Hello friends and welcome to my big ceiling reveal!! I really love to make over all kinds of junk I drag home, but ceilings? Not so much. I mean how much more boring can a ceiling makeover be, right? Yawn. Snore. But it had to be done, y’all. I had to put all my fun makeovers on hold to work on this:
Popcorn central woot woot! This was taken a couple of years ago actually when I was writing up my wish list of projects to be accomplished that year. As you can clearly see, this didn’t get crossed off the list that year.
The patch job in the center was to repair a waterfall from our Master Bath. I had just had Brennan and we were in full swing on our Master Bath Remodel. My husband was working on the plumbing when the ceiling gave way and water came gushing out of our ceiling. I was feeding Brennan at the time right about where I took this picture from. You can barely see how the water ran to every seam in the drywall on the ceiling and turned it a lovely shade of yellow. Then last year we had a water heater leak from upstairs above the TV.
I have been wanting hardwood floors for years now and my hubby finally gave me the go ahead at Christmas. I was beyond excited! BUT, the ceiling had to be dealt with first.
Here’s how we dealt with it:
I love how it turned out!
It adds a ton of character! We love coffered ceilings, but our ceiling in our living room is only eight feet high, so we knew that was a no-go for us. Then a couple of New Year’s Eves ago, my SIL sent us a hilarious video of my brother dancing to Just Dance on the wii at their neighbor’s house, and I spotted their ceiling. Immediately I knew that’s what I wanted.
We started by covering the nasty popcorn and patchwork ceiling with 4X4 luan panels (started as 4X8’s), that we painted before hanging. The fact that the master bath flood of 2010 left a dingy yellow line at almost every joist was a fantastic help! That helped us to line the new panels up so we could screw them right into the joists.
You can see at the far end to left above the TV where the water heater leak left sagging popcorn.
We continued to hang right up to the seam you see in the foreground of the last photo where the popcorn ends. That marks where the kitchen begins.
I think our family and friends, and even my hubby were a bit skeptical of my vision at this point. Here the molding got a fresh coat of paint to match the ceiling, and as you can see, we did not take down the crown molding to complete this project. Lazy DIYers. We ran the perimeter boards right up to the molding.
We used the same paint used on our kitchen cabinets (I share a complete how to paint kitchen cabinets here.), in my favorite off-white, Behr’s Cottage White. This is a satin finish.
It took us nearly two months to get to this point. As soon as March Madness was over, I went to town and got all the boards painted and ready to go.
I used primed 1X6X8s from The Home Depot for either side (to hide a gap on the left side of the room, made them even by doing it on both sides.), and 1X4X8s for the rest…
I used 31 in all to complete my space. Then I started hanging them using my cordless nail gun. I started with the perimeter first.
Then I added the pieces going across.
And then in between going perpendicular. Those were the toughest pieces. It was hard to line them up perfectly even to look like one long board.
I am not a professional faux coffered ceiling hanger, I totally eye-balled every piece I hung. Our room is not perfectly square anyway, so it was probably for the best.
After everything was up, I filled in the nail holes and caulked the gaps. Then touched up with paint.
I am really loving the results. These pictures really show how open my floor plan is…
Just imagine with beautiful new hardwood floors!
UPDATE: No need to imagine…see our hardwood floors HERE now yippee!
We ended the ceiling treatment just before the kitchen because for one, that was where the original popcorn ended, but also because some of the existing lights in the kitchen would not have cleared the wood pieces had we kept going.
I want to slip cover my sectional eventually too. Maybe when my four-year old outgrows his sticky finger syndrome.
UPDATE: I did it! I slipcovered my sectional…see it HERE now!
This space looks so much different from when it was my husband’s bachelor pad. I’ll have to see if I can dig up any photos.
I recreated my Spring mantel from last year before our Easter dinner guests arrived. It’s awesome to have those old posts for reference to decorate quickly.
I’ve been working outside too!
Too bad I didn’t clean the glass door while I was at it. 🙂
I guess I’ve goofed off enough. A few thrifty makeovers are on the way, I promise!
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