Planking on the ceiling!

The ceilings that came with Highland View House when we bought it were not my favourite thing. Like, I HATED them.  This was us looking at the house, Paul was excited and I was too (except for the ceilings):  Look at the old doors! (yeah, and look at those ceilings), oh wow, log walls! (but the CEILINGS!!), an old-fashioned tub in the bathroom (where someone could impale themselves on those icicles of stucco). I know popcorn ceilings were a thing at some point, but as far as I’m concerned they should have been outlawed. And some of these ceilings are more than popcorn…. they are like stalactites. Knockdown ceiling is another term for it I believe. Yep, knockdown, KNOCK IT DOWN I beg you!!! In a few spots the ceilings are a little bit crumbly. Granted, they could be patched, but that’s as good an excuse as any to get rid of them, I’d say.

So, something must be done before someone is harpooned by a drywall deadfall.  In the newer side of the house the ceilings are quickly being covered up by beautiful pine.  I envision an old farmhouse/beachouse/cottage look to the newer side of the house, bright and breezy with some barn board accents and pops of colour here and there. The ceilings will be pickled/white washed which will keep the grain and knots showing, but will stop the wood from yellowing over time. Planking in the dining room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom. People will plank anywhere, it seems. This is actually more along the lines of panelling than planking as it isn’t really thick enough to be considered a plank.

Have a look at the progress so far

I’m not absolutely sure yet what will be done with the ceilings on the log cabin side of the house. I joke about the spears of stucco, but they are pretty big and there are some messy patch jobs.  I think we will have to cover them up somehow in the living room and dining area. Perhaps put up some drywall or panelling over them.  The ceilings are quite low, so I really don’t want to lose height, but a sheet of drywall won’t bring it down too much, and a clean, smooth surface will look bigger anyway.  Because I am going for a boho look on the log cabin side the ceilings as they are in the bedrooms might actually work to add a bit of vintage texture. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway at this point.

That’s all for now. Any thoughts on ways to cover the ceilings in the log cabin side are welcomed!


7 Replies to “Planking on the ceiling!”

  1. i live in an older bunglow an my ceiling in the living room is stucko which looks horrible ..the room is 18 x9-1|2 . the kitchen is all pine,so i was wondering what it would cost to put pine ceiling up in the living room .?

    1. Hi Judy! I’m so glad we did this, it makes such a difference. The wood is thin tongue and groove pine paneling, comes from Penticton, coincidentally! I believe it was about $10/pack for the cottage grade pine which is supposed to cover 14 sq ft. It doesn’t really get that amount of coverage because of defects in the wood, but that should give you an idea of what the materials might cost. This is similar to what we are using: Hope that helps!

          1. im still thinking about changing to plank celing. Sarah can you tell me who put it up for you? Thank you.

  2. I believe it won’t be finished for you until the ceilings are all changed. Do it now and it will be done. Those bedrooms will also benefit from the illusion of space which will include a higher ruling look In other words. Just do it!

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