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Painting ceilings and walls

If your ceiling or wall hasn't been bright for a long time, it could use a fresh coat of paint. The newly applied layer of paint will brighten your room and give it a new look. The ceilings and walls of your room will be up to date in no time at all!

Colour selection for the ceiling or wall

First of all, you should consider which colour you want to paint your ceiling or walls. Colours have a strong influence on the ambience of a room. A light or white ceiling makes a room look brighter and larger. The ceiling appears higher and the room appears much more spacious. If, on the other hand, you choose a dark colour for ceilings and walls, this can quickly create a feeling of crampedness, as it makes rooms look smaller and ceilings appear lower. This leads to a feeling of excessive negative space, especially in already narrow rooms. In large living areas, however, dark coloured walls can create a cosy environment. You also need to decide whether the wall colour and the ceiling colour will match or be different.

Preparing the room

The right preparation is essential for the best result. First of all, turn off the electricity in each room, then remove all ceiling lamps, sockets and switches and cover the openings with masking tape and foil. Make sure that the fuse in the room in question cannot switch itself on again.

Before painting the ceilings and walls, it is essential to cover the furniture, windows, doors and mouldings with a layer of film. If necessary, fix them in place with masking tape to protect them from dripping paint. Cover the floor with a layer of fleece to protect it.

The right technique

The aim is to obtain streak-free, evenly painted ceilings and walls, with all edges and corners painted. The surfaces should have clean transitions and have a pleasant appearance overall. When working overhead on the ceiling, you will want to avoid dripping paint. So how do you achieve an even coat of paint with clean edges  and without any streaks?

Achieving an even appearance

1. Preparing the tools

It is crucial to select the correct tools. Depending on the structure of the ceiling or wall, different paint rollers will be used for painting. shorter walls means a short roll, whereas longer walls require a long roll. After dipping the respective roller in paint, it should be rolled on a scraper grid. This way you can get rid of excess paint which ensures both an even application of paint and prevents the paint from dripping from the ceiling or the wall.

A small tip from our experienced staff: When you want to paint without too much preparation work going into covering everything, use a special low-drip paint, which is available from various manufacturers and can be obtained from your local paint specialist or DIY store. This low-drip paint is particularly suitable for painting overhead and helps to keep your head dry.

2. Painting technique

When painting, start with the edges of the ceilings and walls. Use a suitable brush for this purpose and initially apply it a little away from the edges and corners. For the second coat of paint, work precisely up to the edges. Then paint the rest of the ceiling or wall with the previously selected roller. For this, you will start at the window and paint areas with a larger surface area. But first, you should think about a plan on how to divide the area so you can achieve an even application of paint. When painting, always make sure to work away from the light source and avoid unpleasant streaks. When painting itself, it is advisable to apply the paint with the roller first lengthwise, then crosswise and then lengthwise again.

3. Drying

Once you have carried out all these steps, you need to let the paint dry sufficiently. Depending on the paint, this can take different lengths of time. The recommended duration can be found in the respective manufacturers’ specifications. In most cases, however, about one day should be allowed for drying. Once the paint is dry, you can remove the protective foils and the fleece layer.

The right equipment will give the desired result

To be able to paint your old ceiling or wall the way you want it, you should choose suitable tools to aid you. In addition to the right roller and brush, you should also think about the easiest and safest way to reach all the edges of your ceilings and walls to paint them. We can provide you with the right equipment for your renovation work at home.

We recommend the Hailo L100 TopLine stepladders, which you can use to easily reach both low and high ceilings, just like those in chic, older buildings. The L100 TopLine is available with three to eight steps, making working heights from 2.63 m to 3.72 m easily accessible. The L100 TopLine is equipped with a multi-functional tray so that brushes, adhesive tape and whatever else you need are always in easy reach at dizzying heights. With the practical bucket loop made of tear-resistant nylon, paint buckets and similarly designed tools can be neatly attached. The integrated pull-out grab rail also provides additional support when working at lofty heights.

Now you are perfectly equipped to get started, and nothing can stand in the way of repainting your ceilings and walls!

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