One Room Challenge Week 3 // How To Plank A Ceiling

Hey y’all, I’ve been working like a busy little bee over here and I’m so excited to share the progress! I’m a tad late in posting my week three post, which means you actually will be getting two posts this week instead of just 1! 

Let’s recap, shall we?

Here is where our lovely little powder room started…

Not bad right? But not great either. Then during weeks one and two we went from this…

To this..

Big difference already, right?!

Things got super exciting up in here this week because we planked the ceiling! I opted for tongue and groove cedar planks to plank the ceiling. These come prepackaged, are super light weight and nicely sanded. My powder room ceiling is 15 square feet, I purchased two packs of the tongue and groove planks. I have about half of a package left over that I plan to use for another fun house project 😉


This planking was literally the easiest feature to install. I installed this all in one VERY short nap time for my kiddos. I used my brad nailer to attach the planks to the ceiling. The ceiling in our house is lightly textured but it didn’t affect the level of the planks at all; so never fear! If you are hoping to install planks over light texture for yourself. The plan is to install crown molding during week 4, this being said I didn’t have to cut the planks flush with the walls. 

The next step in my plan was to prime and paint the ceiling. I applied a light coat of kilz primer with a chip brush and waited for it to dry. I then used a chip brush to paint high gloss paint in the shade “Walk Me Home”  by behr, in the crevices of my primed cedar planks. Okay, confession time friends. I have never painted with high gloss before and it was weird. It was super gelatinous and the paint shaker at the store didn’t go a great job of mixing the pigment up so I did a little mixing myself before I painted it on the ceiling. But, OH MY WORD. You guys, it looks fabulous! I cannot tell you how happy I am with the way the gloss went on and how the whole look turned out. After the paint in the crevices dried I put about two coats on the ceiling with a foam roller and MAN, does it look spiffy! Like I mentioned before the next step is crown molding so I wasn’t being too careful about keeping paint off of the wall.

I am so excited about how this powder room is coming along and I can’t wait to share my week 4 progress with you later in the week! Make sure you come back on Thursday and check out my hack for installing super easy crown molding and see what decisions I’ve made regarding the powder room lighting.

Make sure you head over and check out all the other great projects going on at the One Room Challenge.


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