How to cre­ate a crown­ing glory

Grab your step lad­der, here are Homes & Liv­ing’s top five tips for paint­ing your ceil­ing

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - DIYLIVING -

Ceil­ings get stained by things like wa­ter leaks, can­dles, light bulbs, and smoke from real wood fires. Scrub­bing the stain and re­paint­ing some­times works, but you of­ten need to use an oil-based stain-block or damp-seal paint first (try Ron­seal Damp Seal, from £7 for 400ml, B&Q), to pre­vent the stain com­ing through again. Dec­o­rat­ing ceil­ings should be done be­fore dec­o­rat­ing the rest of a room be­cause of splat­ters and drips, so if it’s just the ceil­ing that needs at­ten­tion, you’ll have to paint with great care. so you paint stand­ing on the floor, rather than at the top of a lad­der will help too. This is eas­ier, but does make it harder to get a good fin­ish, as you can’t see roller lines, bits you’ve missed and de­bris in the paint so well from the floor.

eas­i­est paints to use on ceil­ings, es­pe­cially if you’re not dec­o­rat­ing the rest of the room, are semi-solid ones, such as Du­lux’s Pure Bril­liant White Solid (£16.97 for 2.5ltr, B&Q). Th­ese splat­ter and drip less be­cause they’re not runny, but come in a very lim­ited range of colours. If the ceil­ing’s less than per­fect, use a matt emul­sion – one with a sheen will high­light im­per­fec­tions.

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Plan­ning to dec­o­rate? We’ve the top tips for when you start on the ceil­ing

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