When people think about improving the interior of their homes, they often do not consider making changes to the ceiling. This area rests over our heads day after day, yet goes relatively ignored. A beadboard ceiling provides a room with a relaxed, cottage-like appearance. This project is only moderately difficult and becomes much easier with the assistance of another person.
You will need:
Step 1: Remove the existing ceiling, allowing the framing, studs, and insulation to remain. If additional insulation is needed, install it now. Use the measuring tape to measure the length of the ceiling.
Step 2: Use the pencil to mark the ceiling length on the beadboards. Cut the boards to the correct size, using the table saw.
Step 3: Begin installing the boards. Start at one end of the ceiling and face-nail the starting board, leaving a small space between this board and the wall. Nail the remainder of the boards through their tongue area, leaving another small space between the final board and the wall. If recessed lighting is present, put the board over the light and use the pencil to trace the location of the light onto the board. Cut out the area for the light on the board, using the jigsaw. Nail the board into place. Continue installing boards and making required cutouts until you have covered the entire ceiling.
Step 4: Measure the length of each wall. Saw enough beadboard planks in half to create the molding trim. Cut these to the proper lengths, based on the wall length measurements.
Step 5: Use the nail gun and brad nails to nail this molding into place at the area where the top of the wall meets the beadboard ceiling. Do this for each wall that contacts the beadboard ceiling.
Step 6: To create a finished look, paint the ceiling and trim to hide the nails.