Transform dark ceiling beams on raked ceiling??

by Gilly
I would love to lighten our beams (and get rid of the paint messes from previous paints)! Anyone got any ideas apart from solid white? TIA, Gilly
My bathroom showing paint messes
living room
  8 answers
  • Katrina Warren Katrina Warren on Aug 06, 2015
    Possibly do a white or grey wash over them...
    • Gilly Gilly on Aug 09, 2015
      @Katrina Warren that's what I was thinking but without seeing any previously done am too nervous to, thanks heaps
  • Etoile Aloha Etoile Aloha on Aug 06, 2015
    I have the exact same problem and was thinking on the same line as Katrina (above). I wonder if people have ever heard of painter's tape :)
  • Bmaier5 Bmaier5 on Aug 09, 2015
    I also have this problem all throughout the the first floor of my home. I experimented on the laundry room by painting the ceiling completely with white paint and then painted the walls yellow. The room looks so bright and much bigger. I am considering tackling my girls room now but I am nervous to over do it since wood beam ceilings are an asset. The "dark dungeon" feeling is driving me nuts.
    • Gilly Gilly on Aug 09, 2015
      @Bmaier5 Thanks heaps - do you have any pics? I agree with your "dark dungeon" analogy :)
  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Aug 09, 2015
    Definitely try a wash/dry brush/or paint on and ragged off. It's one of the easiest things to do, looks great.
    • Gilly Gilly on Aug 17, 2015
      @Duval.26 just saw your comment, thank you for hint :)
  • Michele Felmingham Michele Felmingham on Aug 13, 2015
    Hello Gilly. Similar problem. Thinking of whitewashing ceiling (Cabot's limewash I think but may just do a practice with dulux 3 in 1 also) and just clear varnishing beams after sanding them lightly. I've done this to a few beams and it inhibits cobwebs which high ceilings attract. I also find that the wood ceilings draw up a lot of available light. I already have white walls but am thinking of putting just a touch of lilac into the white to make it look a bit warmer. White white looks a bit harsh.
  • Gilly Gilly on Aug 14, 2015
    Just wish a/ I was fit enough to do this all myself and b/ brave enough to take the jump and try something :) Thanks heaps... if you do please post a pic??? :)
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 15, 2015
    Had you thought about just painting the lower parts (I'm not sure if it's called an apron, but the part of wood that has the paint marks on it) and seeing if you like it better. Then, if you want to lighten the ceiling itself, I've seen beautiful ones done with a bluish white wash (sorry no pics) and even a shade of blue that really made it pop.
  • Gilly Gilly on Aug 17, 2015
    Have but would love to get rid of the whole dark look :) thanks heaps