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Reclaimed Wood-Herringbone Pattern on the Ceiling

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: Advanced
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!
Adhesive and finishing nails were used to adhere the boards.
,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!
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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  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    on Mar 17, 2013

    i can't believe no one has commented on this! It's stunning! And your so smart to use it this way! What a great idea and so much hard work. I can't wait to see the finished product!

  • Karen - The Graphics Fairy
    Karen - The Graphics Fairy Columbia, MD
    on Mar 17, 2013

    This is amazing!!! Truly gorgeous! Great job!!

  • Jamala W
    Jamala W Whitmire, SC
    on Mar 17, 2013

    wow.. This is looking awesome.. Your design is going to really make the room.. I can't wait to see the pictures of the finished room.

  • John @ AZ DIY Guy
    John @ AZ DIY Guy Phoenix, AZ
    on Mar 18, 2013

    This is impressive, truly unique. I'm looking forward to the finish.

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Mar 18, 2013

    WOW! This is so impressive! I am looking forward to seeing the finished room as well!

  • DIY Show Off
    DIY Show Off Pittsburgh, PA
    on Mar 18, 2013

    Wow! It's gorgeous even in progress! Love it, Beth!

  • Diana Dray
    Diana Dray Harrod, OH
    on Mar 20, 2013

    Nice job! Looks Great!

  • RentedMule
    RentedMule Lexington, KY
    on Mar 25, 2013

    Beautiful, I have some old wood planks found in a barn, (much smaller quantity) I may do a feature wall in a rustic bathroom we are planning for our basement...great Idea. We made a bead board and beam ceiling our family room that turned out nice too...lots of work, but so worth it.

  • Camille Dickson
    Camille Dickson Abilene, TX
    on May 14, 2013

    Stunningly beautiful! Well done!

  • Alexandra Arena
    Alexandra Arena Forest Hills, NY
    on Jun 24, 2013

    This is so awesome!

  • Anna Ibarra
    Anna Ibarra San Antonio, TX
    on Mar 17, 2014

    I forgot that I clipped this ages ago, from my cell, and never came back to admire the beauty of your work. I was going over my ole clips and Bingo I came across it again. So glad that I did, cause I have a small picture wall that use to be an opening to another room. I enclosed it but now it's a picture closed blank wall. This would be great as I was just going to use ole pallet wood going across, but I really love Chevron stripes. Beautiful work.

  • Rebecca Nestingen
    Rebecca Nestingen Saint Paul, MN
    on Mar 17, 2014

    Fabulous work - I love it! It's such a fun use of two classic patterns.

  • Megan V (Our Pinteresting Family)
    Megan V (Our Pinteresting Family) Lutherville Timonium, MD
    on Jul 28, 2014

    Absolutely stunning!

  • Susan S
    Susan S
    on Jul 28, 2014


  • Wow...absolutely amazing!!!

  • Heather
    Heather United Kingdom
    on Oct 8, 2014

    This is really amazing. You both did a wonderful job.

  • Lorelei
    Lorelei Streamwood, IL
    on Nov 3, 2014

    Its BEAUTIFUL! Now that my husband has seen what I want my fingers are crossed!

  • Luise
    Luise Italy
    on Nov 30, 2014

    This really is extrordinarily beautiful. Complimenti!! Brava!!!

  • Pamela
    Pamela Blowing Rock, NC
    on May 6, 2015

    Oh my this is so beautiful!!! That is a lot of work! How long did it take you & your hubby to do your ceiling? Love your travertine floor!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!GREAT JOB!!!!!!! Gives me some ideas for our new place. Thankx for sharing!!!

    • Beth H.    Makemeprettyagain.blogspot
      Beth H. Makemeprettyagain.blogspot Diamond Bar, CA
      on Aug 25, 2015

      @Pamela The install was 2 days. the prepping of the wood took me a few weeks because of space issues! The post on my blog shows everything from start to finish. Don't know if clicked on that!

  • Beth H.    Makemeprettyagain.blogspot
    Beth H. Makemeprettyagain.blogspot Diamond Bar, CA
    on May 6, 2015

    If you click on the link above to my blog, it tells everything about the project! But 2 days to do the install. Took me weeks to prep the wood.

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