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.
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.
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
- Circular Saw or Table Saw to cut strips
- Miter Saw
- 1/4″ Plywood 4′ x 8′ sheets
- Finish Sander and 120 or 180 grit sandpaper
- DAP flexible and paintable caulk, like this one
- construction adhesive
- caulk gun
- Brad Nailer and Brad Nails
- 1×3 primed pine or PVC trim
- wood filler and sandpaper
DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation – DIY Steps
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.
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. 😉
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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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