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Installing a Beadboard Ceiling

One of my biggest inspirations for my powder room makeover was adding beadboard just like the House of Smiths.

When I started this makeover, this is what my ceiling looked like:

I had a pretty awful textured ceiling going on:

 In fact, the whole room had a LOT of issues:
More "before" photos of the entire room are here

I got to work sketching out schematics of how I wanted my ceiling to look:
I  knew I needed 6 inch wide boards on the edges of the ceiling because my beadboard (the same type I used to back my garage mudroom built-ins) wasn't wide enough to cover the whole ceiling.

The problem was that when I measured the distance between the ceiling air conditioning vent and the wall, there wasn't enough room. Therefore, before I did anything else, I had to move the vent.:
 You probably noticed I changed the wall color as well.. that will be part of my future post revealing the entire bathroom.

    I first used a drywall saw to cut out a space around the vent:
I pushed the vent over as far as i could (it was jammed in between studs so it only could move about 3/4 of an inch.) I was then able to miter, paint and prime the boards that would go around the edge of the ceiling:
 I installed them with both liquid nails and 3 inch finishing nails.  They weren't perfect, but it wasn't anything caulk and spackle couldn't fix. I also marked the studs in the ceiling so I knew where to attach the beadboard:
 Once the trim was installed I was able to measure the exact width of the opening and the location of the A/C vent and exhaust fan. (It is much easier to do this when the beadboard is laying face down since that is the orientation it will be on the ceiling):
I used a jig saw to cut cut down the beadboard and cut out the openings:
 The next step was the only part of the project that required a second set of hands.   I coated the back of the beadboard in liquid nails and drove in finishing nails making sure to hit the studs:
Once the beadboard was up, the gaps needed molding to finish the look:
 As you can see i wasn't able to add molding where the A/C vent abutted the outside board, but it looked fine.  Much better than having to notch the border.
A little spackle, caulk and paint (once again I used Martha Stewart's Glass of Milk) and the transformation was complete:
 I am thrilled with the transformation! I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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  1. Fabulous! Come help me with mine now!!! That's my next project ... Did you have help to install it or do you have tips on how to do this solo? Any ideas would be helpful.

    You did a fabulous job.


  2. Looks amazing! Wow! I'm pinning this in case I build up the courage to give it a try. Can't wait to see the rest of the bathroom!


  3. Definitely a cool look! My husband's paranoid of any moisture getting behind it, otherwise I'd try to talk him into this for our hall bathroom remodel coming soon :)

  4. I love how you added the trim around the edge. I've always adored beadboard ceilings. Do you use a nailgun? Did you paint if before you installed it so that you only had to countersink the nails, patch, and spot paint? I've been considering doing something like this in the family room, but I"m not sure how hard it will be to nail up there (hard on my neck and back that is).

  5. love it! seriously looks incredible. so bright!

  6. It looks amazing!! What a great way to hide those ugly textured ceilings!!

  7. What a great idea. I want them in my house now. You did a great job.

  8. What a great job!! You've given me the encouragement to change our (ugly!) textured ceilings! Blessings!

  9. Oh my gosh Kim! You guys did such a fabulous job! Night and day! turned out so beautiful... You have me inspired to do that now (too bad we're renting now!)

    good job!


  10. That looks amazing! Very inspiring and thank you so much for taking the time to document the whole thing!! I love this!

  11. What a difference - it looks great!

  12. So pretty! I love the new ceiling. What an upgrade!

  13. That looks absolutely amazing! I love the paint color, and the boards look incredible.

  14. LOVE IT! I could put beadboard on everything it seems. Can't wait to see the finished product.

  15. I'd love to know how long this took. I've been sure for some time that something like this on the ceiling is what my bathroom needs. I sure appreciate you documenting the process and showing that it can be done and how. Thank you!

  16. FABULOUS job!!!! What an incredible transformation! :)

    xoxo laurie

  17. Oooh! I LOVE this! I've never considered using the wide MDF planks to do a border like that, but i love it! It almost makes it look like a tray ceiling or something. So cool!


  18. I'm so proud of you! What a wonderful project, you go girl! BTW LOVE the name of your blog :) I'd love for you to link up to my first ever linky party, Ta-Da Tuesday :) check it out HERE ! <3 from your newest follower, I'd be delighted if you'd follow back!

    413 Sparrow Lane

  19. You are awesome, and brave, haha! That looks fantastic, and I love the paint color too :).

  20. Oh my gosh, I'm going to cry. I cannot figure out what to do with our awful, textured, cracked, glued, hole-y kitchen ceiling. We put in recessed lights when our horrible fluorescents failed, and I love that, but I see why the previous owners just went with a drop ceiling.

    This is a great idea! You might have just saved my marriage (JK ;) .

  21. This is an AMAZING tutorial!! And it will be very useful for me! My ceiling is pealing paint like crazy and I'm having a hard time sanding it... THANKS for this solution!!

    You better be planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! :)

  22. This is awesome! I have never seen it as a ceiling treatment,and I can't imagine why. Great post!

  23. goodness!!! that is gorgoeus!

  24. This is FANTASTIC! I think it turned out really beautiful- I'd love to do this to my bathroom ceiling one day. Thanks for linking up and sharing.

  25. Turned out really really great. Do come and link it up at our linky party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/

  26. I really like bead board and I REALLY LIKE it on your ceiling! Thank you for sharing!

    Visiting from My Repurposed Life

  27. Okay, I dream about doing this in my entire first floor to cover up my hideous popcorn ceilings! Love it and am pinning it too!



  28. ab.so.lute.ly. i want to do this now. omg, my husband is going to freak out when i tell him. ha. this is so getting one in our master bath. great job ! fantastic !!!!

    ~ jackie

  29. Your ceiling looks great! I love beadboard! I sure do wish I were handier and could do this myself - looks great! Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  30. great job with the ceiling! My arms ache just looking at it! it was worth all the work. :)

  31. Hi! Congratulations on your feature at Home Stories A to Z! I love the look of beadboad and have plans to add it to my laundry room ceiling. I'm so glad to have a tutorial. I've pinned it to my design inspiration board for future reference.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  32. Wow! That made a huge difference. You did some good work. It also seems like you were able to do this with stuff you already had and not too many materials. Even better! I'm inspired!

  33. what an amazing job you did on your ceiling! This is exactly what I want to do in our master bathroom!

  34. Hi Kim I am a big fan, you have inspired me to go ahead and start working on my money pit :). I have a question though: do I need a compound miter saw and other tools to be able to do all the woodwork or is there a smaller tool that I can use? also do you recommend a book about trimming and molding and other woodwork projects for newbies like me? Thanks and keep up your amazing work and detailed posts.

  35. How I love it! Thanks for the wonderful tips!
    Air Conditioning Repair

  36. I just discovered your site and I am now a huge fan! I have hideous popcorn ceilings and I wanted to get rid of them and now I know how!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  37. Love it girlfriend! We beadboarded our ceiling in our last house after we took the wall down between the kitchen and dining room. It was a pain in the butt, neck actually, but was so worth it in the end.


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