Painting ceiling beams in four steps

Woman on steps painting wooden beams and ceiling white
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Painting ceiling beams can transform them into the perfect fit for your latest renovation project. You can paint them to create some old world charm, introduce a contemporary colour to match the decor for a more subtle finish, or, finish them with a varnish or wax to retain their natural appeal. 

When you paint a room you start with the ceiling and this doesn’t change when painting ceiling beams. But, how you approach the job will depend on whether or not you are using a contrasting colour or finish. Here we run you through the essential steps to make sure your ceiling and ceiling beams both have a flawless finish. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.