Ever since we moved into this house I have despised not just the color on the walls, but the fact that the ceilings and walls were all painted this awful color. In pictures it might not seem so bad, but that is usually because I spend HOURS waiting on the sun to hit the room the perfect way because the color reflected off the walls is horrid! It’s just a tan, I know there are worse things out there… trust me, we once bought a house that somebody tried to sponge paint red… it looked well, bloody. So I know there is worse out there, but as a blogger who photographs all the time it just makes it extremely difficult. In certain lights the tan on the walls would have this peachy/pink type color that just doesn’t work, and to make matters worse the ceiling was the same color so you couldn’t even bounce light off of a clean white ceiling… you got that awful hue that was screaming 1980’s!
I knew I needed to find out How to paint ceilings without making a huge mess. Being that I have to paint every ceiling in the house and all! Well guys, I have found it! Something that I could literally paint with while my kids were awake. Cause I’m crazy and decided I would paint with my 2 youngest awake and running around the house. Just a little side note, you can totally paint with your kids awake, but if you are tired and do it the wrong way…. it’s a bad bad idea (more on this later in the post)! Let’s gather up some supplies and get to work!
-Paint Brush for cutting in
How to Paint Ceilings:
First let’s talk about this EZ-Twist paint stick. This bad boy is what makes this process so easy! It allows you to suck the paint up into your paint handle completely eliminating your need for paint tray’s, thus mess free! After assembling your Paint Stick and attaching the lid onto your paint can, you insert your paint stick into the lid attachment, and suck the paint straight out of the can!
I always start off by cutting in. Once that’s done you can move on to rolling where you literally just twist the handle and the paint is fed out onto your roller, allowing you to keep painting and painting without having to get more paint on your roller! You do have to use a special roller cover with this paint stick. The inside is perforated, allowing the paint to seep through and saturate your roller cover. It takes quite a bit of paint to get your roller cover complete saturated at first, but once that’s done – Game ON!
With just a little bit of work and twisting my ceilings are now a beautiful white, no more ugly tan!! With the little paint shield that attaches to the paintstick, I didn’t even use a drop cloth. I know… it was a little scary. I started out with one, but I didn’t get a single drop anywhere so as I moved, the drop cloth stayed put. Now… I’m not saying it won’t splatter ANY paint, so if you are uneasy, please use a drop cloth!!
Now that my ceilings are white, I do still struggle with lighting in our house since we are covered by a blanket of tress, but this is such a HUGE improvement.
I did paint my walls too just in case you think… wow, it even changed the color of the walls. While I wish that were true, I in fact was forced into it. Funny story actually. I was planning on leaving them this tan color for a little while until I decided on a color for the walls…. but I was painting late at night (exhausted) and I started cutting in around my trim with ceiling paint…. soooooo, since the previous owners didn’t leave any extra paint, I was out of luck! I was forced to make a decision and painted them with Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray. I LOVE IT! If you are looking for a good greige color… this one rocks!!
Before when they ceilings were the same color as the walls, it was like it intensified it the color to even MORE of the tan it already was.
See what I mean! Big improvement!! Let’s look one more time, side by side!
EEEKK! I love looking at the difference!
One important tip:
DO NOT use a regular roller cover with this paintstick. Remember how I said you shouldn’t paint with your kids when you are tired… well I did. I grabbed the wrong roller cover from my basement and stuck it on there and was all ready to get to work. Yeah. As I attempted to push the paint into the roller it had no where to go… so the end popped off and paint exploded all over my carpet! Thank goodness for glycerin and fingernail polish! My carpet did make a full recovery, but I highly suggest avoiding this situation!
Total User Error! But at least now I will always double check ; )