Need to revamp a room? Is your favorite space feeling a bit stale? Don't ignore one often-overlooked room transformation, the ceiling. A custom ceiling treatment can totally transform the look and feel of a space. Today a variety of premade ceiling treatments, from faux tin panels to prefinished wood planks, are available. With a little DIY know-how and creative reuse of materials, you can completely alter the look of a room in just one day.
When selecting a material for this project, keep in mind that it should be non-toxic, free of insect infestation and stable enough to be installed on the ceiling. In this case, an old dock served as the source for cladding. Once the dock was dismantled and materials sorted, the best and straightest dock boards were culled from the pile.
Existing ceiling fixtures need to be removed by a licensed electrician before starting and reinstalled at completion. Be sure to consult an electrician on items such as recessed lighting and fans that may require relocation or retrofit mounting. Also ask the electrician to relocate unprotected attic wiring that could be hit with an over-driven fastener. Running wiring on top of existing ceiling joists instead of on the side will help keep it out of harm’s way.
Use a stud finder to locate existing ceiling framing. With a helper, chalk-line each joist across the room. It may be necessary to scrape off a heavy ceiling texture to create a flat surface. Install 1/2” plywood over the existing drywall or plaster, making sure to screw through the plywood and into the overhead framing. Use chalk lines as a guide and install screws 12” on center. As an alternative to screws, a pneumatic framing gun can be used. Since the plywood will support the weight of the new treatment, it needs to be secured appropriately.
If reclaimed material does not overlap or will leave small gaps when installed, paint the plywood with flat black paint to create a seamless finish. Be sure to mask off the room and cover any non-removable furniture before painting begins.
Once the ceiling substrate is ready, chalk a center reference line and work from that line out. If material is squared off, add a perpendicular reference line across the other axis of the room. This will guarantee equal and even reveals at each wall. In this case, the material length dictated that the room be split into thirds.
Trim the material to equal lengths and install one row at a time, fastening each piece appropriately. In this case, construction adhesive was applied on the top of each dock board and two 2” framing nails at each end (since the end joints were going to be covered) were used.
In this case, reclaimed joists were used to cover the seams and create the look of the original dock framing and supports. To prep material, first cut joists to the required depth. Apply a bead of construction adhesive to the top of each band.
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If necessary, treat the ceiling with stain, paint or clear coat. Ask an electrician to reinstall ceiling fixtures. Enjoy this unique reclaimed wood wall treatment!