DIY Stargazing Ceilings

Updated February 21, 2017

Imagine lying in bed at night and staring up at the stars, without being outdoors or having an expensive retractable roof built into your home. If you don't want that kind of expense or the cost of hiring a specialised contractor to create this vision, make your own stargazing ceiling with do-it-yourself creative painting techniques and a little imagination.

Stick painter's tape along the top edge of the walls, even with the line of the ceiling. Place tape around any light fixtures.

Apply a coat of paint primer to the ceiling. This helps the dark paint cover the ceiling completely in just one coat.

Paint the ceiling with the midnight blue paint. Use a roller to apply the paint to the centre of the ceiling for even coverage. Use a paintbrush to paint the edges and corners. Apply a second coat if any of the white primer shows through.

Apply the glaze paint with a paintbrush. Blend any lines made with the rollers when you applied the dark blue paint.

Brush on the finish glitter topcoat. According to Benjamin Moore, this finish adds a shimmering look to the ceiling, adding a starry night sky effect. Let the ceiling dry several hours or overnight.

Decide on the pattern for the stars on the ceiling. You can place them at random or in actual constellation patterns.

Tape the star stencils in the chosen pattern on the ceiling with painter's tape. Brush the glow-in-the-dark paint onto the star stencils. Remove the stencils carefully after an hour.


Paint the ceiling a lighter colour of blue for smaller kids, so the room doesn't look so dark. If you add glow-in-the-dark stickers, it's best if the room has a ceiling light or another bright lamp that you can leave on for awhile, for an optimal glowing effect when you turn off the lights. There are glow-in-the dark paint kits that require special lighting and paint sprayers.

Things You'll Need

  • Painter's tape
  • Paint primer
  • Paintbrushes
  • 1-gallon midnight blue paint
  • Paint roller
  • Glaze paint
  • Finish glitter topcoat
  • Star stencils
  • Off-white or yellow glow-in-the-dark paint
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After attending the University of Missouri St. Louis, Stephanie Rempe worked as a documentation manager in the finance industry 10 years before turning to her first love, writing, which she's been doing professionally since 2008. She currently divides her time between Missouri and her fiance's hometown in Oregon. In addition to her freelance writing, Rempe is working on a romance novel and short stories.