How to Paint a Perfect Ceiling Line
You’ve spent several days painting your bedroom to be your dream color. You meticulously painted around the trim and windows and you are certain that every line is perfect. Then, you get in bed, look up where the wall meets the white ceiling, and you see the blobs.
Paint seepage blobs. Yuck! Even though you’ve taped, the paint still ran under onto your white ceiling. Most people just accept this as part of painting, but I’m here to give you a quick and easy solution to this one problem – and it doesn’t even involve paint.
How to Caulk Your White Ceiling to Create a Perfect Line
1. After your wall and ceiling paint is dry, apply a line of painter’s tape on the wall about 1/4 inch from the ceiling. Also, apply a line on the ceiling about 1/4 inch from the wall. We love the Scotch 3M Delicate Blue painter’s tape.
2. Using a caulking gun, apply a bead of white caulk in a line about 18-24 inches long. We generally use the white DAP Alex caulk, which can be found anywhere from Home Depot to Walmart. Just make sure you use white and don’t accidentally pick up clear or almond.
3. With a gloved finger, drag the bead of caulk down so that it fills in between the tape. Keep dragging until the caulk is pretty flat.
5. Repeat this process until your whole room is finished. You’ll want to work a section at a time so that the caulk doesn’t dry before you get a chance to smooth it out.
6. When the room is finished, peel off the tape before the caulk is dry. You’ll have a perfectly straight line.
In the photos, the caulk line looks brighter than the ceiling, but it really doesn’t look that way in real life.
The next time you paint a room, take 30 extra minutes and try this caulking trick on your ceiling. I think you’ll be so glad that you did.