diy plank ceiling

How do you add character to such a mundane ranch house?

Our 1950s ranch lacks character, to say the least!  So in every project, we are trying to add it.  Elements that are unexpected and charming!  This is an EASY, CHEAP, and relatively FAST solution to a room that could use some character building!  Here is the finished product:

Here's our formula to put this look up on your ceilings!  Plywood, paint, table saw, nail gun, pencil.  First, paint your plywood.  While it dries, figure out how wide you want your boards, how you want them staggered, or if you're going to have them butt up to beams.  Rip your boards down to the sizes you've chosen (but don't do this unless you know what you're doing AND you've done it before!).  And then go to town!  Start in one corner of the ceiling and work your way out.  Choose how big you want the gap between each plank to be.  Use the eraser of your pencil for a guide and try to stay consistent in this!  Once you get to the opposite side of the wall, measure and cut your board as close as you can without having a huge gap between the drywall plank and the wall.  As you near the end, you may find that your last board isn't going to be as wide as the others.  That is fine, just very accurately cut it down as you get to that point.  Fill your holes and touch up.  Beginning to end, each of our ceilings took a whole Saturday.  And we love the results!!

The ceiling really adds some depth and character to the room now.  And even though we have low ceilings, I feel like the planks actually add height!  Go on, now, do it yourself (actually you're going to want a helper and maybe someone with table saw experience!)