Guest Bedroom/Home Office Closet And Ceiling Update

Saturday, May 26th. 3:30pm– Install the first wood plank on top of our existing textured ceiling:

(There’s actually wood up above our ceilings in this part of the house, so it made for easy nail gunning. If you’re interested in doing something similar, but don’t have wood above your sheetrock, just find your ceiling joists, mark them with a chalk line, and shoot your nails into them instead.)

Sunday, May 27th. 10:33am– Decide to go with Benjamin Moore’s “Burnt Peanut Red” on our new (old) closet doors, andΒ  start installing the rest of our wood planks on the ceilingΒ collapse from exhaustion, eat way too much food, and watch The Vow. #SniffleSniffle

(PS- We sampled 4 different reds before deciding on Burnt Peanut. Red is such a tricky color, isn’t it?)

Monday, May 28th. 8:30am– (Camera shy) Brian resumes work on the closets, and I decide to only snap pics of his progress while he’s outside sawing so that I don’t scare him away:

Monday, May 28th. 2:58pm– Brian attaches the first door and I can no longer contain my excitment:

Monday, May 28th. 4:09pm– Max is officially no longer afraid of the sound of Brian’s nail gun:


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  1. kathy boyce says

    I was wondering how this was coming along…It’s going to look awesome!…I actually started installing plank boards on my bathroom wall this weekend too! So far, it looks great!

  2. says

    So funny watched the VOW this weekend too, it was great I loved the way he loved her. And the red looks fantastic… Enjoy

  3. says

    It is going to be awesome! We are covering ugly popcorn ceilings with boards – love that look. I remember when Sarah Richardson did those closets – I can’t wait to see yours done!

  4. Marcia says

    Very nice . . . love the idea of putting wood over the textured ceiling! The new closets will add storage AND character to this room! Great job!!!

  5. Linda@Coastal Charm says

    Oh yes..RED is a very hard color!!! Painted a bedroom at our beach house a few years ago…about killed me after 5 coats is was ready for us to move into the room.


  6. The Mason Jar Antiques says

    I like your choice of the red. Can’t wait to see it done! πŸ˜€

  7. Kelly Martin says

    What type of planks did you use on your ceiling? We are wanting to do the same thing, but I can’t figure out the best planks to use. Did you use the same type of planks on the wall as well?

    • Layla says

      Hey Kelly!

      Just click on the “wood plank” link in the first sentence of this post and it’ll take you over the post I did about the planks. :-)
      The planks on the wall were actually already on the wall (under the drywall) when we moved into the house. #WeWereSoExcitedToFindThem !

  8. Dawn says

    That IS a good red. I used awning red by behr in our TV room – but I think your red is even better! Nicely done!

  9. Liz says

    Did you guys nail the planks up like hardwood floors or did you glue them after locking them in the tongue & groove? I went back to your original post when you tried them in the dining room but you didn’t mention whether you nailed or glued.

    I think you nailed – am I correct?

    We want to do something like this in our kitchen.


    • Layla says

      Hey Liz!

      Yep- we just nailed them up to the existing sheetrock and wood plank ceiling. (See the paragraph in parenthesis below the first pic on this post for another option if you don’t happen to have old wood planks hiding underneath your existing sheetrock!) πŸ˜‰

  10. says

    This is looking sooooo good. I wouldn’t be able to contain my excitement either! Loving that red…and YES red can be so tricky – going anywhere from hot pink to magenta to orange.
    Can’t wait to see the finished space!

  11. denise says

    I saw Tick Tock in the first photo! how is your baby cat? better and going potty where he should be? I hope so :)

    • Layla says

      LOL! πŸ˜€ Kit-Cat is doing just fine. Turns out he didn’t like the baking soda stuff we were sprinkling on top of his litter!

  12. Nancy LeB says

    Re: Max and the nail gun – I have got to think that the nail gun makes a lot of noise and Max has a lot of ear so I can only imagine how scary that would be :)

    • Layla says

      Brian’s nail gun is actually quieter than ours (no noisy air compressor), so I think that’s why he “warmed up” to it quicker! πŸ˜€

  13. says

    Red is totally tricky. In paint, clothes… lipstick! Funny, not in cars though? Pretty much any red car rocks πŸ˜‰

    Love the shade you selected. Looking good!!

  14. Suzie Q says

    So glad Kit Cat is ok! My hubby wants to know what kind of nail gun Brian has w/ no loud compressor?

