DIY Cedar-Lined Bathroom Ceiling

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I get so many questions about our cedar-lined ceiling - this is the second time we've done this project, and I wanted to share the finished results and a few thoughts! If you love this idea, you can find more easy and affordable DIY ideas for the home on my blog, Love & Renovations.

Here's a peek at the bathroom before we did any work. We have made some progress in the room by painting the vanity and taking on a few other small projects (you can find links to all of those projects in the blog post itself), but it clearly needed some help!

I attached Cedar Safe cedar planks to the ceiling using my nail gun. I simply started on one side of the room and staggered the boards, just like I would with wood flooring. I cut the boards as needed using my miter saw.

Once all of the cedar planks were installed, I also installed cedar molding around the edges of the ceiling to hide any gaps and create a more finished look. This is installed just like crown molding and is nailed right into place on top of the cedar.

One of the most common questions I get is if you need to seal the cedar to prevent mold - the short answer is no! I spoke with the manufacturer and they don't recommend sealing the cedar (it can cause warping), and cedar is able to withstand high humidity environments. I did share a few tips on the extra steps we take to prevent issues over on the blog post, but we've lived with cedar ceilings in our bathrooms for years now with no issues whatsoever!

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  • Dot Dot on Mar 30, 2020

    what color of paint did you use for vanity?

  • Leslie Leslie on Mar 31, 2021

    Did you have to install backer board on the ceiling as you would have to behind a shower surround I am wondering about behind the cedar if humidity gets in there between the boards especially over the shower area.

  • Virginia Virginia on Sep 02, 2021

    Beautiful ceiling, but won’t the steam in time damage the wood?

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  • TheSeamstress TheSeamstress on Sep 03, 2021

    Holy Cow! My husband and I did that about 36 years ago. Like they say everything old is new again.

  • Rbe51150367 Rbe51150367 on Sep 07, 2021

    This does show humidity and water stains over time. These can be repaired by lightly sanding the surface. Plus it give the room a fresh new scent.

    • Charise. Charise. on Sep 18, 2021

      She just said that hers did/do not. I've had cedar planks outside (used to create a fence) for the longest time and they still look as they did on day 1.