Popcorn to Planked Ceiling Progress — Cape 27

Popcorn to Planked Ceiling Progress - Cape 27

Popcorn to Planked Ceiling Progress

First and foremost, if youre feeling generous today, wed loooove to have your vote for Ryans nursery over at Apartment Therapys Room for Color Contest. 

A few weekends back, we kicked off the beginning stages of planking the ceiling in the girls room. As Ive mentioned before, when we purchased our home, all of the bedrooms came equipped with popcorn ceilings (yay), and were slowly updating them to fit our tastes. Typically, popcorn ceilings can be scraped off with a little elbow grease, but if theyve been painted, like ours had, then youll have to get a little creative.

In Ryans room, we just simply covered them with new drywall. but we wanted to try something new in here. Planking it is!

I made a few quick stops into our local hardware stores, checking out the options, before settling on packs of 8 pine planks. A few things that sealed the deal for us:

• The bedroom is approximately 116 x 126, so the 8 length planks meant that wed have seams. It wasnt a deal breaker to work with the seams, but it wouldve taken half as long with longer 12 planks. Unfortunately, all of the 12 options were ridiculously thick and heavy, and ceilings are probably not the best place for that.

• Again, the weight. These planks were so lightweight that Ricky could easily install them by himself, which with three little people running around, is pretty much our only option right now.

• Cost. All the other options were a good $75-$100 more to plank the entire ceiling. These come in packs of six, at about $11 each. A no brainer. For anyone looking to do a ceiling of their own, we ended up using 12 packs, which ran us around $140 total, with tax.

Now, to learn from our mistakes — Paint before installing. We knew this, and tried to avoid it like hell, with no luck. We were in a bit of a time crunch that didnt allow us the prior paint step, but you my friends, should paint first, because what a good time my neck is having painting several ceiling coats and filling six million holes with wood putty.

Popcorn to Planked Ceiling Progress - Cape 27

Moving on.

The install itself is relatively easy, just mark your ceiling joists and a few nails gets the job done. The planks are tongue and groove and interlock, but one thing to note, this isnt the highest quality wood. Like, at all. So, when I say interlock, expect a little effort on your part in some spots. Also expect to take half the packs back to the store to exchange them for non-chipping, not completely falling apart pieces.  Dont get me wrong, it can be good stuff, its just more of a garage sale  experience youll have to do a little digging first.

I wanted to include this close up to show our edges. No, we are not this terrible at measuring (although sometimes it happens, ha). This was more a result of eliminating huge knots in the wood, and doing our best to prevent waste material. My point is, if youre planning to install crown molding, as we did, you have some room to play with, which is nice.

(half installed crown)

Were still in the process of painting now, but Im amazed at this transformation already. The room is so much  lighter without the pink ceiling, and Id be lying if I said I minded the natural wood. It feels really warm and cozy. Reminds me a lot of my parents home (a log cabin). Granted that wood ceiling is already painted white (haha), but its a nice reminder to try something out of the typical paint everything white box that we all seem to be stuck in these days.


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