|Ceiling installed and completely painted (we used Behr's Swan Wing)|
and Brent reasoned that we could actually install it ourselves, as opposed to hiring someone to drywall the ceiling, and it would be a nice feature. (Brent is comfy with drywalling walls, but was not thrilled about tackling a ceiling, and we figured it might be worth hiring that job out). Plus, we have beadboard in our bathroom, so it would be a nice tie-in.
We calculated how many 16-foot boards we would need to MINIMIZE seams, and ordered the supplies from Home Depot.
Challenge #1: HD delivered the wrong boards.
Luckily, we were able to wait a couple of days to paint, so no biggie. Also, the manager delivered the proper boards - in dress shoes :)
Challenge #2: Sanding, dusting, and painting 28 sixteen-foot boards in a small backyard, in 90 degree temps...not super easy/fun.
|Pretty much the whole yard was utilized. |
And all lawn furniture.
|Brent took a break from insulation to help out.|
|It was hot - I'm not getting tan lines if I'm going to be outside for 4 hours in 90-degree weather ...|
We decided that one coat in the blazing sun was great. The second coat would be done once the ceiling was installed.
Challenge #3: Our walls are not straight - and the beadboard isn't either.
|First board going up!|
|Lights? We can do this...|
We did come up with some PRETTY sneaky tricks. Brent noticed that a roll of tape we had was the perfect size to template the holes for our recessed lights.
So, with a few measurements, the tape roll with a mark for the center, and a jigsaw, we were in business.
We did have to make some on-the-fly adjustments. About halfway through the largest piece of ceiling, the boards were clearly not straight. (We suspect a piece bowed out in the center threw us). So we let the next board have a bit of a gap on either end, lined it up with a chalkline, caulked the gap, and went from there. I think it worked out really well, and I doubt anyone will be able to pick out the board...
We were finished with the install and painting by 5:30. Note for you fellow DIY-ers - the roller with a 3/8" roller worked very well for the final coat of paint on the beadboard (instead of a brush or brush/roller combo).
Celebratory martinis and dinner out followed. Tomorrow is flooring install! The funny part is...it's kind of the exact same thing...tongue and groove...but without the neck strain :)
We LOVE how it came out!