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How (Not) to Paint Your Ceiling

<p class="MsoNoSpacing">It took Michelangelo four painstaking years to paint the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, and our hope is that you’ll be able to shave down that time considerably once you’ve finished reading this blog. A little-known fact: Michelangelo <a title="Smithsonian Magazine" href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-measure-of-genius-michelangelos-sistine-chapel-at-500-123313873/?no-ist" target="_blank">didn’t lie on has back to paint that ceiling</a>, which is hard to imagine, but it provides us with a great starting point for these tips.</p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>Should I lie on my back to paint my ceiling?</strong></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">Heck no. There are so many awful things about that idea it’s hard to know where to start.</p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">First of all, it’s super dangerous. Let’s pretend you set up the scaffolding correctly and manage to crawl up onto it without hurting yourself – the chances of you now rolling off are about 3 to 1.</p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">What if paint drips in your eye? What if you have an itch? What happens when you have to move, which you will have to do frequently?</p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">INSTEAD: Set up scaffolding that raises you to a standing height that makes it as comfortable as possible to reach up and paint, just like Michelangelo did.</p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>Should I use a brush and a bucket of paint?</strong></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">Probably not, but it depends on what kind of look you’re trying to achieve. If you’re trying to recreate the Sistine Chapel, then yes, a brush will come in handy.</p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">If you do use a brush, make sure your scaffolding is wide and sturdy enough to hold a platform on which you can place your paint bucket so you don’t have to bend over too far. But, really …</p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">INSTEAD: Use an extendable roller, a paint sprayer or a mop handle with a (fill in the blank) attached to it, if you’re trying to create a textured look.</p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>Should I use a fresco painting technique, like Michelangelo?</strong></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">Nope. You could, and that would be sweet, but there are easier ways. In fact, any other way is probably going to be easier.</p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">The fresco technique involves applying paint to wet plaster so that when it dries the paint becomes part of the ceiling (or wall, or whatever). You don’t need to go that far.</p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">INSTEAD: Use ceiling paint. The good stuff resists mold and mildew, and works well with textured ceilings.</p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>Should I take four years to do it?</strong></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">Nah – painting a ceiling is easy. Use a roller to make quick work of it, and always paint in the same direction to keep your color looking even. Or, you can always find a great local painter on <a title="Porch.com" href="https://porch.com/" target="_blank">Porch.com</a>.</p>
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