DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation, in our Bathroom

DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation, in our Bathroom

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This DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation is a pretty cross between shiplap and V-groove plank.

I’ve seen a lot of DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation on Pinterest lately. It can turn out really pretty. But, my heart was really set on the v-groove panel I’ve used in my Powder Room Makeover and my Colorful Modern Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover. But, they don’t sell those awesome 4′ x 8′ MDF panels anymore. So, I had to kinda make my own.

I started out thinking I’d buy 1/4″ MDF 4×8 sheets. Then I’d route a v-groove into it myself. But, MDF is a bit heavy. I was afraid I’d go through all the effort only to have the boards rip at those lines when I tried to glue and nail it onto the ceiling

So, then I thought I’d cut my own plywood strips then cut 45’s into each side to create my own v-groove. BUT, then I decided to skip the groove and just go with the straight cuts. After gluing and nailing each plank to the ceiling (without the gaps that people use for shiplap) I painted the boards.

I love this DIY 1/4" Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation. It's more subtle than faux shiplap since the lines are caulked. But so pretty! #AbbottsAtHome #Ceiling #Planks #PlankCeiling #FauxShiplap
You can see the subtle difference gap makes. But, I really like it so much more now.

After looking at it for a few days, I wasn’t a huge fan of the lines. So, I caulked the gaps and painted again. Now, I LOVE THIS DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation so much, guys! The lines are subtle but add great texture and interest to the ceiling. You can see the full DIY steps below.

The goal of this ceiling was to hide the weird angles on this ceiling so that the new bathroom could shine. I have to say, after 2 months of living with this makeover, it totally worked. The bathroom tile and fixtures are the star now. And, the ceiling makeover is just a subtle cherry on top of that bathroom.

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I love this light with the new ceiling. You can find the final reveal of the Master Bathroom Makeover here.

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That new ceiling is the cherry on top of this new bathroom. 🙂

Quick Note: I’m sharing this bathroom makeover as part of the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge. Follow the link to see a page full of inspiring indoor and outdoor rooms being made over by over 200 talented designers and DIY bloggers. But first, grab a cup of coffee, you’ll want to see them all. So much inspiration, guys!

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Watch the Video Tour of our DIY Ceiling Makeover

DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation – Materials Needed

DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation – DIY Steps

Step One

Start by cutting the plywood into strips. I cut 8′ long 5 3/4″ strips to leave the smallest amount of unused material possible. I cut mine on my table saw, but you could set up your circular saw with a straight edge cutting guide too.

I love this DIY 1/4" Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation. It's more subtle than faux shiplap since the lines are caulked. But so pretty! #AbbottsAtHome #Ceiling #Planks #PlankCeiling #FauxShiplap

Step Two

Sand the face side and cut edges of the strips, nice and smooth. I used 120 grit sandpaper. I also like to do the first coat of paint before hanging the plywood. Just makes life a little easier. 😉

Step Three

To hang the strips on the ceiling, I measured the length I needed, then cut them with my Miter Saw. I glued and brad nailed them in place WITHOUT leaving any gaps between the strips. Only because I preferred that look here.

Do this to the whole ceiling or area. I kinda have 4 areas because of the vault in my ceiling. Side note, the construction adhesive holds the planks in place long term. The brad nails just hold the planks tight to the ceiling while the adhesive dries.

I love this DIY 1/4" Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation. It's more subtle than faux shiplap since the lines are caulked. But so pretty! #AbbottsAtHome #Ceiling #Planks #PlankCeiling #FauxShiplap
Before adding the trim. You can see all the wood filler I used here.
Step Four

Then frame the ceiling or area with whatever trim you like. I used 1×3’s around the edges and some smaller moulding pieces between the flat and vaulted sections of my ceiling. Use adhesive and brad nailer here too.

I love this DIY 1/4" Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation. It's more subtle than faux shiplap since the lines are caulked. But so pretty! #AbbottsAtHome #Ceiling #Planks #PlankCeiling #FauxShiplap

Step Five

Now, it’s all about making things pretty. Use wood filler on all of the nail holes. Once dry, sand those smooth. Then use caulk between each Plywood Plank. Caulk where the trim meets the wall and the trim meets the plank too.

Step Six

Finish with 2 or 3 coats of a good paint. I used Behr’s Polished Pearl in Eggshell on my DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation. It’s the color of all the trim in my house. 🙂

Here’s a look at the ceiling after I added the new Pottery Barn light fixture. I got that thing on a huge closeout discount. I can’t believe they discontinued it. I LOVE it.
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You can find out about the tile I installed and my tiling tips in this post.
This DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation is a pretty cross between faux shiplap and v-groove boards. And, it's such an easy DIY project, she did it alone. #AbbottsAtHome #Ceiling #CeilingIdeas #CeilingMakeover #DIYPlywoodPlanks #FauxShiplap #Shiplap
Those bathroom vanities are 20 years old and were really dingy and chipped up when this remodel started. I’ve got all the DIY details for that blue chalk paint makeover and the garbage cans I built into the cabinet door here.

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What do you think about this DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation? For another ceiling idea, check out how I used paneling and moulding to update the Vaulted Ceiling in our Master Bedroom.

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