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Reclaimed Wood-Herringbone Pattern on the Ceiling

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I love the look of reclaimed wood. I'm completely redoing the living room and have this vaulted ceiling that I just don't like! It's huge, bare and icky. I wanted to do shades of gray in the room with pops of teal. So, 100 year old douglas fir, stained in shades of weathered gray and touches of white milk paint were used. Each board had it's own character so I got quite a variation of colors. I like the idea of a distressed wood with a beach-cottage vibe to it. I will be mixing in some elegant features to keep it from looking too "shabby".
I love the herringbone pattern and my husband and I decided it would be worth a try. We are avid DIYers, so it wasn't that difficult. Each board was cut to 3'. It's imperative that the measurement stays consistent or it will throw off your pattern. Yes, this is a ton of work. But, that's why it looks so cool! Next week we tackle the floor with silver travertine! I will update the post with pics as soon as the room is finished! If I'm able to move afterward.
Difficulty: Challenging
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100 year old reclaimed wood that was actually milled for flooring. I did all of the prep work in batches, since I could lay out the wood all at once in the garage to paint.
Hub had to remove all of the tongues by ripping them. A jig was set on the saw to make sure every piece was the same length.
I've since learned that doing a herringbone requires you to be sure your joints all meet properly. In other words, if you laid a sting right down the middle, all of your joints should line up perfectly with the tip of the first board
Once we got to border-end pieces, each one had to be cut separately. Hub stayed up on the ladder and called out the measurement and I cut the wood on the miter saw! There were a lot of cuts and measuring!
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Adhesive and finishing nails were used to adhere the boards.
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  • reclaimed wood herringbone pattern on the ceiling, diy, how to, woodworking projects
  • reclaimed wood herringbone pattern on the ceiling, diy, how to, woodworking projects
,I've since changed things around a bit. The chairs by the window are gone (that was a temp thing anyway) And I've painted the adjoining dining room a similar gray. I also have a different rug under the ottoman, and also took away some of the accessories. The problem I have is where to put many items that I redo and are awaiting sale. I probably should get a storage unit!
To see more pics and how to's, visit my blog post!
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7/2016 recap***This room, and this post, was from a few years ago, but I love the reclaimed wood idea so much, we decided to do it to our bathroom remodel! Since it's still underway, I'll just post an in-progress picture. This is actually flooring in a French style fumed oak, with a reclaimed look. Can't wait until this new bath is complete!
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To see more: http://makemeprettyagain.blogspot.com/2013/03/reclaimed-wood-herringbone-ceiling.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Jaynemailit

    Wow ...you're good at this it looks great .I've got my kitchen back splash to finish up wish I had your confidence to start this project I would love to do it myself .

    • Beth H.    Makemeprettyagain.blogspot
      Beth H. ... Diamond Bar, CA

      the more you do, the better you get! It's not that difficult if you follow the steps.

  • Rachel
    Rachel Springdale, PA

    Beautiful

  • Sheila Sheffield

    Love it, we have a bunch of barn boards and I was going to do a few walls, you inspired me. Thanks 👏🏻

  • Patricia Oldfather
    Patricia Oldfather Indianapolis, IN

    Love this! Makes the room cozier. Have you considered painting the chandelier?
    We did a couple brass ceiling fans with Rust-Oleum in oil rubbed bronze. They turned out amazing!

  • Jackie Lett

    It is cool.....but maybe more for a wall. Made me a little dizzy (no kidding) :/

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