Plank Ceiling

The bottom half of the dining room currently looks like a bomb went off in it because of what’s going on it the kitchen, but we finally finished working on the top half of the room last week- so I thought I’d document that big ol’ project, start to finish-style, here on our blog today. It’s been a bit of a work in progress over the past four years, so we’re excited to finally be able to check that sucker off our list, once and for all!

We started with a popcorn-esque ceiling back in 2007…

I say “popcorn-esque” because it was actually swirls of stuff…not little bumps, like popcorn ceilings have.

Then, at some point, we realized there was wood underneath it, so Kev went all Tasmanian Devil on it one day…

After we got that mess cleaned up, we primed and painted the wood planks (Sea Salt) blue. We hung a light fixture up in the middle of the room for a couple of years, but we were never 100% happy with the condition of the planks…

(The white rectangle was up there for quite a while too, for an article we worked on for

But since it’s easier to rip down that it is to put up, we spent waaaay too long staring at the beyond-rustic planks and the hole in the ceiling where the light once was.

We discovered an inexpensive solution to our problem a couple of months ago though, and once we had the new ceiling planks installed, we fired up our True Value gift card again, and picked up some 1″ x 4″ MDF boards, and some 3/4″ round wood molding to finish off the edges of the ceiling…

We used the 3/4″ round molding because there were still some pretty big gaps around the edges of the room after we put the 1 x 4’s up. The 3/4″ round sealed everything off, nice and neat. Well, after Kevin caulked for about four hours, of course.

Our True Value carries traditional-style crown molding too, but we actually like the way the straight 1×4’s look in this house, and they’re a lot less expensive then the traditional stuff, so that was good for the ol’ boo-jwah, too. (Note: That’s how I say the word, “budget”. It’s like saying Tar-jhay instead of “Target”. Try it sometime…it’s fun.)

We saved up for (and put a 20% off coupon to good use on) a new light fixture this year, too…

And thanks to our super sweet and electrically-saavy neighbors, we were able to get that hung up this past week. (Thank you again, neighbors!)

Our dining room is a lot longer than it is wide, so I wanted something more linear in shape than the round fixture we had up there before. I really dig the way the new fixture looks at night, too. I’ll have to snap a pic of it sometime. Ya know…when the dust settles and there isn’t a room full of kitchen stuff sitting underneath it.


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  1. says

    I love the ceiling, light fixture, and curtains! I have the yucky popcorn ceiling too and was wondering if I could just put the wood planks right on top of the popcorn?

  2. Lesley says

    We had yucky popcorn ceilings all over our house when we moved it, and I’ve scraped every bit of it off except for in the great room where the ceiling slopes up to a max height of 16 feet. I’m certainly not attempting to scrape that! Hubby and I settled on the plank ceiling idea, and I noticed those boards at our Lowe’s before, too. I’m happy to see they worked well for you! It looks great and gives me hope that it will work for us, too!

  3. Nicole says

    Hi Layla!

    I’ve noticed that you’ve found wood planks under the drywall on your ceilings in several of your rooms. How did you find out they were under there? My fiance and I just purchased a similar style home and we’re excited to start some DIY projects for ourselves and I can’t help but wonder if we might have some wood gems hiding under our popcorn ceilings as well!


  4. Kathy says

    I love the idea of using the mdf and round molding instead of the traditional crown molding. I don’t have a cottage home (wish I did) but I have always wanted crown molding but thought it would look too fancy so this idea is PERFECT!! I am so happy I found your blog :) (My husband may not be….lol) Thanks for sharing