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I love textured ceilings. When I was younger my parents had one and it was truly lovely to lay on the sofa and look up the ceilings, seeing various things in the texture, much as we find shapes in the clouds.. I wanted one, but for the longest time, wasn’t ready to tackle it because I imagined how difficult it must be.

Doing a bit of research I found it wasn’t all that hard of a project, albeit somewhat messy, its easy enough to apply.
Its an easy fix for ceilings which are less than perfect and its lovely when its completed.

There are currently literally hundreds of types of texture to add to your paint from pebbling to sand.

Make sure to purchase a good quality paint such as Dutch Boy or Ralph Lauren, which makes all the difference in the end product.

The tools you’re going to need are:

ladder
five-gallon bucket
paint screen
drill
mixing attachment
dropcloth
rag for clearing up
paint brush
extension
paint roller
head covering* this one is a definite. I was well spattered when I was done.
texture
paint

Prep your ceiling by washing it well and making sure to spackle or fix any cracks.

Tape around the walls, to assure that you don’t also texture the top of the wall.

Once you have prepped the ceiling are are ready to begin, mix the paint with the texture in a large bucket, by using a drill with a mixing attachment.

MAKE SURE!!! that the drill is set to low speed or you are going to have more than you bargained for..

I was using a pebbled texture which was something like large sand grains, and felt like pieces of foam of various sizes in the paint..

Using a painting screen put that in place and load the roller with the paint.

You will also want a ladder to easily reach the ceiling rather than relying on your extension for the roller or brush because it won’t cover evenly ifyou are pressing harder in one area than in another.

There are various rollers that can be used to give different effects such as swirls, straight, or ragging type rollers.
Each will give you a different look so it might be worth your time to experiment with a couple of them if you aren’t pleased with your first effect.

Work in strips, using an even pressure and flow until your ceiling is covered.
I was told to use 3×3 foot sections but found that this wasn’t the best method, as sometimes the sections shows where they met.

You will need to get up and down off of the ladder several times so that you can check from a distance where the thinner spots are and cover them better.

Clean up, wipe down and clear away.

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