Do you paint the ceiling or walls first?

We asked professional decorator Lauren Williamson

4 October 2019

Painting a wall in Oregano

We are often asked “do you paint ceiling or walls first”?

It is always best to paint the ceiling before painting the walls, but there is an exception…

When painting fresh plaster the walls need a thin wash of paint called a mist coat before they are painted.

Do this mist coat first, before painting your ceiling!

This will stop any runs and splashes, from painting the ceiling, soaking into the fresh plaster and leaving drip marks on your walls.

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