How to Cover Popcorn Ceiling With Beadboard Planks DIY

5 Hours

When we first purchased our 1980's ranch home, every ceiling was covered in popcorn texture. Witnessing what a mess it was to actually scrape the popcorn (as we did in our living room) I wanted to try something different.
I wanted to brighten the space while also giving it more of a custom feel. We decided to cover our textured ceilings with beadboard.
This is how the ceiling looked before we installed the beadboard and "beams". Someone had actually tried to remove the popcorn (still leaving a lot of texture behind). Then, the painted over it.
We initially tried actual sheets of beadboard, but axed that idea quickly after beginning the project. The sheets of beadboard were way too heavy for me to try holding up (while also being pregnant) while my husband nailed it into the ceiling studs. We found a product that made the job so much easier....beadboard tongue and groove planks! It took the job from being a 4 person project to a 1 , at times 2, man endeavor.
We added mdf beams on top of the beadboard not only to cover the seams, but to give the ceiling a coffered effect. To cover the seams on the perimeter of the room, we added molding.
Just so you can appreciate the full transformation, look at the before photo when we first moved in. Although this project took about a week to complete (we only did a few hours at a time), the pay-off was dramatic. It truly made the room look "finished". It also gave the space more of an upscale vibe.
I would recommend this project to anyone. Just keep in mind it is a bit of a process and investment (about $300 in supplies). To view the full step-by-step tutorial, please visit the post on my site.

Top Hometalk Projects

Do Your Kitchen Cabinets Need an Update?
Step-by-Step Painting Techniques You'll Want to Try!
31 Clever Ideas To Reuse Muffin Pans And Cupcake Liners
15 Easy & Colorful DIY Projects For Your Home
30 Ideas To Make Your Office Look Great
3 Gorgeous Decor Projects In The Oh-So-Chic Geometric Style
Transform Tuna Cans Into Gorgeous Lighting In 10 Simple Steps
Erica Van Slyke

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 13 questions
  • Susan Wolfe
    Susan Wolfe
    on Jan 17, 2016

    What is the name of the paint on your walls?

  • Lisa
    on Jul 23, 2018

    Do you see the seams as in the one photo?

  • Cynthia
    on Feb 10, 2019

    Any aspestos? Thought popcorn ceilings were full of it.

    • Pennyswift
      on Aug 14, 2019

      Popcorn ceilings commonly contained asbestos until 1973, when the EPA's Clean Air Act banned most spray-applied asbestos products used for fireproofing and insulating purposes. So if it's an older house it probably does contain asbestos. But if so, it's much safer to cover it than try to remove it.

Join the conversation

2 of 78 comments
  • Dareama Ruble
    Dareama Ruble
    on Apr 24, 2016

    When we bought our houses.. the first thing to come down in both were the popcorn ceilings.. Yours looks awesome now <3

  • Cindy
    on Feb 6, 2019

    It’s really such an amazing transformation!! I wish I had an ambitious husband too!!😀

Your comment...