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Country Kitchen Makeover

Here's how to create a kitchen that's a little bit country, a little bit retro and 100 percent adorable.

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Step 1: Prepare for the Project

Apply semigloss base coat to walls. Working in a well-ventilated area, apply a coat of polyurethane sealer to tin panels. Let both dry overnight.

Tip: Before painting, check for imperfections and make certain the surface is clean.

This project is an advanced project because of the tin ceiling. Although the project may appear to be overwhelming for some do-it-yourselfers, the end result is well worth the extra effort needed to create this unusual and eye-appealing ceiling treatment.

Safety note: It's a good idea to have an extra set of hands and to wear eye protection for this part of the project.

Step 2: Find Ceiling Joists

Use a stud finder to find ceiling joists; mark with pencil.

Step 3: Install Furring Strip

Hold a furring strip (a strip of metal or wood applied to even out a ceiling) in place and mark where it meets the wall. Install 2x4 furring strips around perimeter of the room by driving 3-1/2" wood screws into the ceiling joists. Starting at the center of the room, work outward and mark every 24". Install furring strips along these marks.

Tip: Make sure furring strips are wide enough to provide support for cornices. Cornices can add a polished, decorative touch.

Step 4: Cover Ceiling with Plywood

Now that the furring strips are in place, providing a good base for the tin ceiling, it's on to the next phase of the project: adding the tin.

Safety note: It's a good idea to have an extra set of hands and to wear eye protection for this part of the project.

Cover the entire ceiling surface with plywood using 1-1/2 inch wood screws. Using plywood as a buffer will make it easier to attach the tin panels to the ceiling.

Step 5: Pre-Drill Panels

Pre-drill the tin panels every few inches to make nail holes. It's a good idea to look for inconspicuous spots to insert the nails.

Step 6: Secure Panels

Begin securing the tin panels to the plywood with 1-1/4" conehead nails

Step 7: Cut Panels if Needed

Some cutting of the tin panels will be necessary to ensure a proper fit. Make sure to have heavy gloves and sharp tin snips.

Step 8: Overlap Panels

Starting in the center of the room, overlap the tin panels about 1/2" before securing in place.

Step 9: Pre-Drill Panels

To install the cornice, pre-drill for the nail holes.

Step 10: Secure Cornice

Position cornice in place and secure with cone head nails. To even out an uneven wall, run a bead of adhesive along the bottom of the cornice.

Step 11: Cut For Corner Pieces

Cut cornice to a 45-degree angle for corner pieces. Again, use heavy gloves and sharp tin snips