Today I am sharing how to install a beadboard ceiling! This DIY project is one of my favorite features in our boys’ new bedroom!
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If you missed it last week, we finally finished our boys bedroom makeover! We went with a vintage sports theme, incorporating cool antiques and unique thrifted finds, and I absolutely love the way it all came together with one of my favorite features being the new beadboard ceiling!
Since one of my favorite features in the space is the beadboard ceiling that we added, and so many of you had questions about it, I thought I would put together a post explaining how to install a beadboard ceiling! This ceiling truly is a focal point of the bedroom and we honestly could not be happier with how much it transformed the space!
I want to start by saying that I won’t be sharing exact measurements since every space is different, and what worked for us most likely won’t work for you. But I hope this step by step tutorial gives you a good start! The main thing to consider is sectioning off your room in section sizes that work for you and using trim pieces to cover the seams.
Why add a beadboard ceiling?
Our home was built in the 1930’s, and sadly the plaster ceiling was severely damaged and cracking in this room. We could have drywalled over it, but I have always loved the look of beadboard and I thought it would add so much character to the space if we covered the ceiling with it. This method would also work well to cover popcorn ceilings!
Ceilings are often overlooked in design plans, but I honestly can’t believe how much charm this project added to the overall look of the boys’ bedroom. If you are wanting to add some architectural detail and texture to your space, a beadboard ceiling is an amazing option! It not only covered the issues we were having with the plaster, but also looks intentional, clean, minimal and beautiful!
Let’s start with the material needed for a beadboard ceiling –
- 4×8 sheets of beadboard panels
- 1×4’s for for encasing the beadboard (we used premium pine boards)
- Chop Saw
- Brad Nailer Nail Gun
- Air Compresser
- 1 1/2 inch Brad Nails
- 4 ft Level
- Latex Caulk and Caulking Gun
- Lightweight Spackle or Wood Filler
- Paint Sprayer
How to Install a Beadboard Ceiling Step 1 – Measure
The first thing we did before shopping for materials was measure our space and figure out the grid for our design plan. Ultimately we decided to divide the room into nine equal sections, the ceiling fixture centered in the very middle.
As I mentioned before, each room will be different, so this may not work for you depending on both the shape and size of your room, so be sure to be flexible when deciding how many sections to split your beadboard ceiling into.
How to Install a Beadboard Ceiling Step 2 – Framing
Rather than simply covering the ceiling with beadboard, we thought it would be neat to encase each beadboard section with trim (1×4 strips) to create a coffered ceiling affect.
We started by adding 1×4’s to the perimeter of the room, first. My husband cut the boards with his chop saw and used his brad nailer and 1 1/2 inch width nails to attach them. We didn’t use any glue or adhesive, but we chose premium pine boards with minimal knotholes.
After the perimeter of the room was framed out, my husband added the cross pieces. These pieces created a clean look that also helped hide the seams of the different sections of beadboard. Using chalk lines could be helpful during this step.
How to Install a Beadboard Ceiling Step 3 – Beadboard
After all the 1×4’s were in place, my husband went to work on the beadboard. He worked one section at a time, measuring out the size of the piece needed and marking it with a pencil and 4 ft level. We opted to use panels instead of beadboard planks to simplify and speed up the process.
He then cut each section out using a jig saw and nailed them in the same way he did the 1×4’s. For the center piece of beadboard where the light fixture was, my husband used his jigsaw to cut out a hole in order to access the electrical and hook up the fan.
How to Install a Beadboard Ceiling Step 4 – Caulking and Filling
This step was definitely my least favorite! Once the wood and bead board is all in place, it’s time to fill all your gaps and groove with latex caulk. It’s a lot of work and hard on the neck, but it really gives the ceiling a professional finish once painted. We used light weight spackle to fill all the nail holes as well.
How to Install a Beadboard Ceiling Step 5 – Prime and Paint
Like I said before, we used pine boards in order to save some money. We did pay a little extra for premium boards to avoid a lot of knot holes, but if you’ve worked with pine before you know that it tends to yellow over time even when using paint or stain.
We use pine for just about every project we take on, so we always have a good primer handy. This brand is our favorite!
You could most definitely paint your ceiling with a traditional brush and roller, but we opted to spray ours with a paint sprayer and I’m SO glad we did! We finished it so much faster than if we had had to cut in and roll. Overspray wasn’t an issue either since I painted the blue portion of the wall once the ceiling was completely finished.
And that’s how we installed a beadboard ceiling! I wouldn’t call this project easy, but I wouldn’t say it’s extremely hard, either. It mostly just takes patience and endurance, haha! Either way we would have had to fix the plaster ceiling though, and drywalling it may have taken the same amount of effort, if not more!
About half way through we were thinking – “WHY did we do this?!” But in the end I’m SO glad that we did. It was so worth it, don’t you think? I just love the way it turned out. It looks so clean and really adds so much character to this space!
I hope this post about how we installed this beadboard ceiling was inspiring to you! If there’s anything I missed or if you have questions about any of these steps, let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for stopping by sweet friends!