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Your 5-Step Guide to Painting Wood Ceiling like a Pro!

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Painting over wood paneling is a great way to refresh your space and update the look of your home! Good thing you don’t need to hire a contractor to do all the painting for you. When done right, painting wooden ceiling is quick and easy. You can dedicate just a weekend completing the project.

Do know that the paint and primer you’ll use will depend on the type of wood your ceiling is made of. However, if the wood ceiling is made from paneled wood that’s been placed on top of a plaster ceiling, then it can be painted the same way as a paneled wall. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to paint wooden ceiling like a professional painter:

You will need:

  • Duster Dust
  • Covers Sander
  • Sand Paper
  • Easy Surface Preparation Spray
  • Primer
  • Paint Rollers Brushes
  • Dust Mask
  • Safety Glasses
  • Step Ladder or Scaffold Platform

Step 1: Prep Your Work Space

To start your project, you have to work in a clean, well-protected place. Start by laying out dust covers on every spot in the room that needs to be protected from paint. Cover the floor and furniture as well as fabrics or coated surfaces from paint splatters. Then, move any furniture or home decors so you have a spacious spot to do all the painting.

Step 2: Prepping the Ceiling

Once you are done prepping your workspace, start prepping the ceiling. Get a duster with a long handle and start wiping away dust or cobwebs from the ceiling. Get to the innermost corners of the ceiling so the surface is very clean. You do not want dust or cobwebs from ruining your paint work.

Step 3: Start Sanding

One of the most complicated parts of painting a ceiling is sanding down the surface. You have to sand the surface down so the old coat is removed and the primer sticks very well to the wooden surface. Because you are painting a ceiling, you’ll have to work upside down to get a good angle. Instead of spending the bulk of your time upside down scrubbing away, invest on a scaffold platform. This way, you can sand down the surface using your sander or sand paper with ease.

Start by wearing the right gears (protective eyewear and dust mask) and working on the corners. Then, work your way into sanding larger spots of the ceiling.

Step 4: Prime the Ceiling

After sanding the whole ceiling down, get a roller brush and saturate it with primer. Apply an even coat in a cross-grain direction so the paint won’t splatter. Overloading the brush with primer will cause an uneven surface. By following the grain, you get an even distribution.

Once you are done applying the primer, take a step back and check your handy work. You want to look for missed areas, thin patches or uneven surface. Using a contrasting primer to the wood will may any errors easier to spot. But if the primer’s color is similar to the wood shade, check for the difference in the shade instead of observing the color. Once you are satisfied with the primer, let it dry before moving forward with the next step.

Step 5: Start Painting

When the primer has dried completely, start loading up paint on the roller brush and paint away. Again, do not overload the brush so you get an even coating. Paint across the grain then follow the grain to achieve an even distribution. After you’ve painted the whole ceiling, take a step back and see if you’ve missed any spot. Let the paint dry before applying a second and final coat.


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