When you’re preparing to sell your house fast, you may have heard that one of the most critical things you can do is give the walls in every room a fresh coat of paint. But what about the ceilings? Strangely, I get asked about ceiling paint a lot. Should you use it or not use it? Can you simply use “regular” paint?
Ceiling paint is specifically made a bit thicker for ceilings so it will be easier to apply and provide you with the ability to hide small imperfections, such as hairline cracks that may occur in ceilings over time. Sure, you can still paint a ceiling with flat, white wall paint. You just need to take extra precautions when going that route.
Whether you’re using ceiling paint or not, make sure to attach a roller guard on your roller to catch drips. Use a drop cloth to cover the furniture, flooring or anything else below the ceiling. Wear a pair of goggles to protect your eyes and by all means, wear your best junk clothes, because they will get covered in paint spatter. Personally, I keep a pair of old blue jeans that are full of holes and splattered with paint. I wear them every time I paint or do a dirty job.
The thing about not using ceiling paint is you may need to apply two coats. If you’ve ever painted a ceiling before, you know it can be exhausting and your neck gets quite sore. I’m always delighted when I FINISH painting a ceiling. And after every time I swear I will never do it again…until the next time when I find myself opening up a can of ceiling paint.
So, because this is not my favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon, I generally opt for the slightly more expensive ceiling paint instead of the flat, white wall paint. That way, I know I can get the job accomplished with one coat and it will give me great coverage and a professional look, the first time around!
However, for those special rooms where you want color on the ceiling instead of a generic ceiling white, I recommend using a premium wall paint instead of tinting a ceiling paint. You’ll still get all the benefits of a ceiling paint but the premium wall paint takes the color tint truer and better than the ceiling paint. This is especially important if you’re using a monochromatic color scheme in the room and you want the ceiling color just slightly lighter or darker than the wall color.
Hopefully this article answers the question regarding ceiling paint and helps you when you’re preparing to sell your house fast. Yes, use ceiling paint when you’re keeping your ceilings a generic white and use the premium wall paint when you want your ceilings to have color.
Tracy Kay Griffin is a member of Express Homebuyers Design Team. She was the Series Designer for HGTV’s “Get It Sold,” a Guest Designer for HGTV’s ” My First Place” and the Lead Stager for Washington DC’s premier staging company, Red House Staging & Interiors.
If your ceilings and walls need more than a simple coat of paint to be ready to attract house buyers, and you don’t have the resources to put into it, call Express Homebuyers at (877) 804-5252. We don’t care what the walls or ceilings look like; we’ll give you a fast and fair offer on your house today.