We are finally done our oldest son’s bedroom! I wanted to share how we added the bead board ceiling which in my opinion adds so much character to the room :). The ceiling also looks beautiful next to the Benjamin Moore Hale Navy color we decided to paint the walls!
One of the first things we did to our son’s room after changing the doorway was add a bead board ceiling. This was not the first bead board ceiling we added since we moved into our old farmhouse. Last year we added 4×8 bead board sheets to the ceiling in our youngest son’s room. You can see that here.
Bennett’s room had a textured plaster ceiling that was in poor shape. We wanted to change it but didn’t want the mess of taking down the plaster and installing new drywall. Instead of the thin 4×8 sheets of bead board we wanted something that had a little more strength to it so we decided on 3/4 inch tongue and groove bead board from Home Depot.
Bead boards sheets are definitely cheaper, lighter, and less work but there is something nice about adding the real thing! The bonus of adding a layer of wood to the ceiling is that is room is noticeably warmer, which is great in a drafty old farmhouse :).
Here’s What We Did – DIY – Bead Board Ceiling
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1) We zipped down basic 2 X 4’s on the table saw into 1/2 inch thick strips.
2) We located the ceiling joists and screwed the 1/2 inch strips through the plaster and into the ceiling joists with 3 inch screws. This helped secure the plaster to the ceiling so that it wouldn’t continue to crack and later fall down and it also provided a nailing board to attach the bead board to.
3) We nailed the bead boards to the 2×4 strips using a finish nailer. Originally there was a separate light and fan in the room. We decided to buy a fan and light combo so it would make the ceiling less busy.
4) We primed and painted the ceiling white and added a new ceiling fan from Home Depot. I think you all will agree that his ceiling looks way better than before.
We added bead board to the ceiling in our hallway already and plan on adding it next to Ryan’s room which we will start remodeling this weekend :). I will be sharing a built in desk we made out of old wood as well as a final reveal of our oldest son Bennett’s room in the next few weeks. To see more pics of Ben’s original room click here for the original plan we started with and here for the doorway change.
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