Our standard 8 foot ceilings wouldn’t allow enough space for wood beams or a coffered ceilings so we came up a different idea for a DIY ceiling makeover! This bead board ceiling is a great alternative for those who don’t want to or know how to remove popcorn ceilings!
Week 5 of the One Room Challenge was by far the hardest yet! Have you ever gotten in over your head? Smack dab in the middle of a project though WHAT WAS I THINKING!? I have to admit, this was me over the weekend.
When I told Eric I wanted to team up with The Home Depot to do a DIY ceiling makeover, he was thrilled. We’d talked about how much we loved wood beams and coffered ceilings. I knew the standard 8 foot ceilings in our converted garage living room wouldn’t allow for too much on the ceiling. So we came up with an alternative: a bead board ceiling with faux beams! This is a great project if you don’t want to or know how to remove popcorn ceilings!
We worked with The Home Depot to bring this amazing DIY ceiling makeover to life! The bead board ceiling was by far one of the hardest projects we’ve done; mostly because it’s all overhead which is incredibly hard on your neck and arms. But the finished product was SO WORTH IT!
The bead board ceiling panels were all Eric’s idea, and admittedly I was cursing him while the two of us were trying to hold them in place AND screw them up! But they really are the best part!
It took us two full days to get this project done, but the process could go even faster if you have help! So if you have a ceiling that’s seen better days; maybe it has water damage or you just hate that popcorn ceiling – head over to the Home Depot blog for my full tutorial on doing your own DIY ceiling makeover!
- Cut the beadboard panels. We cut the panels so they were all the same dimensions and would fill the ceiling evenly. This will make everything symmetrical when it’s time to add the 1 x 6’s.
- Locate and mark the ceiling joists. We decided to attach the panels into the ceiling joists so we were sure they were up securely. You can locate ceiling joists with a stud finder, or go into the attic and have a look for yourself. We used painter’s tape to indicate where the joists were.
- Drill pilot holes into the panels based on your measurements for the ceiling joists. This will make it so much easier to get the screws in quickly when you are holding it up to the ceiling!
- Measure and cut out any holes for light fixtures and vents with a jig saw.
Be sure to measure twice and cut once. We used a recessed light hole saw to get the perfect circles around the lights.
Optional: Use a router to make the edges look nice and finished.
- Attach the panels one at a time to the ceiling by screwing into the ceiling joists. We did this with two people, but if you have an extra set of hands you will be grateful!
You’ll notice that your room is probably not perfectly square, and you may have some gaps. This is okay because you will be covering all the seams with 1 x 6’s later.
- After getting the panel up, go back and tack up with a finish nailer if it is sagging. Try to keep the nail holes in line so it will be easier to cover them later.
- Measure and cut your 1 x 6’s. You’ll want to use boards that will go the full length, so break up the longest sides of the room by covering the shorter seams first.
- Use Liquid Nails and a few finish nails to attach the 1 x 6’s into place.
- After you’ve covered all the seams with 1 x 6’s, it’s time to add the moulding.
I used Cove moulding, but you can use any shape you’d like. This is an important part because it really gives it a finished look and will cover any spaces or gaps that are showing. The moulding was installed with 1-inch finish nails.
- Prep your new faux coffered ceiling for paint by filling in any nail holes or gaps with wood filler, then sand. After the ceiling is prepped, it’s time to paint!
You will measure your space and decide how you want your ceiling laid out before purchasing materials. This will help you decide how many panels, what length of 1 x 6’s, and how many feet of moulding you need.
With just a few basic materials you can turn your drab ceiling into a statement ceiling or even cover a popcorn ceiling! This is faux coffered ceiling project is pretty labor intensive, but the finished project is worth it!