Add Bold Pattern to a Ceiling With a Painted Zigzag

Turn a plain ceiling into a designer focal point using bold colors and painter's tape.

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Measure Ceiling

Use a tape measure to determine the length and width of the ceiling. These dimensions are important in helping dictate the proper width for each zigzag.

Create a Cardboard Jig

Before marking the ceiling, create a jig with the desired zigzag pitch. To do that, use an L-square and a pencil to mark the pitch onto cardboard, then cut the jig along the marked pencil lines using a utility knife.

Mark Center Point of Ceiling

Using the tape measure, find the center point of the ceiling and mark it with a pencil.

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