Pine ceilings have a rustic, old world feel to them, and when painted correctly, they can be a beautiful addition to your home. Paint wiping is a technique used to eliminate excess paint so that the natural grain of the pine wood can show through while still coloring the wood.
Cover the floors and any furniture in the room that cannot be removed with drop cloths.
Vacuum the ceiling to remove any dirt or cobwebs.
Thin the oil based semi-gloss enamel paint with paint thinner. Add 1 pint of thinner to 1 gallon of paint. Stir the thinner into the paint with a wooden paint stick.
Test to ensure that you have thinned the paint enough. Paint a small 2-inch patch on the pine ceiling with a paintbrush. Wipe it off with a rag. If the color remains and you can see the grain of the wood showing through, it is thin enough to paint with.
Dip a short-nap 1/8-inch paint roller into the paint and apply the paint to the ceiling. Cover the ceiling with the paint. Paint the corners and edges with a paintbrush. Clean off any paint drips with a rag if any run onto the walls.
Wait five minutes. Wipe off the enough paint from the ceiling with a rag to reveal the grain of the wood.
Tips & Warnings
- Work in a well-ventilated area.