Simple techniques for painting high ceilings

Cathedral ceilings of many modern houses produce a feeling of impressive space, but can also make it harder to be able to carry out a maintenance appropriate, like painting. Painting roofs is often difficult under the best of circumstances, but the high ceilings are an even greater challenge. Fortunately, this problem is not insurmountable. With the equipment indicated and appropriate knowledge of painting techniques, you can perform the task of painting your high ceilings with confidence.


No assistant

  1. Remove any furniture or obstruction from the work area. Get an extension ladder. Use it to make a cut, which means applying a layer of paint on the perimeter of the ceiling where it meets the wall. Use simple paint to avoid leaving marks. Apply the paint with a brush. Apply a layer of 2 inches wide (5.08 cm) of paint to the entire perimeter.
  2. Get an extension pole with a 9-inch (22.86) roller attached. Apply paint with the roller. After you paint, make sure the next application overlaps with the previous one.
  3. Take your time, apply the paint gently. Avoid balancing the extension post too much.

With an assistant

  1. Use a second person as an assistant if someone is available.
  2. Have your assistant make the cut while you go behind with the extension post. This method will allow you to use other types of paint besides simple paint and will continue to avoid marks.
  3. Avoid letting your assistant get too far away from you. Paint the area your assistant trimmed before the paint dries. When your assistant has finished making the cut, paint the rest of the ceiling with the extension pole.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful with any chandelier or lamp that hangs from the ceiling when you are using the extension ladder or extension pole.
  • Wet the roller with water or paint thinner, and drain excess paint before use. Be sure to remove any excess water or thinner before starting to paint.
  • Make sure the extension ladder rests securely on the floor before you climb onto it.