Updating a popcorn ceiling

So now I’m finally sharing how to install a wood planked ceiling all on your own.Yes, I’m talking a one-person planked ceiling install – the stuff young girls’ DIY dreams are made of (sprinkled with only a few splinters and pulled muscles along the way).I will be painting my planked ceiling bright white (much to wood purists’ dismay) but will share my filling, priming, and painting tips later. There are a few good tutorials out there already for installing wood planked ceilings, or tongue and groove ceilings, like this one from Jenna Sue Design and this one from Sawdust Girl.But our kitchen had a few constraints which meant I needed to use different materials and a different approach. I was installing on top of our plaster ceiling so didn’t want to add a lot more weight to the already heavy lath and plaster.I love spaces that have character (like so many of these rooms that I am still drooling over!) and one of my favorite DIY ways to add character to a room is by adding some texture — something like board and batten or a plank wall.I also planned to (and did) install this by myself so needed to be able to hoist 8′ boards into the air with one hand while nailing them with another.

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Two years ago, we moved back to Texas from a stent in France, purchased our 1940 colonial (aka Maison de Pax), and got right to work loving this old home back to life.The fixture that was going in its place (the burlap quatrefoil shade from our local Decorating Outlet that we mentioned here) hung from a dual-bulb pendant.We wanted it to sit nearly flush to the ceiling so we had to cut off a lot of excess wire before hanging it.It already had a full staircase leading up to it, and it was big. We let that inspire us, but we knew we needed a brighter space.Adding a skylight helped, but it would never feel light enough with the natural wood.In our last kitchen, the wires came through the ceiling at one end of the fluorescent light, which could’ve meant problems here (moving the box to be centered).

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