We Did It

I won't lie and tell you that this was easy...it wasn't. It took a ton of arm and back strength. Was it worth it? Absolutely!!!
If you are thinking about trying it in one of your rooms, give yourself at least 2 weekends to complete. You will also need 1 week after completion to sleep in another room because of the stain smell.
Rick and I purchased the pine wood boards at Home Depot. We chose different widths so the ceiling wouldn't look uniform. When we got it home, my husband beat it up.

Then we stained it in our garage. We also put a coat of poly on each board. Full details on colors are on my blog, but the idea was to not use the same shade over and over. We wanted it to look rustic, and also tie in the wood tones from the plantation shutters, furniture, wood frame, and floor.
We used a nail gun and nailed the boards in the same location on the board into the floor joists. We explain all of that on my blog (link at bottom of post).
We also burned our names into one of the boards for a fun personalized look.
It makes it hard to get out of bed now because all I want to do is stare at my ceiling. For more information visit my blog or send me a note, I would love to hear from you.
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Jodi Jodi on Nov 29, 2015
    I love this! You said "We used a very powerful nail gun and nailed the boards in the same location on the board into the floor joists. (You will have to mark your floor joists first)". Did you mean ceiling joists? Did you have to shore up the ceiling first at all for the added weight?

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  • Linda g Linda g on May 29, 2016
    OMG pat yourself on the back it is beautiful.

  • Penny Penny on May 01, 2018

    looks Fantastic... I just want to jump in your bed and stay there....

    i know from your comment s you did this a few years back, but I bet your still loving it. Great job, and I understand the time that went Into this amazing project, well done 😊😊😊