The Best Decision We Ever Made

Shane and I HATED the ceilings in our house with a passion for the last 5 years. We felt so stuck with them because re-drywalling ceilings is a messy, painful task. We just didn’t want to go through the trauma of all that work, but this just continued to stare down at us…


We had that awful stomped stalactite ceiling all over the house. Some rooms were much worse than even this picture. There were places all over the living room where previous owners had patched and re-patched in places. It was horrible to say the least.

I quietly stewed over a fix for years. Eventually, I thought we could cover them with bead-board and trim to give it a lightly coffered look.Β It took Shane a bit to warm up to the idea. I’m not sure he had the same vision in his mind as I did. Eventually, we jumped in. We started in our bedroom and really loved the outcome.


This project was super simple. All it takes is nailing sheets of cheap bead-board to the ceiling. The 4×8 sheets are just under $20 a piece. Once those are up it just needs to be trimmed out.


Some paint and several tubes of caulk later, and you have a beautiful coffered-look ceiling! Goodbye horrible stomped ceilings!


I can’t tell you what a difference this made with minimal effort. Caulking and painting were by far the hardest part. Now we have the same ceilings in our living room, dining room, and kitchen. We just have the bathroom, hallway, and spare bedroom to go.





The ceiling project was, truthfully, the best thing we could have ever done for our house, and the best decisions we’ve ever made!

21 thoughts on “The Best Decision We Ever Made

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  3. Looks Awesome!! :) Any chance you can update this post to include more details? Such as what you used for paint (color, sheen, brand, etc) nailing patterns, nail type used, misc tips and anything else you can think of to share about the process.

  4. What a great idea! We have obnoxious popcorn ceilings in our home that have been troubling us…this looks like a great solution. What is the height of your ceiling?

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  6. Emily, did you have to nail up plywood strips first for so you could nail the beadboard to them? Or did you just nail the beadboard into the ceiliing? Looks wonderful, btw!

    • We were able to nail right into the plaster because of the lath board behind the plaster. If you have drywall I would recommend plywood strips that are nailed into studs. You wouldn’t want to only nail into drywall because it would not be strong enough to hold it. I hope that helps!

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  9. I love your ceiling. We have been contemplating doing something similar in our family room. I was wondering if you tried to centre the plywood panels so that the rectangles would be centred on the room. Also did you remove the stucco bits from your ceiling first or did you just go for it. We have popcorn ceilings and I was wondering if we can just go for it or if we need to remove the popcorn bits first.

    • I’m glad you like it! We didn’t center the rectangles instead we centered a seam. We wanted the “beams” to cross in the center of the room. Does that make sense? While our ceiling is not popcorn, it’s something kind of similar. We didn’t remove all of the texture, but we did knock off some high spots before we started. I’d recommend if there’s any “popcorn” that seems to be sicking out more just remove those. Good Luck!

  10. I LOVE this!! Quick question…when you painted, did you just paint the trim?? Or did you have to paint all the bead board as well? We just closed on our first house and want to do this in one of the rooms.

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