How to Paint Ceiling Corners

Painting your ceiling corners is a finishing touch you need to do before your paint job is complete. The order in which you paint a room should be from top to bottom. Once you have allowed the paint to dry on your ceiling and walls, follow the steps listed below to finish painting your ceiling corners.


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    Use a ladder to get up to the ceiling-wall corner. The best way to paint ceiling corners without setting up scaffolding is to set up an extension ladder.
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    Apply blue painter’s masking tape to all surfaces you don’t want to get painted, including any molding
    • Painter’s tape should also be used to protect the edges of the walls and ceiling that are adjacent to the trim and the molding.
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    Use a straight edge (putty knife) to firmly secure the tape to the surface. This will prevent the paint from seeping under the tape, and onto your trim.
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    Dip your paintbrush into the paint.
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    Take off the excess paint from the brush by scraping it against the rim of your paint can or in a dry area of your paint tray.
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    Start in one corner of the room and apply the paint at the ceiling joint where the wall meets the ceiling. Hold your hand as steady as possible.
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    Continue painting each of the remaining three corners where the ceiling meets the wall.
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    Allow the paint to dry thoroughly and then apply a second coat of paint if needed.
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    In the event there is bleed-back, wipe it off with a rag soaked in soapy hot water, or touch-up the spot with the original wall paint.


  • Use a paint edger to keep the paint from dripping. Be careful to not get paint on the guide rollers on the edger.
  • Stir your paint well. Make sure you mix down into the bottom of the can so that the paint pigment gets thoroughly blended.
  • Choose a high quality paint that will give you professional looking results.
  • Remove any furniture that you can from the room. All other furniture should be pulled away from the walls and moved to the center of the room.


  • You should have plenty of air circulation and ventilation in the room you will be painting. Use an oscillating fan for additional circulation.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • 1" brush for tight spots
  • 2" brush for painting the corners
  • Mini roller
  • Painting tray
  • Paint edger
  • Ladder
  • Putty knife
  • Painter’s blue tape
  • Damp rag or sponge
  • Bucket
  • Drop cloths

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Categories: Painting and Other Finishes