Move as much furniture as possible out of the room before you paint. Cover the remaining furniture with plastic sheeting, and the floors with drop cloths.
Use an extension ladder or step ladder to paint the edges of the ceiling with a brush.
Purchase a brush extender to paint around beams or light fixtures in the middle of the ceiling that you can't reach with a ladder. Clip the brush onto the extender, and adjust the angle as necessary. Screw the other end of the extender to the end of your extension pole. Stand on the ladder if you can't reach from the ground.
Roll the vaulted ceiling using a roller and a long extension pole. Adjustable extension poles are available in lengths up to 16 feet, and you can rent or buy 12 foot stepladders. Using a stepladder in combination with an extension pole will allow you to paint very high ceilings, although it will give your shoulders a work out.
Things You Will Need
- Extension ladder
- Step ladder
- Extension pole
- Brush extender
- Drop cloths
- Plastic sheeting
- Tape a sponge or rag to the end of an extension pole to clean high light fixtures if you accidentally get paint on them.
- Use high quality, professional-grade equipment. A lambswool roller will hold a lot more paint than a cheaper one, and is less likely to leave roller marks. Professional-grade roller handles don't flex much and are easier to use on long extension poles.