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How to Install Tongue and Groove Ceiling Planks - it's so simple!

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by Ed

tongue and groove ceiling planks


Since our closet turned basement bathroom was featured in February's Better Homes and Gardens magazine we've had questions about how we did the tongue and groove ceiling planks.  How had we not shared this before?! It's simple, classic and beautiful.


Such sad omission because a tongue groove ceiling is a really easy ceiling to install anywhere. We did this one in our low ceiling basement, but it really could be done anywhere - anyone want to hide a popcorn ceiling?

tongue and groove ceiling planks before
Does your "Before" ceiling look better than ours? 😂
Yeesh. I hope so.


How to Install Tongue and Groove Ceiling Planks

tongue and groove ceiling planks materials

What you need:




How to:

tongue and groove ceiling planks wall
Begin at a wall that is square and will provide a good foundation point for working from.



tongue and groove ceiling planks install
Cut your first board to length and nail in place with the groove facing the wall and the tongue facing out. Nail close to the wall on the groove side (Crown mould will hide this nail) and on the V-groove part of the tongue side. 



tongue and groove ceiling planks nailing
Cut and position the next board. Carefully work the tongue into the groove and, again, nail along the V-groove side near the tongue. You will now only need to nail on the tongue side, as the groove will be held in place by the previous board.



how to install tongue and groove ceiling planks
Two down, lots more to go! 
It actually goes pretty fast and the payoff is great.



pine tongue and groove ceiling planks
Carefully cut around any ceiling fans, pot lights etc as you work across the room. Add in extra backing pieces between joists if needed for nailing.

In another style of room these natural wood ceiling planks would look pretty, too.



tongue and groove ceiling planks with crown
Add crown mould or any finish detail as desired. This hides a few nails and finishes things off nicely.


painted tongue and groove ceiling planks
Fill any nail holes that are not covered. Prime and Paint the ceiling and trim. Consider using two coats of primer on any knots.


tongue and groove ceiling planks grooves
Caulk any seams that show a gap (if desired)





tongue and groove ceiling planks caulking
Caulk any spaces that show up between the crown mould and the ceiling for a finished look. Done!



You can fit a new bathroom anywhere - and it can look beautiful! We've done it.
Below are all our how-to tutorials.



Here are all the details for our Closet to Basement Bathroom Room Makeover...




And we have more thrifty DIY ceiling projects, including a more rustic shiplap ceiling
Check them out here.


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