DIY – Bead Board Ceiling

Come check out how we added bead board to our son's bedroom

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!

DIY – Bead Board Ceiling

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See how we added a bead board ceiling to our son's room

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.

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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.

DIY - Bead board Ceiling

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

1) We zipped down basic 2 X 4’s on the table saw into 1/2 inch thick strips.

DIY - Bead board Ceiling

DIY - Bead board Ceiling

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.

DIY - Bead board Ceiling

DIY - Bead board Ceiling

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.


DIY - Bead board Ceiling

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.

DIY - Bead board Ceiling

DIY - Bead board Ceiling


DIY - Bead board Ceiling

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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36 thoughts on “DIY – Bead Board Ceiling

  1. It looks fabulous! I’m so thankful you shared this. We may try it in our bathroom that has the old drop down ceiling tiles. This would look so much better! Keep up the great posts!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to see our bead board ceiling Cori! Best of luck trying it in your bathroom, if it’s a bathroom with a tub or shower you may want to check out the PVC or vinyl tongue and groove bead board which they sell at either Home Depot or Lowes (I can’t remember which sells it or maybe both do) My husband and I plan to add the a PVC bead board to our kids bathroom soon. The PVC is exterior grade so you wouldn’t have to worry about moisture as much as you would with real wood. If you are talking about a 1/2 bath than I think the wood bead board would work just as well. Take care, Tara

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about our bead board ceiling Terri! After priming the boards we used a semi-gloss white paint. It’s the same paint we used for all of the trim in our house, Sherwin Williams Emerald semi gloss extra white:). Take care, Tara

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out our Bead board ceiling Terry! With bead board tongue and groove planks the seams are scattered/staggered around the room and limited to the small end where we had to butt one next to another. We certainly tried to limit the seams as much as possible but they really disappear once you paint the bead board. For any seams that stood out used a little wood filler and gave them a quick sanding before painting to minimize the seam. Seams do become a problem if you are using the 4×8 sheets of bead board because you have a long seam in one location. In our youngest son’s room we used 4×8 sheets and covered the seams with 1x2s (here is the link to his room, http://lehmanlane.net/boys-bedroom-remodel/ )

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to see our DIY bead board ceiling Pam! We found the ceiling fan at the home depot. Although, I love the look of the fan I have found that the bulbs it uses are expensive and a pain to replace.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out our DIY bead board ceiling Steve! We just used a flat white ceiling paint on the boards.

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