How to paint a straight ceiling line, that’s the question, right? Hi there. I’m Jeff with Home Repair Tutor. And in this video I’m going to share with you how to clean up messy paint lines between two dissimilar colors. So here we are in a pink bathroom that I’ve been working on for who knows how long, and I need to clean up the paint transition between the white ceiling and the pink walls. So stay tuned. I’m going to show you how to cut in a straight line. And before you know it, you’ll learn how to do it yourself. Let’s get started. In order to paint straight lines, you need the right paint brush and the right roller.
To cut in straight lines, I absolutely love using Purdy brushes. And in particular, I like using the Clearcut Stiff brush. It’s for all paints, and it’s awesome for cutting in. It’s 2½” wide, and that allows you to cut in a really nice line and roll over it. This is what it looks like when it’s unpackaged. It’s angled. And this brush, even though it’s about $13, will last you a long time. And at the end of the video I’ll share with you a huge tip that helps me use these for years. And if you’ve got a tight space, I do like Purdy rollers, especially this Jumbo Mini Roller because it’s sturdy and it does roll on super smooth. For this project, which is in a bathroom, I’m going to be using Valspar Ultra Paint + Primer.
I’m using this for the ceiling because it’s stain resistant and scrubbable, mildew resistant which is super important for human conditions. And it comes with a lifetime warranty. It doesn’t get any better than that, right? The rollers that I’m using for this project are the Jumbo WhiteDove Rollers by Purdy. 3/8″ Nap. And because my ceiling’s super small, I’m going to be using a 2-gallon bucket with a wire grid. The wire grid is for the roller. This is something that I do on all my painting projects.
It just helps us out whenever we need to touch up a surface. And that is write on the top of the can the room that you’re working on. So in this case, I’m going to write “Kate’s Bathroom.” To get started, you want to dip your brush about 1″ into the paint. So load the paintbrush up with paint. Then you can tap it onto the side of the bucket or on the wire grid.
So here we are. Here’s the pink wall and here’s the white ceiling. And I tested the white paint just to see what it’ll look like on the ceiling. But what we have to do here is fix some of the waviness between this pink paint and the white ceiling paint. So again with the paint brush tip about 1″ into the paint, what I like to do is move it along the intersection like so. And if you have any drips, just wipe them off on the ceiling. After you move about 12″ in one direction, you can wipe the paint in the opposite direction. Again, dip your brush. Maybe start about ¼” away from the wall and the ceiling. And just move in one direction. And then brush back again in the opposite direction. If you notice any waviness, you can always go back and touch that up. Now if you’ve messed up it’s not a big deal.
You can just take a rag and, while the paint is still wet, move it off the surface. It’s okay if you make a mistake. Especially if you’re just starting out, you’re going to make some mistakes, all right? So you just wipe the paint off like so. I like to work in about 2-3′ increments. So in this case, I’m going to work into that corner.
And then I’m going to roll on the paint with the Mini Roller. There’s a nice clean line between the pink and the white intersection. So the next step is to use the Mini Roller along the 2-3′ section that I just cut in. With plenty of paint on the Mini Roller, start in the corner and just roll it on. So roll on one direction and then roll it back to cover up what you just rolled on. I’m working on a small bathroom ceiling, so I can actually finish it with this 4″ roller. So again just roll on in one direction and roll it back.
Then I like to re-dip that roller and roll on another coat that’s halfway on the last one that I painted. So I just keep doing that back and forth across this small ceiling. So again I overlap the last portion by ½ the length of my roller. So I roll it on and then I roll back. Not bad at all, right? I know that you can do this yourself, too. When I’m all done painting, I clean up my paintbrush with water. Then I take a piece of Press’n Seal and I wrap it around the paintbrush. And that keeps the paintbrush nice and fresh for the next time that I need to use it. Well that’s it. That’s how you paint a straight ceiling line.
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