I have been wanting to paint a ceiling blue for awhile now. A nice little unexpected pop of color.
But I was scared.
You see all of the walls and ceilings in our house are super textured. Especially the ceiling – as in you might draw blood if you touch it. Yeah.
In our former house, we painted our living room red. (Kind of crazy to think now since I’m pretty sure there isn’t a single red item in our house unless it’s a toy or a food package.) That was our cute little 1922 bungalow on the badish side of town and it had old plaster walls and ceilings. Also textured (and uneven). The harsh line between the red walls and the white ceiling made it so easy to see every single little imperfection. And there were a lot of imperfections. I definitely hadn’t perfected my painting technique at that point.
So I knew in a room without crown molding, a colorful ceiling was going to have to be perfect…or else look like a hot mess.
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When I was at Haven (a conference for DIY bloggers) recently I got to see a demonstration of Frogtape’s new Textured Surface™ tape in action and I was super impressed. I decided it was time to take the colored ceiling plunge.
Our guest room seemed like the perfect candidate. I unfortunately don’t have any pictures, but when we moved in, this was the pink room. Pink walls, pink trim, pink carpet, pink blinds, even a pink lightbulb in the closet. It was insane!
We quickly replaced the carpet and blinds and painted the trim white and the walls green. It was a humongous improvement. That’s the thing about making over incredibly hideous rooms – no matter what you do, they look awesome in comparison.
Unfortunately, I knew the first day that I wasn’t loving the green. I really hoped it would grow on me.
I lived with it for six years while I focused on other parts of the house. Until, finally I decided it was time for a change. ASAP.
I’ve been on a bit of a white walls kick the past couple of years. I love how fresh white walls brighten up our dark house and make the perfect background for lots of bold color. So I went neutral in here as well. Which was the perfect compliment to a light blue on the ceiling.
At first, I was planning to go a bit bolder with the ceiling color but since I’m not really sure what else is going to end up in this room, I decided to stick with subtle.
I painted the walls before leaving for vacation. When I got back, it was time to tackle the ceiling.
I pulled out my new Textured Surface by FrogTape. This stuff is so genius.
All FrogTape® is treated with patented PaintBlock® Technology, a super absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, which helps prevent paint bleed.
But FrogTape® Textured Surface™ takes it a step further. After you roll out your tape like normal, you use the special liquid paint block. It comes in a bottle with a special brush tip and you just brush it along the edge of the tape to make sure no paint is going to be able to squeeze under there.
I’ve heard some DIY bloggers claim that painting ceilings is the worst DIY job. Um, not even close. Unless you have super tall or angled ceilings, painting one really isn’t that big of a deal. Especially if you get an extender rod for your paint roller.
The key to making ceiling painting a quick and painless endeavor is to use a paint roller cover meant for highly textured surfaces and use a paint and primer in one. The textured surface roller helps the paint get down into all the grooves and I only had to paint one coat of paint on the ceiling.
As always, be sure to remove your painter’s tape before the paint dries.
I’ve gotta admit, whenever I peel off painter’s tape I get a sinking feeling in my stomach, wondering if all my hard work is going to be ruined by paint bleed. But this paint line was absolutely perfect. And it may just be a simple paint job, but this room feels a hundred times brighter and more inviting.
It even got me all inspired to switch out the bed with an antique bed I found on the side of the road a few years ago. It needs a little TLC but I absolutely adore the shape.
I’m so happy I gave FrogTape® Textured Surface™ a try. I feel like I have so many more options for my home now. I could even paint a striped wall using this stuff – and as a total perfectionist, that’s a big deal!
What could you paint using FrogTape® Textured Surface™? Anyone else considering a colorful ceiling?