So projét finale in the crapt/guest room is complete.
Dudes, it was a job. I kinda liked it though; it was hard and yet, it wasn't.
So let's chit chat a little about this, huh?
There was nothing really wrong with this ceiling;
nothing really right, either. (Do you like my stars upon thars?)
So here's how you start:
Find your joists. Run yer stud finder all over the ceiling. Shield your eyes from falling ceiling texture. Pick it out of your hair later.
Have a really cool Daddy-o who's willing to help you get started. Chalk line all your joists so you know where to put your nails. 'Cause no one needs a board to the back of the head. Well, some people do, but you know.
Realize that you're not standing at the joist your daddy-o is standing at, hence, the crisscrossed chalk line on the ceiling.
Ask your Daddy-o and your hubby over and over if your going to be electrocuted from the light hanging out.
And you are ready to go.
These are your best friends.
Keep your hammer nearby. Like even through a belt loop nearby, 'cause you'll need it a lot to knock the boards into place here and there. The glasses keep the crap out of your eyes, the ear plugs help you not break an ear drum from the echoing down from the ceiling every.time. you pull the trigger, AND it helps me not be so sceered of the saw. (Seriously, I am that afraid of loud noises? Seriously.)
I mean I'm still afraid-- but in a healthy-respect, I'd-like-to-keep-all-my-digits kind of way.
Speaking of the saw, have someone willing to wheel it down for you so it's right there for every cut you need to make is rad.
Total time saver, man.
So as I said previously, you need to know where your joists are, and your panels are going to need to be the opposite direction, so as to have somewhere to nail into, if you follow me.
This is just like laying hardwood floor, 'cept your neck is craned and your arms are burning and you're getting ceiling crap in your eyes.
your joints. Tightly spaced.
(please don't notice that; it was hard to hold that over my head, on a step ladder, nail gun held with my knee caps)
your joints in their rows (not the wood together, those need to be tight. The joints row by row): space them as far as you can make them. It's prettier that way. Are you following me?
No need for exercise on this day-- working on the ceiling is all you'll ever need and then some.
Trade s'more favors with the hubs to put in my totally free chandelier, and we're good here.
I ended up using 6 pieces of $11 plywood. Unfortunately I still know my multiplication tables, dang it. But, BUT!
-The similar look of wallpaper would have been at least $90. And a pain.in.the.rear. (think sanding off all the texture. . . )
-Beadboard would have been $120.
-Tongue and groove planking would have been $130 or so.
We won't talk about how I'm currently adding crown molding to it, too, then. . .
So here we've got a before.
And the after.
But it does change the feel of the room, no?
Incidentally, I saw this lovely floor used with plywood at the same time I was doing my ceiling.
Dude. PLYWOOD. They averaged it to be like .45 a foot. It's like my ceiling (with thicker wood) on the floor. Man I've been considering a floor re-do in the laundry room and now the wheels are spinning. . .
Linked to The Shabby Nest.