Painting a straight line at the ceiling trick

How pros don't use tape.
Paint your ceiling first, wrapping the corner. Take your ubiquitous 5-in-1's back edge and gently score a mark.
Just use the corner as the naturally flowing guide.
Using a 3 inch brush loaded with paint, just cover the line.
Viola, this little trick will make even a coffee lover's line look good.

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  • Eve Eve on Jan 13, 2016
    Any tips for painting a straight line with plaster walls and ceiling? Thanks

    • Susan Adams Dunlap Susan Adams Dunlap on Feb 22, 2017
      Take a flat head screw driver and run in along the ceiling next to the wall top. That makes a slight flat valley for paintbrush to cut in for ceiling paint.

  • Annette Russo Annette Russo on Nov 10, 2016
    What if your not painting the ceiling?

  • Gurn Gurn on Nov 18, 2016
    What if you have small ceiling cove do you paint it the wall colour or the ceiling colour

  • N. Cobb N. Cobb on Feb 24, 2017
    That probably works great on a smooth wall. What about on a textured wall (like orange peel or Spanish Lace)?

  • Vivtaylor06 Vivtaylor06 on Jul 22, 2017
    Sorry re my ignorance but what is a 5 in 1 ?

    • Rob Rob on Aug 16, 2017
      Its a painters tool, the one in the image. It can do 5 jobs in one tool.

    • Yylowinger Yylowinger on Dec 18, 2017
      It's main job is cleaning or scraping paint off of brushes and rollers before you wash them.

    • Jhi14866314 Jhi14866314 on Dec 28, 2017
      The best painters tool you will ever have!!

  • Robert Trujillo Robert Trujillo on Sep 21, 2017
    What if you have a popcorn Celine

    • Kev31935005 Kev31935005 on Nov 28, 2017
      Just use a small flat head screw driver and run to along the ceiling where it meets the wall. That will create a flat line where you can paint into

  • Faith Faith on Jan 25, 2018
    This is absolutely brilliant!! How about keeping a steady line at the baseboard, same method? Thanks so much!!!

    • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Jan 25, 2018
      I’ve not tried it on a baseboard because it’s easier to make that line where you don’t see it as much but it should work there too!

  • Eileen Eileen on Feb 25, 2018
    Can I buy that 5-1 tool in England please

  • War33296471 War33296471 on Apr 28, 2018

    What happens if I got a shaky hand

  • War33296471 War33296471 on Apr 28, 2018

    What happens if I got a shaky hand

  • Laurie Laurie on Jun 13, 2018

    How does it work? Does the paint fall into the scoring or what?

    • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Jun 14, 2018

      It’s more like it just gives you a distinct line to follow, it does take a lot of practice but jump in there you can do it!

    • Alm23923453 Alm23923453 on Aug 01, 2018

      Just don't push very hard, don't want to cut the drywall tape underneath. Wallpaper hangers cut drywall tape very easy when hanging paper. I know, I hung paper and painted for 35 years.

    • Dennis Dennis on Dec 03, 2018

      Whats the difference??

      Your paint brush making a straight line or your five in one?? both are done by your hand and eye. try a bead of caulk to fill in that irregular gap between the wall and ceiling and then cut your wall to the ceiling. scoring the corner will most likely leave a black line during change of seasons


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