How to paint a straight ceiling line (in a bathroom) — by Home Repair Tutor

How to paint a straight ceiling line (in a bathroom) — by Home Repair Tutor

How to paint a straight ceiling line, that’s
the question, right? Hi there. I’m Jeff with Home Repair Tutor.
And in this video I’m going to share with you how to clean up messy paint lines between
two dissimilar colors. So here we are in a pink bathroom that I’ve
been working on for who knows how long, and I need to clean up the paint transition between
the white ceiling and the pink walls. So stay tuned. I’m going to show you how to cut in
a straight line. And before you know it, you’ll learn how to do it yourself.
Let’s get started. In order to paint straight lines, you need
the right paint brush and the right roller. To cut in straight lines, I absolutely love
using Purdy brushes. And in particular, I like using the Clearcut Stiff brush. It’s
for all paints, and it’s awesome for cutting in. It’s 2½” wide, and that allows you to
cut in a really nice line and roll over it. This is what it looks like when it’s unpackaged.
It’s angled. And this brush, even though it’s about $13, will last you a long time. And
at the end of the video I’ll share with you a huge tip that helps me use these for years.
And if you’ve got a tight space, I do like Purdy rollers, especially this Jumbo Mini
Roller because it’s sturdy and it does roll on super smooth.
For this project, which is in a bathroom, I’m going to be using Valspar Ultra Paint
+ Primer. I’m using this for the ceiling because it’s stain resistant and scrubable, mildew
resistant which is super important for human conditions. And it comes with a lifetime warranty.
It doesn’t get any better than that, right? The rollers that I’m using for this project
are the Jumbo WhiteDove Rollers by Purdy. 3/8″ Nap.
And because my ceiling’s super small, I’m going to be using a 2-gallon bucket with a
wire grid. The wire grid is for the roller. This is something that I do on all my painting
projects. It just helps us out whenever we need to touch up a surface. And that is write
on the top of the can the room that you’re working on. So in this case, I’m going to
write “Kate’s Bathroom.” To get started, you want to dip your brush
about 1″ into the paint. So load the paintbrush up with paint. Then you can tap it onto the
side of the bucket or on the wire grid. So here we are. Here’s the pink wall and here’s
the white ceiling. And I tested the white paint just to see what it’ll look like on
the ceiling. But what we have to do here is fix some of the waviness between this pink
paint and the white ceiling paint. So again with the paint brush tip about 1″
into the paint, what I like to do is move it along the intersection like so. And if
you have any drips, just wipe them off on the ceiling. After you move about 12″ in one
direction, you can wipe the paint in the opposite direction.
Again, dip your brush. Maybe start about ¼” away from the wall and the ceiling. And just
move in one direction. And then brush back again in the opposite direction. If you notice
any waviness, you can always go back and touch that up.
Now if you’ve messed up it’s not a big deal. You can just take a rag and, while the paint
is still wet, move it off the surface. It’s okay if you make a mistake. Especially if
you’re just starting out, you’re going to make some mistakes, all right? So you just
wipe the paint off like so. I like to work in about 2-3′ increments. So
in this case, I’m going to work into that corner. And then I’m going to roll on the
paint with the Mini Roller. There’s a nice clean line between the pink and the white
intersection. So the next step is to use the Mini Roller along the 2-3′ section that I
just cut in. With plenty of paint on the Mini Roller, start
in the corner and just roll it on. So roll on one direction and then roll it back to
cover up what you just rolled on. I’m working on a small bathroom ceiling, so
I can actually finish it with this 4″ roller. So again just roll on in one direction and
roll it back. Then I like to re-dip that roller and roll on another coat that’s halfway on
the last one that I painted. So I just keep doing that back and forth across this small
ceiling. So again I overlap the last portion by ½ the length of my roller. So I roll it
on and then I roll back. Not bad at all, right? I know that you can do this yourself, too.
When I’m all done painting, I clean up my paintbrush with water. Then I take a piece
of Press’n Seal and I wrap it around the paintbrush. And that keeps the paintbrush nice and fresh
for the next time that I need to use it. Well that’s it. That’s how you paint a straight
ceiling line. I don’t have all the answers, though. So if
you have your own tip or suggestion, please add it to the comments section. I would appreciate
it. And everybody else would, too, because you probably have some great ideas that you’d
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15 thoughts on “How to paint a straight ceiling line (in a bathroom) — by Home Repair Tutor

  1. you know I love your vids Jeff. and ironically I just painted a ceiling … in a bath, while admittedly not quite with as much care as you did here  It's interesting, I have never tried using a Stiff brush for cutting in, but it does kinda make sense. I like the angled "sash" brush as well, and at a lot of times reach for a Short-Cut brush (2" to 3" long brush with a flexible handle) – the thinking is get the tool closer for detailed work. I have to admit I am little on the fence about the Press and Seal tip… instead usually opting for "priming" my brushes (and rollers) before painting. cleaning thoroughly, re-sheathing and hanging with bristles facing downward. If I could add a million dollar tip: Every paint job should include a bucket of soapy (another use for that Dawn) water – when working with latex. Often overlooked but totally invaluable. cheers and thanks. ~jb 

  2. Good Vid…the press and seal, is great. One thing, nothing prolongs the shape of your brush like drying it out and placing it back in the pouch it came with. Your right about the Purdy…

  3. always start with the ceiling if you can
    they brush the wall color
    and go up onto the ceiling a wee bit, much better effect
    though your line looks great

  4. Painting like this is common knowledge for experienced painters, Joe Homeowner would never be able to cut a straight line even with an expensive brush.

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