Okay, so remember when I so cleverly thought I'd add a white stripe around the top perimeter of her room, to give the illusion of crown molding? I assumed all white paints were created equal...Ahem.
Turns out they aren't. So that hot mess left me with no choice but to paint the ceiling. The plus side was I loved the idea of a color on the ceiling (aka the fifth wall), but would have never painted it without major incentive.
Well, I sucked it up this weekend and got 'er done!
Because of 'Part 2' of the Faux Crown Molding (which I'll show you this week), I didn't have to be super careful when cutting in around the wall (for real this time!), so it went surprisingly fast.
I chose Sisal by Martha Stewart, color matched to Home Depot Behr Paint + Primer flat finish. It's a beautiful, warm khaki color...kind of like, well, a sisal rug! And I'm not all that proud of my vents and switch plates, so I tend to paint them to camouflage.
Here are the Golden Nuggets I learned for painting a ceiling:
1) Using an angled brush, I first cut in about 4" from the wall all the way around, and around the light fixture. This took about an hour, after which, I took a one week break.
2) I used a high-quality, thick Purdy roller for the remaining area, so I had no problems with splatter. It did, however, eat most of my paint and I blew through an entire quart in one coat! I think next time I'll use a lesser roller, and go slowly to avoid splatter.
3) My roller handle did extend, but I kept it at about 18" long and stood on a ladder to roll on the paint so I'd have better control.
4) My shoulder and neck started to burn about 1 minute, 32 seconds in, but I
whined pushed through and finished the rolling in around 30 minutes.
5) Then I laid down on the floor
whimpering to admire my work. It dried before I was ready to get up quickly, and I was able to see any spots that needed touching up.
6) Large amounts of wine and a Tylenol were quite helpful in relieving the crick in my neck and shoulder.
But after all that (it really wasn't that bad), it was SO worth it! The difference in the room is amazing.
Now I've got to do something about that light fixture! Have you ever painted a ceiling? Any Golden Nuggets you care to share with the class?
Update: See the final ceiling with crown molding here!