How to Apply Ceiling Texture Paint

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Ceilings don’t typically get a lot of attention. Most homeowners don’t spend a lot of time gazing up at their ceilings examining the texture. Ceilings usually go unnoticed until there is a problem, like a leak that causes a watermark. Suddenly a homeowner will find himself with a number of questions about how to apply ceiling texture paint. Texture paint is simple to work with and is a project that can easily be handled by a handy homeowner

Things You'll Need

  • Hair Net
  • Drop Cloths
  • Paint (Optional)
  • Textured Ceiling Paint
  • Roller Brushes
  • Trim Brush
  • Long Handle
  • Goggles
  • Mask
  • Low-Tack Painter’S Tape
  • Step Ladder
  • Roller Pans

Tape the areas around the edge of the room to prevent painting them accidentally. Remove all furniture from the room or cover it carefully with drop cloths. Cover the floor completely with drop cloths.

Put on goggles, a mask and a hair net. Painting above your head gets very messy.

Climb the step ladder and begin painting the areas next to the wall and any cabinets or trim using a trim brush. Paint about three inches in toward the middle of the room.

Pour texture paint into a roller pan. Paints range in the amount of texture from smooth to popcorn. Choose a texture that matches the existing texture. Or, if starting from scratch, choose any texture that you like. Attach a roller to a long handle and dip your roller into the pan and saturate all sides. Choose a looped texture roller. Paint a 4-foot by 4-foot area with a thin coat of paint.

Paint the next 4-foot by 4-foot area while the first spot is still wet. Go back over the edges of the first section to blend. Repeat this process with the entire ceiling.

Add a second coat of texture paint. Apply this paint in a slightly thicker coat, using the same method used to apply the first coat. Allow the paint to dry overnight.

Paint the ceilings for color. Texture paint does not come in a wide range of colors. If you do not like the color of the texture paint, you can paint over it with any paint you like.


  • When painting over texture, choose flat paint. Any variations in texture from one area to the next will be magnified by the sheen in high-gloss paint.