A tray ceiling, sometimes called recessed ceiling, features a set of steps or layers that form a low border around the room perimeter, which adds architectural interest to the room. You may grow tired of the color or find it no longer matches the redesigned color scheme of the room.
Tray ceilings may seem challenging to paint, and while they do require a different technique, it isn't impossible for a novice. Follow this guide to paint your tray ceiling.
Prepare to Paint the Ceiling
To paint the tray ceiling, gather the following items:
- work gloves
- eye goggles
- plastic or drop cloths
- damp rag
- feather duster with long handle
- painter's tape
- paint brushes
- paint roller with long handle or extension pole
- one or two paint colors
Decide on the paint scheme for the ceiling. Tray ceilings can be painted the same color as the wall or different color. The horizontal and vertical sections may also be painted different colors. Consider the colors in pillows and rugs when making color choices.
Prime the Ceiling
Move furniture out of the room, or lay drop cloths over it and the floor. Raise a window, or set up exhaust fans to ventilate.
If you prefer, place painter's tape over the drop cloths or plastic to secure it better. Set a step-ladder on flat ground, and place painter's tape around wall trim and other areas you don't want to be touched by paint.
Use a damp rag to wipe the ceiling. Then run the vacuum over it. If you are using two paint colors, seal the other section with painter's tape until you paint the first section. Brush on a coat of primer to help hide stains, and let it dry.
Paint the Ceiling
If you are using two colors, tape off the section you aren't painting. Fill the paint tray, and dip the roller in it. Paint each section before you paint the molding if any.
Begin painting with the roller at the far edge of the ceiling in an "X' or "V", and use an angled brush for tight areas. This method is called 'cutting in', and it provides better coverage. Cover the angled portion of the tray with the lighter color.
When you paint with two colors, allow some paint to overlap on the other section. Let the first section dry, which commonly takes six hours, remove the tape, and cover the first section with it. Paint the second section, in the same manner, changing colors, if desired, and allow it to dry, then paint the molding.
For more advice, contact a painting contractor.