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.

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