How to Paint a Concrete Ceiling

Many home basements have unfinished concrete ceilings. If you plan on using the basement, the concrete ceiling will have a drab, dull appearance. Painting your ceiling will help give your basement a more finished, usable appearance, as concrete paint is available in nearly every color imaginable. Although painting concrete ceilings isn't difficult, painting overhead can be tiring. Use a long-handled roller or apply the paint with a paint sprayer.

Step 1

Sand any bumps or uneven areas so the ceiling is smooth, then sweep the concrete ceiling to remove any dust or cobwebs. Sealer and paint won't adhere to a dirty surface.

Step 2

Use a long-handled paint roller to apply a concrete sealer to the ceiling. If the concrete ceiling has already been sealed, touch up any worn areas before painting the ceiling.

Step 3

Paint the concrete ceiling, using a long-handled roller or a paint sprayer. Use an epoxy paint, which will adhere to the ceiling and will provide a hard surface that won't be easily chipped or scratched.


M.H. Dyer

M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.