How to Paint a Bathroom Ceiling

Megan Aubrey
by Megan Aubrey
Let me start by saying that painting a ceiling is probably my least favorite thing on the list of all things DIY. So much so that when we started looking up at our ceilings that are in need of major touchups, I had the idea of paying someone probably a couple thousand dollars to do it for me. However, I knew I could tackle the bathroom ceilings. Those smooth ceilings and the room’s small footprint didn’t scare this girl.
So I did it. It one afternoon. It was actually easy.
Then this little thing called empowerment kicked in.
One ceiling done and awakened the voice in me that said, “You can do it, even the textured ceilings!” Because that’s all you really need is empowerment. The information on how to do something is always out there. It’s just believing in yourself enough to know that you can do it.
So I now know I can do it. How long is it going to take me? Probably a very long time. Thankfully, there aren’t gaping holes or major stains on the ceiling that make it essential to paint the ceiling. There are just those spots here and there that need to get it done.
So just remember this, start small, build your empowerment, and you can do it!
How did I do it? Lemme show you how!
Clear out the bathroom so you don’t get paint droplets on anything. Thankfully it is generally easy to wipe down drips off counters, sinks, and floors so those can stay.

Clean the ceiling. Just give it a nice wipe down so you don’t paint dust into the ceiling. That’s a big yuck-o.
Gather your supplies. I needed a step ladder, drop cloth, paint tray, metal paint can opener, short handled angled brush, roller, and I used Behr Flat Interior Ceiling Paint in the white from the can.
Cut in. I used a short handled angled brush. You can also use an edger.
Here is the ceiling cut in around the fan and edges.
Roll with the appropriate nap.
I always make sure to give it two coats. Since I hate prep work my biggest nightmare would be to take a shortcut on the painting, put everything bank in the room, stand back to look at my work and see streaky paint that could have been avoided with just one more coat. So I always do two coats.

There you go! Painting a bathroom ceiling complete! On to the rest (eventually)…
Also, you can see a video on how to do this by clicking through to the blog!
Megan Aubrey
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