How to Get a Good Line Between the Walls & Ceiling When Painting


Painting a room can sometimes be tricky. Paint rollers leave marks on the ceiling when pushed too close to the ceiling. Taking the proper precautions will allow you to get a straight and even line between your ceiling and walls. A good line between the colors on your walls and ceilings will make your paint job look like it was finished by a professional.

Things You'll Need

  • Drop cloth
  • Painters tape
  • 2 ½ inch angled paintbrush
  • Small bucket
  • Latex paint
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Place a plastic or cloth drop cloth on the floor below the wall you are working on.

  • Apply painters tape to the ceiling above the wall. Press the tape down against the ceiling so it sticks and creates a straight line in the crevice between the wall and the ceiling.

  • Dip the 2 ½ inch angled paintbrush into small bucket of latex paint. Lightly tap the paintbrush on the side of the bucket to remove some of the paint from the paintbrush.

  • Run the paintbrush along the top of the wall. The angle of the paintbrush should allow you to get a good line between the wall and the ceiling. The painters tape will help to catch any stray paint that may wander onto the ceiling as you use the paintbrush to apply the paint into the top of the wall.

  • Cover the rest of wall with a paint roller and the latex paint. Dump a small amount of paint into the paint tray and roll the paint roller into the paint. Apply the paint to the wall in a “w” motion. This motion will allow you to get good coverage of the wall. You shouldn’t need to get to close to the ceiling with the paint roller because you have already cut in a line along the top of the wall with the paintbrush.

  • Allow the paint to dry completely and remove the painters tape from the ceiling.

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