Hi, all. I’ve officially written out my schedule for my blog, and I then realized that it’s in the middle of the week! So, in order to stay with my schedule, I’m going to post 4 posts today as opposed to waiting for a few days before posting again. Here is my first post for DIY Mondays! Enjoy!
How often have you walked into a room and the walls are gorgeous, the floor and spectacular, and–the ceiling is just a plain ole white? It may have popcorn on it, it may not, but the ceiling just utterly takes away from the design and theme of the room . I know I have–multiple times. However, not everyone might be willing to just cover up the white with the same color paint as the walls or even a different color because it may take away form the overall effect of the room. They know what the effect is presently, and they fear that just painting the ceiling would take away form what effect the room has. I have a solution that not only gets rid of the standard ceiling but also give the room grandeur. Try wainscoting.
My parents began to remodel their master bathroom while I was off at college, and I went home this past week for my spring break. I became my mom’s sounding board for the project, and she bounced the idea of a wooden ceiling off of me. I was all for it! I knew that they were painting the walls a light blue and would put white wainscoting around the lower half of the walls, and I knew that they were going to put white tile down on the floor–I could just see how spectacular a wooden ceiling would make everything come together (even though it was just for the bathroom.) A few days later, my dad enlisted me in helping him stain, varnish, and actually put up the ceiling.
First, you’ll need some pine wainscoting–pine is what we used, but you can use whatever wood you would like. You can get some from Lowe’s for around $11 a package that you can stain and varnish yourself, or you can get some that is already stained and varnished and ready to install for about $15. What you need to do I measure the length and width of the ceiling that you will be remodeling.
Next, you’ll want to have the stain and varnish that you would like to use. If you opted to buy the pre-finished wainscoting, you don’t need to buy some (or use some). We used a pecan stain with a clear varnish. You can also get stain from Lowe’s for around $10 and varnish for about $13. Or, you can buy the stain and varnish in one easy step for about $13. We tried to use the two-in-one, but the color was much paler than we felt it was supposed to be (we compared it to the actual stain and it was several shades lighter.)
After you decide what shade you want and you have bought your supplies (if you want to stain and varnish it by hand), set up an area where you can stain the wood where you won’t worry about it dripping and ruining the ground or floor. My dad and I set it up on our back porch over thick canvas. Be sure you wear gloves and then follow the directions and stain and varnish the wood. It may take a while, depending on how much wood you need to cover the surface of the ceiling. Here’s a picture of the wainscoting that we used drying in the sun (the shadows are from our deck). After it dries, all you have to do it measure how long you need it, saw it if it’s too long, and then simply attach it to the ceiling. My dad used his nail gun and made sure the nails were inside the grooves that you see on the wood. We had to cut a few pieces for the air duct, but the overall installation was pretty easy since the pieces interlocked with each other just like hardwood or laminate flooring.
The overall cost, depending on which options you choose and how big the ceiling you will be covering will be different for everyone, but the overall effect of the nice wood ceiling makes the room feel nice and cozy and gives it a sort of elegance that I feel would not be achieved by merely paining the ceiling. I hope this has inspired you all! Thanks for reading!