We added a bead board ceiling to our son’s room. The bead board ceiling gives his room a ton of farmhouse character, & looks great next to his navy blue walls. It is also the perfect DIY ceiling idea to cover over an ugly popcorn ceiling & add a level of insulation insulation at the same time!
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DIY – Bead Board Ceiling to Hide an Ugly Popcorn Ceiling
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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 & LOVED how it turned out that we wanted to add it to all our ceilings! You can see that HERE.
Why we Chose Bead Board Ceiling
Bennett’s room had a textured popcorn 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, & 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. 🙂
DIY – How to Install a Bead Board Ceiling
Add Shim Boards to Attach the Bead Board To
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.
Nailing the Bead Board Ceiling to the Wood Shim Strips
3) We nailed the bead board tongue and groove 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.
Ben’s Room is DONE!!! See the full reveal HERE
We have loved the look of our DIY Bead Board ceiling so much that we have added it to our son Ryan’s built in bedroom (HERE), our boys bathroom using a vinyl bead board ceiling (HERE), & our newly remodeled farmhouse kitchen below. (HERE)
I hope this inspires you & answers all your questions about how to install bead board ceiling at your home!
by Tara Lehman
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