How to Fix a Bad Paint Job Where the Ceiling Meets the Wall

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Things You'll Need

  • Painter's tape

  • Primer

  • 2-inch paint brush

  • Foam paint brush

  • Paint remover

  • Cotton swab or artist's brush

A neat paint job looks professional.
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It is easy to repair a paint mishap, whether you need to tidy up a paint job you have just completed or fix a previous paint problem. Do-it-yourselfers often struggle with the most intricate parts of painting a room, namely around doorways and trims and keeping a neat line where the wall meets the ceiling. As the ceiling is normally painted before the wall, it is common for the wall paint to bleed over or splatter onto the edge of the ceiling.


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Step 1

Stick painter's tape along the top edge of the wall, where it meets the ceiling. Make sure the tape is straight so that you achieve a sharp, clean finish.

Step 2

Apply a primer over dark wall colors that have seeped onto the ceiling. Use a 2-inch paint brush. Leave the primer to dry.


Step 3

Dip a foam paint brush into your ceiling paint color. Use small, even strokes to paint over the primed area. Leave it to dry, then apply a second coat if necessary.

Step 4

Remove fresh paint spatter with paint remover and a cotton swab or artist's brush.

Step 5

Remove the painter's tape.