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Painting tips around popcorn ceiling (pic)

Will be painting my daughter's room for first time and previous owner painted a bit of the ceiling trim area (see pic). If I put painters tape down on the ceiling it'll obviously rise due to the popcorn. Rendering it not really effective. Is there a method that I should use aside from a steady hand with an angled brush?
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You might find it a lot easier just to make that border area on the ceiling white as well then you're not having to deal with the popcorn edge.
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We didn't use painters tape. Just a brush. Don't use the roller.

Keep a steady hand and don't use too much paint. Rather take it easy with two coats than do one thick dripping coat.

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A bit of work and mess, but you could scrape the popcorn bumps off about a 1/4" or so from the wall so there's a flatter surface to guide the brush
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If you do not mind working with both arms above your head you might want to try this or something similar. Works for me when painting baseboards and avoiding paint onto the floor itself.

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as jdmfishingonly said use a steady hand, use little paint with 2-3 coats if necessary. Trying to use tape will not work and will only create a mess that is not going to look nice. Key is to just take your time and don't rush it.
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-=phelan=- wrote: Will be painting my daughter's room for first time and previous owner painted a bit of the ceiling trim area (see pic). If I put painters tape down on the ceiling it'll obviously rise due to the popcorn. Rendering it not really effective. Is there a method that I should use aside from a steady hand with an angled brush?

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Isn't that part supposed to be white?
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Forget tape. The slower you go, the more difficult it is. Make sure the brush is pressed with decent pressure and glide along a straight line.

Don't attack the edge on the first stroke, work towards it. Hard to explain, but if you saw a video, you'd understand.

You can practice to your heart's content on the corner where the wall meets the ceiling to get a straight edge. You'll pick up the technique very quickly, then you can tackle the actual edge next to the popcorn.
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Drthorne wrote: A bit of work and mess, but you could scrape the popcorn bumps off about a 1/4" or so from the wall so there's a flatter surface to guide the brush
Did you even look at the photos ?
:facepalm:

This flat painted border around a popcorn ceiling was a “popular builders look” during the 1990s

As you’ve noted it’s challenging to paint cuz it butts up flat to the popcorn
(far too easy to end up running on into it)

The trick is to paint the border to match the popcorn
Or ...follow the other great tips shared here if you are set on another colour
Including the use of a straight edge guide, as recommended by @rcmpvet
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ranjeet2000 wrote: Isn't that part supposed to be white?
it's "supposed' to be whatever colour you want it.

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