Use wall paint on a ceiling...

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I have tons of paint for walls some with gloss some without. All are white. My question is, is it recommended to use a paint designed specifically for ceilings or the gallons in the basement do just as well?



Dear Cathy,
Thank you for your question about painting your ceilings and whether or not you can use wall paint. The answer is simple: Ceiling paint is made to dry faster and spatter less since you are working overhead, usually with a flat or eggshell finish. Wall paints are made to be more durable since walls take more wear than ceilings. So yes, you can paint your ceiling with the paint you already have in your house. We just don't recommend that you use a semi-gloss or high-gloss paint as it will be very distracting. We recommend you use an eggshell or a satin.
For more information on this, click here to read our article on the differences between paint sheens.
We hope this helps. Let us know how it all works out!
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