How to do Faux Tray Ceilings

Feb 27th

Tray ceilings – The ceiling, which is often regarded as the fifth wall of faux finish painters, creates an unexpected surprise movement and color when you add a faux finish painting technique. Tray ceilings are often faux painted because of their strong architectural features. These ceilings are often inverted or recessed and thread with crown molding. “Faux” is false in French. Prepare a paint sample. Determine what type of finish you want to create your ceiling. Practice the technique on a portable paint surface such as poster board or styrofoam art table.

Tray Ceilings with Living Room
Tray Ceilings with Living Room

Keep crunch practice up to the attic to look at different times of the day to determine whether you like the color and technique. Adjust the sample with different colors or paint techniques as needed until faux finish is exactly what you like. Remove all furniture from the room or move to the outside perimeter, so you have plenty of access to your tray ceilings. Adjust your ladder so that you are able to reach the ceiling or create scaffolding. Place dust sheets on all floors. Cover any light fixtures with plastics, if necessary.

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Stick painter’s tape to any areas where faux finishes and a second edge meet, such as wood trim ceiling tray. Polish the paint well to prevent paint bleeding. Apply the paint to the ceiling surface. Start in one corner of the ceiling and work outward. Take lots of breaks to prevent your neck from growing stiff or tired. Continue to follow the faux finish technique you practiced in your sample table. Remember, the same materials and hand movements used to your sample table and tray ceilings surface to match.

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