How to Hide Your Popcorn Ceiling

While we are having snow and several days of below freezing temps, here is the next installment on the kitchen. It seems hard to believe this was a while ago and things have progressed since then.
So while trying to remodel a kitchen that happens to be in the center of a great room, the whole room becomes involved.

Then the wood stove decides the spit out black soot all over it while everything else is going on in that room and you have a disaster. Yes, that is what happened. At the time it didn’t seem to funny, or good timing but now I know it was perfect timing. The ceiling needed to be done before we moved on with the remodel.

Enter tongue and groove cedar. We have used it before on our cabin and it turned out great. I like the idea of it on the vaulted ceiling and I wanted to white wash it. Mr Nostalgia doesn’t want it painted. (Just like men and wood!) Given the choice of popcorn ceiling or no paint on the wood, I will take no paint, plus sometime in the future in could be painted.(wink, wink)

We measure and calculate what we need. We have to buy a whole unit of this lumber which is way more than we need, but that is how it is sold. Oh I’m sure I already have a use for the remainder of the wood! Shh…don’t tell Mr. Nostalgia.
So we find the trusses in the ceiling and snap a chalk line to mark them. Then sorting through the lumber we sort out the damaged or not as pretty pieces to use for this part of the project as they will not be seen.


Once we get all the strips nailed into the trusses, we then measure the width across the room and pre cut our lumber so it lines up for easy application. We use our nail gun and both of us on ladders starts at the lower edge and work our way up towards the peak.


We continued this stopping to measure and sort wood as we went until we were almost to the peak of the ceiling.


Here it is the next morning. Excuse the piles of mess. Anyone who has lived in the middle of a remodel knows you think it will never get better. So now we stopped near the top, and start again along side the other lower edge.


This side isn’t a straight shot due to the soffit or bulkhead above the cabinets. We decided to install the first full width piece along the soffit then work towards the wall on the partial side. That gave us a full piece with no odd cut. After working down to the wall we started from the full piece, and headed towards the peak again.

This side will be a challenge as we have electrical boxes in the ceiling for the lights. We haven’t chosen the light fixtures yet, so we leave the boxes where they are for now and work around them.


Yeah! Side two is done. I wanted to tell you there is no finish on this wood. The shine is from the natural planed wood itself.

We debated on how to finish the peak. Should be put a false beam up, or perhaps old reclaimed, recycled gingerbread trim from an old house? We hadn’t really decided I thought. Well, one day I came home to fine Mr. Nostalgia had come up with his own solution. I really like it. It blends in well, now to get the finish moulding around the edges!


If you have a house of this time period beware if you have ceiling heat. We do in this house. However the heat had been disconnect in the great room and the wiring used for a 220 wall heater. If you do not use your ceiling heat, you will need to have an electrician disconnect it permanently before you can nail into the ceiling. I will talk about the light fixtures, and paint choices as we continue the kitchen.



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