, standing on a stepladder to do so.

The advantage of this is that you can spot any problems, such as roller marks, and rectify them straight away so you get a better finish.

The disadvantages are that you have to keep moving the ladder around, which is a problem if the room hasn't been completely cleared, and your arm may ache from holding the roller up.

Other people prefer to use rollers with long handles (or long extension poles) so they can reach the ceiling from the floor.

This makes the job easier but you'll still need to go up a ladder to paint around the edges with a paintbrush and because you're not close to the ceiling as you paint it, it's hard to spot imperfections and rectify them.

Painting ceilings is messy so you need to protect your hair by wearing a shower cap, your eyes by wearing goggles and the floor by covering it with dust sheets.

Try and completely clear the room if you can; if not, you'll need to protect the furniture as well.

When decorating you should always work from the top down - so ceilings should be painted before everything else in the room. If you're not painting anything apart from the ceiling, be careful not to splash the other surfaces with paint. This means not overly loading the roller and using it carefully, but still be prepared to touch up the other surfaces because paint can splatter even if you're really careful.

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