The final piece of the puzzle for my dining room makeover is here, the coffered ceiling! It took me quite a long time to get to the final details because of the break I took during the holidays.
But, hey guys, its here, and I love it, and as a way to say thank you to all of you for being that patient, I'm super happy to be teaming up with Ryobi Tools to give you the opportunity to win an amazing set of power tools. I'll talk to you about this in a minute. For now, let's get to the ceiling details...
I was in the midst of building the bookcases, when out of the blue I looked atthe big white expanse of ceiling above me, and without thinking twice, I grabbed two pieces of wood and tried to visualize how to give my plain ceiling a new look.
The plan was set right then and there: I was going to build a coffered ceiling.
Well, a flat coffered ceiling, and I thought, perhaps, to give it some texture by adding beadboard in between the beams, because, in my mind it all was going to be white.
However, after finding out I had no budget for the five full beadboard sheets, I had to settle for five sheets of ¼" underlayment. They're around 12 bucks per sheet.
The good people at The Home Depot made all the cuts for me. Sometimes is free, sometimes it isn't. I paid 5 bucks for them to cut seven of these sheets. I'm so thankful for this, It would've been crazy doing it by myself.
So, this is how the building of the flat coffered ceiling went:
(Ceiling aprox. area: 12' x 10')
The materials: (This post contains affiliate links)
- ¼" Underlayment sheets cut at 8" width lengthwise. ( there's one plank on each sheet that's only 7½")
- 1 x 4 primed finger-joint pine for the perimeter of the room.
- 1 x 6 primed finger-joint pine for the beams
- Crown molding (9/16 x 4-5/8) all around the room.
- Small molding or half round all around the coffers.
- Liquid Nails
- Painter's Putty
- Behr Swiss Coffe - Semi Gloss finish, and Painting materials.
- 120 grid Sandpaper
- ONE+ 18-Volt Corner Cat Finish Sander
- 18-Volt ONE+ AirStrike 18-Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer
- ONE+ 18-Volt 15-Gauge AirStrike Cordless Angled Nailer
- 15-Amp 10 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser
- Jig Saw
- Measuring Tape
- Stud Finder
The most important step for this whole project is done even before driving the first nail.
Using a stud finder, locate the ceiling joists. Snap chalk lines all along the center of those joists.
Measure the ceiling area and draw your design on paper. Then, bring those measurements to your ceiling. I marked the placement of the beams on the ceiling and I also made little marks on the walls.
In order to economize, I decided to use 1 x 4 material around the perimeter of the room, leaving a 1½" empty space that the crown molding would cover. I'll explain this later in the post.
The plank installation has to be done perpendicular to the ceiling joists.
The other important thing to consider while making the plan, is how to hide the seams. Remember that the length of each plank is only 8' and most ceilings are wider or longer than that. Hide those seams by placing the beams right on top of them.
So, once the design is in place and your ceiling marks are done, it's time to give it a go.
Start by giving all your planks a good sanding. Those edges are full of splinters, but they're also fragile, go easy on them. I used a 120 grid sandpaper to smooth them all out.
Apply adhesive to the back of each plank and start the installation. Make sure that first plank is level, and keep on checking that level line while installing the boards.
You need a helping hand for this part of the project, it's difficult to do this all by yourself, those planks are long and flimsy.
My spacers were two wooden rulers, 1/8" of space in between planks. The installation continued, adding the adhesive to the back of each plank, and setting them in place with two 1¼" brad nails driven along those ceiling joist lines.
The planks were marked to go around the lighting fixture, then, they were cut out with a jig saw.
This is the look of the room with all the planks already in place. The arrow is pointing at the seam that later on will be covered by one of the beams.
The next step is to add the 1 x 4 material all around the room. I used scrap pieces of 1 x 2 as temporary spacers, why use material that the crown molding is going to cover. The spacers bring those 1 x 4 outside the crown.
Adhesive was also applied to this 1 x 4 boards before bringing them to the ceiling.
Installing the long 1 x 6 beams, was again a two person job. Adhesive was generously applied to these boards.
I used my angled nailer to drive 15 gauge, 2½" brad nails to secure the beams to the joists on the ceiling.
Crown molding was the next step. All cuts were done with the miter saw, and then coping all those inside angles, fine tuning them with the Dremel.
As I said at the beginning, my plan was to paint all those planks, but the more I looked at my two tone ceiling, the more I loved the rustic look. So, I decided to leave it just like that. I might paint it in the future.
Though, all those little gaps were driving me nuts.
Just a few days ago, the small molding was added. I used a simple miter box and a regular saw to make all those 45-degree angles, the day was too cold to go outside to use the miter saw. :)
And, as they say... It's all in the details!
The final task is to cover all the nail holes with painter's putty, run caulk all down the seams, and paint all those areas.
Needles to say, I'm delighted at how my new dining room, oh well, my office, looks now! :)
I think this is something you can totally do if you have the proper tools, which brings me to:
As I said at the beginning of this post, I'm so excited to be teaming up with RYOBI POWER TOOLS to give a lucky winner the two tools that made this ceiling project possible:
- RYOBI ONE+ AirStrike 18-Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer
- RYOBI ONE+ 18-Volt 15-Gauge AirStrike Cordless Angled Nailer
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*Ryobi Tools were given to me to try out,
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