Easiest Way to Paint a Ceiling – DIY

Last Updated on April 14, 2022 by Bright Calister

Easiest Way to Paint a Ceiling? Paint adds a splash of freshness to every room, and a common mistake while painting the ceiling can change the ambiance of the entire room. This is why most people avoid painting the ceilings while repainting the rooms. But though the mere thought of painting the ceiling pisses you off, it is just necessary that you make a newly painted room look complete.

There are better and faster ways to paint a ceiling and slow and laborious ways to paint a ceiling, like with most things in life. However, in this article, we will show you the easiest way to paint a ceiling and the techniques behind it.

Tips on how to paint a ceiling

Choose the right tools

To make this project fast and easy, it is essential to get and work with the right tools when painting a ceiling, as this is what makes a difference between aches and pains that follows you for weeks or perhaps, none at all.

So using the right tools will save you so much time, basically not on painting alone but also on cleaning up.

Below are some of the tools needed to paint your ceiling the easy way:

  • Drop cloths or tarps
  • HomeRight QuickPainter Edge Painter
  • HomeRight PaintStick EZ Twist
  • High quality, zero VOC paint
  • Old clothes or rags for cleaning up drips
  • Step stool or ladder


  • HomeRight Steam machine
Choose quality ceiling paint

Poor quality paint will require more coats, unlike high-quality paint with just two coats.
In my opinion, the highest quality zero VOC ceiling paint currently on the market is from ECOS. It’s non-toxic, covers nicely, and performs as well as, if not better than, any typical ceiling paint on the market.

VOCs are nasty chemicals that are bad for the body and as well make paint smell bad. VOCs are the reasons why children and pregnant women shouldn’t be present when you’re painting(with traditional paint), and you should always ensure to paint in a well-ventilated room unless you’re using a non-toxic zero VOC paint.

However, you can paint in the fall and winter because you don’t have to open the windows to air out a room when using zero VOC paint.

All of these are just to make you understand that ceiling paint should be skimped on. You want to save your time and health and get quality stuff!

Step by step guide on the easiest ways to paint a ceiling

Before painting your ceiling, it is important to know that the work area needs to be prepared.

Preparation step:

Clear it out

You should prepare your room for painting by removing as many things as possible from the room.

Fix holes and remove fixtures

Perhaps you have any fixtures (such as the chandelier, weird cabinets, and the likes) that you’d like to do away with, and this is the time to do that.
Patch up holes with spackle. Most preferably, that which goes on pink and turns white when dried. This is to make you know when it’s ready to be painted over.


Now, you want to lay your drop cloth or trap on the floor. And perhaps you have some furniture or other things that we’re unable to do away with. You might just as well cover them up with a trap cloth.

Make sure the trap cloth reaches to the wall. You can shift your drop cloth about as you work if it isn’t big enough to cover the entire room’s floor. You just want to ensure that you work over a drop cloth.
Now time to paint!

How to paint a ceiling

STEP 1: Cut in

Climb your ladder or step stool to reach the corner where the walls meet the ceiling. Use the QuickPainter as your paint cutting tool to paint the edges of the ceiling where it joins to the wall.

The QuickPainter is the fancy word for your paint lines on edges, and it’s just great in that you load it with paint and then zip along painting cut lines. You don’t have to “dip, wipe and paint” nor tape anything off with a brush.

Also, as compared to the paintbrush method, which requires you to climb off and on your ladder every 24 inches or so, you can paint pretty much as far as your arms can go before having to move your ladder.

The QuickPainter comes with very easy follow instructions, but perhaps you’re a visual person like some people are, here is how it works!

  • Firstly, you twist off the head with a paint pan.
  • After that you dip the tip of the QuickPainter into your paint or primer.
  • Then you hold down the trigger with your thumb and draw the yellow plunger on end away from the handle. Get the trigger released first before the plunger.
  • Now remove the handle from the paint, have the tip wiped off and twist the painting pad back into place.
  • Apply pressure to the trigger a few times to allow the paint to flow through the pad.

Note: For practice, draw some lines in the middle of the ceiling, just some places you’re going to work on anyway. This is to get a feel of how it works and what hand position is suitable for you.

  • Pro Tip 1: Do not hold down the trigger the whole time you’re painting. Once you have the paint flowing already, just pump it as needed to get more paint flowing in the head.
  • Pro Tip 2: After you’re done cutting in, wrap up the tip of the QuickPainter with plastic cling wrap or foil to ensure it doesn’t dry up while you continue with the rest of the painting.

STEP 2: Load the roller

  • Assemble the PaintStick EZ Twist by following the instructions that came with it.
  • Then you use the straw (which was also included) to suck the ceiling paint into the paint roller’s shaft.
  • Pro Tip 1: Practice drawing the plunger back before inserting the straw to draw the paint.
  • You want to flip the switch on the handle, be careful as it might stick a little bit when used for the first time. So busy follow the instructions.
  • The straw should only be used for 60 seconds at a time, so don’t waste your seconds fiddling with the plunger.
  • Pro Tip 2: You might end up with a lot of air in the handle, and that is okay. Trust me, and you didn’t necessarily do anything wrong! You just want to lock the switch and twist to push the paint and air up the tube. After using the starter tube of paint, your next draw will be almost all paint and minimal air.

STEP 3: Roll-on

  • To get the paint started, you should twist the handle. And if you ended up with a lot of air initially, you might need to twist for a bit until the air is out and the paint starts.
  • Roll the roller on the ceiling until the paint rolls on smoothly. Once you have the paint flowing, just keep rolling and twisting as necessary so as for the paint to be dispensed directly into the roller.
  • Then you roll the painter right up to the cut lines you made earlier until the whole ceiling is painted.

STEP 4: Wrap it up

  • You definitely would need a second coat whenever you’re working on a textured surface like a ceiling or textured wall.
  • So, once the first coat is dry, wrap your QuickPainter and the roller on the PaintStick EZ twist in plastic cling wrap or foil while you wait for the first coat on the ceiling to dry.

STEP 5: Second coat

  • This time, the painting would work a little faster since all your tools are assembled.
  • So use the QuickPainter to do a second coat of cut lines, preferably from a different direction.
  • Then you unwrap the PaintStick EZ Twist and do a second coat.
  • Once you’re done with the second coat, check properly to ensure you do not need a third coat.

STEP 6: Clean up

  • Cleaning up all of these tools isn’t hard, just that it does take some time.
  • However, I suggest using a bathtub or laundry sink alongside a five-gallon bucket.
  • Pro Tip: If you dripped paint on your hard floors and you didn’t notice immediately until it dried, the HomeRight SteamMachine will do justice just fine to it.

Conclusion – Easiest Way to Paint a Ceiling

Painting the ceilings is not a difficult task to do, provided you have the right knowledge, necessary equipment, and tools alongside a high level of carefulness. All painting projects can be simple DIY projects that anyone can do.

And thankfully, we’ve been able to bring in detail some of the easiest ways to have this done such that it saves you from stress as well as time. However, getting quality stuff for your project is a major secret to success. I hope you find this post helpful.

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