How to Make a Bedroom Ceiling Look Like the Night Sky with Stars and Planets

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How to Make a Bedroom Ceiling Look Like the Night Sky with Stars and Planets
Turn off the lights and enjoy your "space." (sphère bleue image by Claudio Calcagno from Fotolia.com)

The night sky has so much beauty to offer its viewers. Children look out the window or into a telescope and imagine being in a rocket ship, floating through the universe. Grownups gaze at the wonder of the moon, stars and planets. Nearly everyone would just love to lay in bed and stare at the ceiling for a visual escape to outer space wonders. Believe it or not, creating this illusion on your ceiling is inexpensive, enjoyable and rewarding.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Blue or black flat paint
  • Painting glaze
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint tubes
  • Silver glitter
  • Paint roller
  • Sponges
  • Plastic or rubber gloves
  • Star and planet-shaped stencils
  • Painter's tape
  • Pencil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Prepare the room by taping the upper edges of your bedroom wall for a neatly-edged appearance. Be sure the ceiling is clean and free of all cobwebs. Remove light fixtures, and tape around any openings or lights that remain.

  2. 2

    Paint the ceiling using the flat paint and roller just as you would put a solid coat of paint on a regular wall. If you are using black instead of blue as your base colour, two coats may be necessary to cover the white or whatever colour ceiling paint was originally beneath. The paint does not need to fully dry for you to move on to the next step since you want a "sticky" effect for smooth blending.

  3. 3

    Dab the sponge into the glaze while wearing protective gloves. Wipe any excess or dripping glaze by rubbing the sponge alongside the rim of the glaze paint can. Quickly shake the glitter so that a small amount is on the sponge with the glaze, and begin patting the glitter onto the ceiling. The stickiness of the paint on the ceiling combined with the glaze on your sponge should make the glitter stick securely to the ceiling. Continue this motion over the whole ceiling until your desired glitter effect is achieved.

  4. 4

    Lightly trace the stars and planets onto the ceiling using your stencils and a pencil. It is best to stencil the whole ceiling in pencil before using the tube paints, so you can step back for a visual assessment and make any corrections you feel are necessary before applying the glow-in-the-dark paint.

  5. 5

    Remove the caps from the glow paints you will be using, and using a variety of night-time colours, slowly trace your stencil outlines with the tubes of paint. It is best to prep the tube by squeezing a practice-drop onto a piece of paper or cardboard so that any air or built-up "splatters" that may have been at the top of the tube can escape. Tube painting requires a steady hand, distributing even amounts in the areas to be traced. The ultimate effect will be glow-in-the-dark when the lights are out and glittery wonder in the daylight.

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