If you’re home is plagued with unsightly popcorn ceilings, this one’s for you!
The way I see it, you’ve got three options – you could choose to take on the tedious and messy job of scraping away all of that awful popcorn, or worse yet, you could choose to do nothing and just live with it (but really, who wants to do that?).
Or, you could cover them with some lovely farmhouse character all in an afternoon’s work!
Obviously, I went with option three! And friends, I’m not sure I’ve ever loved a ceiling more!
I was so head over heels in love, I couldn’t help but share some sneak peeks on Instagram:
Here’s the thing…
I’ve been just itching to try planking our popcorn ceilings for a while now. I’ve actually come across quite a few tutorials about planking over popcorn ceilings in my “research”, but not one of them showed me how to do it on a budget. Each and every tutorial I found showed a DIY tutorial using tongue and groove planks and, though they looked gorgeous, I knew from experience that that would be a pretty expensive option to go with (see our tongue and groove plank wall here). How could I justify spending hundreds (many hundreds) of dollars on a ceiling? Especially one in our farmhouse master bedroom or upstairs hallway that just doesn’t see many visitors except us.
I’ve seen (and pinned) a ton of brilliant plank wall tutorials using less expensive products such as underlayment or hardboard cut into strips and, I’ll tell ya, it didn’t take me long to connect those dots to try this with my ceiling.
Turns out creating a planked ceiling with hardboard isn’t as straightforward as it might have been on a wall (made clear by our falling ceilings), but friends, in the end we managed to find a way to create our own, inexpensive and easy version of the DIY planked ceiling – effectively getting rid of that awful popcorn once and for all, not to mention adding a ton of farmhouse character! Dreams really do come true!
Alright, enough talk … let’s get to the good stuff!
A Farmhouse Style Planked Ceiling Tutorial
Step one: Gather a pile of planks. We picked up six sheets of underlayment like this at our local Home Depot and had them cut each one into 8″ strips (the last one on each sheet was just 7″ wide, which actually came in quite handy for our space). Usually they charge a few bucks extra for this, but I guess this was our lucky day as we scored all those cuts for free (another win for the budget)!
Step two: Hang your first plank. After using a level to ensure this first plank was nice and straight, we used an air stapler to attach the plank to our ceiling. This my friends is the most important part … nails don’t work (see aforementioned falling ceiling planks). In order for the planks to actually stay on the ceiling, you’ll need to shoot a few staples into them. HUGE thanks to my gal Ashley at Bigger than the Three of Us for that brilliant tip!
Step three: Cover the rest of your ceiling. Get rid of all of that popcorn by covering every inch of it with planks. You’ll need to make a few cuts as you go to ensure a proper fit all around and of course, staggering your boards.
We also used a jig saw to cut out any holes for our lighting.
Obviously, this was a two person job – one to hold the far end while the other staples, but it all went up pretty quickly actually.
Step four: Clean up the edges. We chose to cover the edges of our ceiling all around the room with some simple 1×3 trim, but you could just run a bit of caulking along where the ceiling planks meet the wall to cover any little gaps.
Step five: Paint This one’s pretty self explanatory. I wish I had some brilliant tips about painting out a ceiling, but the truth is, I stuck with the old tried and true extension pole and roller. I’ve read really great things about this though! In keeping with the rustic look, I didn’t bother filling in any of the staple holes, but you might choose to putty those before painting over everything.
And that’s it friends! A gorgeous (and inexpensive) farmhouse style planked ceiling all in one afternoon’s work!
It really adds so much charm and character to our hallway space…
And of course, our farmhouse master bedroom…
*UPDATE: See which one we went with and how it all came together in the end with our farmhouse style hallway reveal here!
And check out all of our DIY hallway projects below:
Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!