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DIY Wood Plank Ceiling

This DIY Wood Plank Ceiling turned out absolutely GORGEOUS!

The project was much easier than we expected and so much fun! The ceiling adds so much character to the laundry room.

DIY Wood Plank Ceiling-

  • 1. Decide which direction you want the planks to go.
    • You’ll want to look at the layout of the room and determine what direction you want the plank board to go. We wanted beams so we had the planks go the long way across the room and the beams went across the width of the space.
  • 2. Measure your ceiling.
    • You want to measure the complete area of the ceiling so you know what size board to purchase.
  • 3. Cut the planks.
    • While you are at the store, have them cut your boards for you if you don’t have a saw.
  • 4. Choose stains.
    • You want to choose the stain you want and try a sample in an area that will not be seen if you don’t like the color.
    • A tip we learned in your local store will match the stain for you if you are trying to stay close to a color. They are pretty accurate.
  • 5. Stain the plank boards.
    • Once you’ve determined what stain you want, just stain the boards. With each additional application of the stain, the color will become darker and darker.
  • 6. Allow the stain to dry.
    • I know it’s exciting, but allow the stain to completely dry before installing the ceiling. We really like working with the gel stain because they dried almost immediately.
  • 7. Start nailing the planks.
    • Start at one corner of the room and put up your first plank. We used our 18 gauge nail gun to secure the nails to the ceiling.
  • 8. Continue until all boards are installed.
    • You want to continue nailing the planks together with as little seam between them as possible.
Step by step collage of how to make a DIY wood ceiling.

Here’s the image of the ceiling before the remodel started. It is quite the transformation if I do say so myself!

How to add a beam to wood ceiling-

  • 1. Get the correct size beam.
    • You don’t want seams and pieces in your “beam” even though it’s fake. If your room is wider, order the appropriate size needed.
  • 2. Connect three of the board to create a U. Nail this part to the ceiling first. We secured it into the studs with the screw gun.
  • 3. Take your final pieces and complete the beam. Secure it with the nail gun.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you have to put a protective finish once the plants are stained?

We didn’t apply anything in the laundry but for a bathroom we would recommend doing so.

Should I caulk the nails?

If you use the trim nail gun we linked, the nails are so small and hardly noticeable. With the grains from the wood, you’d never know where there were. Save yourself an extra headache.

How do I make sure the boards won’t fall?

You want to make sure you secure them into studs with screws. So, measure out the studs so you know where to properly apply the screws. We used the nail gun for the actual plants and secured the inside of the beam with a screw gun to hide the screws.

What if my planks aren’t straight?

Just use a hammer to help you where needed. Also, if you start securing from one size of the board, you can push the rest of the board into place as you are nailing.

How did you work around the light?

When you get to the light, draw and cut the opening then reinstall the light over the planks.

Well, friends. I cannot wait to share what this laundry will look like when it is complete and I think it is going to be beautiful!


Stay tuned and read all about our previous project, the powder room remodel!

Fondly,
Tim+Valentina

DIY Wood Plank Ceiling

Author: Life in Our Corner
Learn how to DIY a Wood Plant Ceiling with beams. Doing the job yourself is so easy and just about anyone can do it.
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Ingredients

  • 6" wood plants
  • wood stain
  • nails and screws

Instructions

  • Decide which direction you want the planks to go.
    You’ll want to look at the layout of the room and determine what direction you want the plank board to go. We wanted beams so we had the planks go the longer way across the room and the beams went across the width of the space.
  • Measure your ceiling.
    You want to measure the complete area of the ceiling so you know what size board to purchase.
  • Cut the planks.
    While you are at the store, have them cut your boards for you if you don’t have a saw.
  • Choose stains.
    You want to choose the stain you want and try a sample in an area that will not be see if you don’t like the color.
    A tip we learned is your local store will match the stain for you if you are trying to stay close to a color. They are pretty accurate.
  • Stain the plank boards.
    Once you’ve determined what stain you want, just stain the boards. Each additional application of the stain, the color will become darker and darker.
  • Allow stain to dry.
    I know it’s exciting, but allow the stain to completely dry before installing the ceiling. We really like working with the gel stain because they dried almost immediately.
  • Start nailing the planks.
    Start at one corner of the room and put up your first plank. We used our 18 gauge nail gun to secure the nails to the ceiling.
  • Continue until all boards are installed.
    You want to continue nailing the planks together with as little seam as possible.

How to add a beam to planked ceiling-

  • Get the correct size beam.
    You don’t want seams and pieces in your “beam” even though it’s fake. If your room is wide, order the appropriate size needed.
  • Connect three of the board to create a U. Nail this part to the ceiling first. We secured it into the studs with the screw gun.
  • Take your final pieces and complete the beam. Secure it with the nail gun.

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    1. Thank you for the very beautiful comment! I am so excited to see what this laundry is going to look like when we are completely finished. (p.s. Thank you for visiting our online home and being a part of our online family.:))