Wood Ceiling Installation

Kev made me a birthday hair flag yesterday morning and you can bet your bottom dollar I wore that sucker all. Day. Long!

Even to Publix.

Birthday lunch: spinach & artichoke dip, Townhouse crackers, california rolls, and mini cupcakes

Yep. I turned the big 3-8 yesterday, and I celebrated in true DIY style- working on Kevin’s brother’s ceiling! Here’s what it looked like before we started nailing up the planks on Monday (11am)…

…and here’s where we left off last night (6:30pm)…

Like I mentioned the other day, we’re using this photo as our inspiration for this room…

…so the blue-painted planks will really give it that Southern Living feel for less than $200.

We started by pulling down the vent covers and two of the recessed lights…

Insulation came raining down on our heads when we pulled the light fixtures down, and since each one had a big ol’ sticker that said…

…we made a quick call to Kev’s brother (Kerry) and suggested that he update his lights when we’re done working on the ceiling. (Note: Kerry agreed, and our electrician friend, Mark, is installing the new lights on Friday!)

After the lights and vents were down, we made trip #2 to the home improvement store because we realized that we’d definitely need one of these…

…and since we didn’t feel like making trip #3 to the home improvement store (doh!), we used a couple of these to mark our ceiling joists…

Note: Don’t forget to buy a chalk line when your at the store! It took a looong time to do it this way, and we probably should have just driven back and purchased one, but we did it, it’s done, and our crayon lines have been workin’ like a charm so far- ha!

(Note to Kevin- I love you so much for trusting my crazy ideas, and I hope that if you’re reading this several years from now, that you’re smiling REALLY big about our crazy days dropping “half crayons” from tall ladders. “Who’s turn is it to climb down and get it this time?” ;-)

#IfYou’reWackyAndYaKnowItClapYourHands #ClapClap

Oh, hey, and here’s another little time-savin’ tip (ya know, since we’re so good at saving time…hardy har har)- Paint drips are NOT your friend. Be very careful to use a light touch when paint your ceiling planks otherwise you will have to use a 5-in-1 tool screwdriver car key scissors to scrape out every little drip because the boards won’t click together like they’re supposed to.

We plan to finish the ceiling today, and then Kerry will start on touch-up duty: filling in some of the seams, knot holes & nail holes, and touch-up painting everything when it’s dry.

Things are definitely lookin’ up, and I can’t wait to blog about the project again later this week!

PS- Here’s another link to the planks we’re using: CEILING PLANKS. (Obviously) I’m no expert, but if you have any questions about my experience with them, I’d be happy to answer them in the comments section below! :-)

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