  15. Raylynn says

    Would love to have a red door in my house! I want to put an old fashioned screen door on my pantry and paint red with flourescent green on the facing edge! Saw that once and loved it!
    Can’t wait to see the finish!
    By the way, going to Cullman in 2 weeks for a travel baseball tourney and will be visiting Southern Accents to look around!!

  16. tracyo says

    Layla, you make me chuckle! I always look forward to your posts. Thank you for putting light in my day! Your project is looking great (which is no surprise of course!) Have a great week.

  17. says

    Red is my favorite color and I LOVE the shade that you picked. I’m having fun watching your project advance. Especially since the one I am doing is NOT advancing due to the fact that our upstairs air conditioner has stopped working.

    I love your blog!

  18. says

    Layla- Red really is hard to get right! It could be too bright, too muted or just the wrong undertone. I am a huge fan of red myself-so way to go to pick something bold for the closet-love it!! I too loved the colour that Sarah Richardson picked for her closet doors-Gotta love Burnt Peanut Red!

  19. Shelly Warden says

    I have several rooms with AWFUL popcorn ceilings. I was overwhelmed with the challenge of removal. You’ve inspired me to a more simple solution – cover them up! I think we will use the faux metal ceiling tiles in the back entry and wood slats in the basement. Love your site!

  20. Kim in MD says

    Gorgeous, as usual, Layla! I am so excited to see the room come together, and can’t wait to see the final results!

  21. Linda says

    Good choice on your red it’s beautiful!

    Nail guns are SO LOUD. Max is a brave little doggie!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Linda! :-) And, yes, they sure are loud, aren’t they! BAM! BAM! πŸ˜€

  22. Kaye Chastain says

    Oh Layla, this is truly going to be beautiful! What goes underneath the center window? That red is gorgeous!!

  23. Marianne in Mo. says

    OOOOHHHHH! I’m so jealous! It’s looking magnificent! And I DO like the red you chose! It’s perfect with the light that room gets! BTW, can’t believe Brian worked on a holiday – what a guy!!

    • Layla says

      I know! He’s such a hard worker, and we sure do feel lucky to have found him! πŸ˜€

  24. says

    ahh, the VOW!! My dear BaileyHusband actually purchased the movie for me this weekend so he didn’t feel guilty leaving me for golfing alllllll daaayy Sunday. That is how he loves me! Works for me!!

  25. says

    Looks GREAT! Red is indeed a tricky color but the effect is well worth the effort. Love Max’s tough guy face. I’m sure he has roots in NJ. :)
    Your Friend,

  26. says

    Layla — I love that Burnt Peanut Red. Really love it. Red is hard. We have a front hall and entry done in red. Yummies. A Para Paint P2037-03 called Sampler Red. It’s bold.

    Can’t wait to see this room finished. Love the cubbies above the doors.

  27. Chrissy says

    Hahaha–before I even saw the words “tough guy face” I thought “oh my gosh, Max is doing his best Clint Eastwood impression”!!!

  28. says

    Wow, it’s going to be amazing, how excited are you? I’m so happy for you that they are turning out and adding fat stacks of charm. :)

  29. carshena says

    Is there a way to view most or all of the posts on the same page instead of having to click older. I want to scroll down and see the next post. I do not want to click older. Is there a way to do this?

    • Layla says

      Hi Donna! This room will be our guest bedroom, so we plan to put a full-sized bed beneath the window. :-)

  30. Deborah says

    I like the red. I’m thinking I’d like to do my kitchen in red/creamy something. Reading your blog makes me want to get all do-it-yourselfey.

  31. frank says

    your post is hilarious! i would put away work any day to go watch a movie =) did you have a hard time with the wood planks? since your ceilings are textured?

  32. says

    Wow! Love the room so far! And your little dog looks like our Annabell! lol Looking forward to ‘visiting’ often and watching the progress.

  33. karen says

    If you are putting a bed under that window, I would be wiring some light fixtures into the walls of each closet. It would be good for a desk there too.

  34. Elizabeth says

    Sorry this comment is SO behind the times… but I’m late to your awesome house party and I’m trying to catch up! Anyhow, had a question – I noticed you didn’t prime your closet doors before painting. I’ve always thought this was a big no-no, but would be VERY happy to learn it’s okay to skip that step. Any advice?