IT'S PLANK TIME!
We've lived in our home for a dozen years and completed several projects (many I've shared with you) but one Honey-Do became my obsession: Getting rid of our popcorn ceilings. Our home is contemporary with a very open plan which means miles of popcorn with no stopping point. The great room ceiling alone is 850 square feet.
If you have removed popcorn you know what a mess it is to get off. Then you have to mud, sand, prime, and apply paint or a finish. Or you figure out a way to cover the popcorn. With the help of our handy friend Scott we decided to use pine tongue-n-groove planks to create a new ceiling.
And while natural pine has lodge charm, I really wanted something that was closer to a re-claimed wood look. Like Barn wood.
I like to stain with a mix of Faux Creme Color Concentrate, Stain & Seal, and FX Thinner to make a nice rich wiping stain. I mixed two different colors: One a deep coffee color and the other a warm neutral brown. Again I alternated shades, even applying the two colors at the same time to some planks. I love using these big fat glazing brushes because they hold so much stain.
One of the nice things about water-based staining (besides the smell and clean-up) is you may use water in the project.
Keep a water spritzer handy and just spray the surface to remove more of your stain or to move it along a long surface length.
At this stage the planks look like regular stained wood. The next step makes them look like Barn wood. I mixed FE Lime Paint & Wash with Stain & Seal and/or Faux Creme Colors. Our lime wash is solid in the bottom with separated liquid on top. I don't bother to whip it which doesn't work very well anyway. I dump the liquid into another container and spoon out a TBSP of the solid lime. Then I add 2 more Tbsps of the liquid. I did this in 3 different containers before re-boxing the Lime solid and liquid.
I used my fat glazing brush to apply the lime wash and then wiped it back with a dry terry towel. Don't over load lime washes or you will end up with a white pickled mess. Lime dries quickly so you can see the tone within minutes. At that point you can dry brush in more of your wash. I just had fun and worked between the 3 colors applying some separately and others together. The Lime Wash gives the wood a pretty chalky patina and alters the understain slightly.
What helped the most on this project was lining up the pieces as I worked on each layer. This gave me an indication of the color mix I was getting-Good thing I have a large space to work in because moving 12 foot long planks all day is tiring.
I dip a wadded up piece of cheesecloth or squared terry towel into the wax and apply it in long strokes going with the grain. Some pieces just got the un-tinted wax.
While other pieces were finished with a pale tan wax. MF Wax dries within 40 minutes and may be sanded (400 grit or higher) or re-applied if needed. I did neither-thank goodness for selecting a weathered look-LOL!
The guys installed the planks with finishing nails in the ceiling joists and did a great job of mixing the colors and the plank lengths. Every night I would take some touch up stain to fix any saw cuts or raw edges that showed.
An added benefit of the new ceiling was the ability to add lighting. This will be a new modern ceiling fan with a light. We also added some eyeball lights to highlight art. Since I have my whole room scaffolded and the new ceiling looks so great I am up-grading the walls this weekend! When I am done I will post the finished project.