DIY Faux Rustic Plank Ceiling

Pin It I've always thought old ceilings using reclaimed wood looked amazing.  Even those pallet ceilings found on Pinterest using weathered wood looked stunning. 

If anyone has read this blog before, you would know I have an actual imaginary phobia of those horrible looking popcorn textured ceilings.  I've posted about removing the popcorn (here) and covering up the popcorn (here and here).

So, when it was finally time to get started on the popcorn ceiling in the last room on the main level, I wanted a reclaimed looking ceiling on a budget I could afford. 

As you can see from this photo, it may not be reclaimed, but I absolutely love the look.  The more sunlight the boards get, the lighter they are.  At night, they lose some of the white wash and just have a muted wood look.

Here it is from a different angle.

And another during the installation process.  Say "good-bye" to the popcorn.

I love the different shades of the wood to add character.

Here is the before.  Popcorn as far as the eye can see....

And another view of the popcorn...

I used those 4x8 sheets of the thin underlayment plywood (5mm) with one side with a grain wood side and the other side with a uniform pink grain look.  However, I should warn you, I was one sheet short toward the end of my project and had to run back to two different Lowe's and they didn't have the "wood grain" side on the new sheets.  They all had the odd "pink" colored grain on both sides.  Luckily, I was able to find one under several other sheets.  I don't know if they are changing the product or if it was an odd batch.

I cut the strips into 5" sections and randomly stained using three different colors.

Here is the last sheet with the three different stain colors.

Then, I sanded the edges randomly, changing the angle in spots, pressing hard in other spots to create a more rustic look.

I sanded after I stained for the primary reason I was adding the white wash at the end.  I have white ceilings and these boards aren't 100% perfect.  A few spots do have tiny gaps between the boards.  I figured if I used the white wash and made the edges white, it would conceal any exposed ceiling spots.  It did.

Here are the dusty sanded boards.

Here are the boards with the white wash.  There were 50-70mph wind gusts this day blowing leaves into the garage, but I like to think I was staging this photo with autumn props. 

And I even planked the bay window bump out.

Sorry for the iphone photos, but this is just a quick post because I've been neglecting the blog for a while now.

Thanks for visiting.


Adding Square Footage

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For the past two months I've been posting my small outdoor accomplishments on my instagram account (yesterday was a glorious photo of one of the benefits to having a garden).

Sadly, I lacked the time to actually sit down and post about all of these mini-projects on the blog.

Now that it is complete, I'm going to have a few free minutes to spare to share these projects before jumping into a room makeover in the basement (for my new workout room). 

When I thought of all of the work I needed to do, I kept putting it off.  The backyard was a space no one liked.  It had been neglected over the years since we didn't like to use it (no shade and faces west).  

On Mother's Day weekend I bought myself a few new shrubs to tidy up the bed next to the patio.  It was overrun with weeds, covered in ugly landscaping rocks and the yard was creeping into the bed.  It was horrible.  After a weekend of cleaning, trimming, planting and mulching, I realized I needed to attack all of the projects the same way.  I didn't think of the entire project, I thought of each separate piece that made up the project.  Here are a couple of after pictures of the side bed (aka phase 1). 

Found the edge, removed landscaping rocks, trenched the retaining blocks with landscaping fabric (to keep said edge), planted crepe myrtle and evergreens that will eventually give some privacy, mulched.

Expanded patio with pavers

If anyone is looking for ideas, but doesn't know where to start, my suggestion is to start small. 

1)  Break all of the projects down into phases, based on cost and time frame.
2)  Research ideas on the internet for inspiration.
3)  Learn as you go.  (Which I did with my retaining wall - I suggest marking the sprinkler heads prior to finishing a wall.  I'll get into that in my upcoming posts.)

Here is a picture of some of the things I did to my backyard (and upcoming posts I'll be sharing): 
Planter boxes, retaining walls, fountain, floating deck, garden. 

Do you have any big plans for your yard this year?  Did you tackle a project?  I'd love to hear what you have been up to lately.