How to Hide Smooth Ceiling Imperfections

Written by kevin mcdermott
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The disadvantage to a smooth plaster or drywall ceiling is that you can see every little imperfection. If there are ridges, peaks and lines in the ceiling, you don't necessarily have to rip the whole thing down and redo it. A textured ceiling draws less visual attention upward, and hides those lines and ridges. However, if you decide to texture a ceiling, expect to be without use of the room for a few days.

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Things you need

  • Tarps
  • Ladder
  • Vibrating pad sander
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint rollers
  • Sealing primer
  • Textured paint

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  1. 1

    Pull all the furniture out of the room. Spread out tarps. Set up your ladder.

  2. 2

    Go over the whole ceiling with the vibrating pad sander, to get it dull and flat. Wipe off the dust.

  3. 3

    Cover the whole ceiling in sealing primer, first using your brush cut in around the edges, then using the roller for the main span. Keep the primer smooth and even. Let it dry for 12 hours.

  4. 4

    Brush textured paint on one edge of the ceiling, along the wall. Roll out more textured paint alongside the brushed area, working out from the wall. Cover about six square feet of the ceiling surface. Step back and assess the texture to make sure you're applying it consistently.

  5. 5

    Repeat and continue, covering the ceiling section by section with textured paint, adding each section off the previous one. Use the brush near the walls and the roller on the open areas. Stop often to check the work from a distance to make sure it's consistent. Cover the whole ceiling.

  6. 6

    Let the paint set for 24 hours. Bring back in the furniture.

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