You say popcorn ceiling, I say ugh!
You may not know that I’ve lived in my home for over 42 years. Many of the renovations that have been done were not my choice. Adding a popcorn ceiling to every room in the house is one of those decisions that I regret. But in most rooms it was a necessity because the ceiling was in rough shape and the textured ceiling helped hide issues. But I’m so over the textured popcorn ceiling. I know a lot of people have been scraping their ceilings, but that really isn’t an option for me. Short of adding new drywall on all the ceilings I thought my options were very limited. Receiving my new Maytag appliances spurred and inspired a lot of home improvement projects, including this “cover up the ugly popcorn, plank ceiling project.
I have partnered with Maytag® to sponsor this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thin plywood for ceiling planks
I decided to use thin plywood known as “underlayment” for my ceiling planks. I used six 4x8 sheets for this project.
Rip wood on the table saw
To begin, the 4x8 sheets were ripped in half, and then half again to make them easier to manage. The planks are around 6” wide.
The planks were stored in the garage until I could find the time to paint them.
Paint wood planks before putting on the popcorn ceiling
Using a small foam roller really worked well.
Finding a way to dry them was a little more challenging. I had the painted planks everywhere in the backyard.
Mark ceiling joists
Here is the lovely popcorn ceiling. Rodney helped me with this job. I originally thought I could do it by myself, but reconsidered. Boy, am I glad I did! This is NOT a one person job. We snapped a chalk line going north to south and east to west to find the center of the room. NOTE: snapping a chalk line indoors on the ceiling can be a little messy.
Secure wood planks
We staggered the boards, taking turns holding and shooting the brad nails. We shot nails on the studs.
As Rodney was taking the ceiling fan down, he noticed that it was not secured properly and told me I’m really lucky it hadn’t fallen on me. Yikes! You might notice the NEW FLOORS! I am loving the new laminate floating floors so much. In the background you can see the diy barn doors.
A view from the floor looking up. Ooops! Do you see a nickel? We used nickels to space all the boards. I think we had about 10 of them—we were constantly dropping them on the floor.
The nail holes were patched and I did a final coat of paint on the ceiling.
Patch nail holes
I am falling in love all over again with my kitchen thanks to my Maytag kitchen suite and recent updates. The fingerprint resistant stainless steel finish has been perfect for my post-kitchen renovation clean-up and I love that I only need water to clean it. Speaking of water, the refrigerator also has a PowerCold® feature, which has helped me stay hydrated by keeping everything nice and cool.
. There are several more projects I need to finish. I still plan to build a new kitchen table and a small console table to hold my small t.v. You can see how I made the Bless The Food Sign and one of my most recent projects, the loaf pan planter by clicking those links. By the way I painted the bead board wall—you may remember it was gray.
I currently have a board and batten back splash. When I did it, I liked it, but maybe I need something different? I also desperately need a new counter top and sink. Oh, and I plan do rework the kitchen island/craft station. I wonder if I’ll ever get it all done.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about the upcoming projects.
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.