Hi Friends! I hope you have had a great week! I have been sick as a dog, but am on the mend, so all is good! Today I have been going through my backlog of project pics and have decided to post about a fairly quick and easy project Hubs and I did last Spring. The area we updated had not even crossed my mind until I stumbled on to a home blog about a new build. One of the pics showed some workers putting tongue and groove up on the porch ceiling. So, of course, my next step was to walk out on to my porch and take a look. I did not like what I saw! Not even a little. Mind you, we've been here for nearly 10 years and I've looked at the porch ceiling many times, but I guess I didn't really "see" just how builder grade blah it was.
It did not take long to get Hubs on board with correcting this issue! First we whipped out the measuring tape, then went to Home Depot to pick out the boards. We had a lack of lighting, so we decided to add a fixture further down the porch. Since the original light was not centered, we moved its position and centered it up with the additional light. Then came the fun part - power tools!
If you haven't worked with tongue and groove before, I think you'll be in for a nice surprise. It is super easy! First, measure the length of the board and cut to size. The most important part is to make sure you position the very first board correctly. Since the boards seat in to each other, if your first board is crooked, they will all be crooked. Once it's in position, you just work your way down the row to the end. You'll need to measure and jigsaw cut around the outlets, which isn't too hard, but is probably the most difficult part of this job. You just want to make sure to follow the old rule of "measure twice, cut once". A rule that Hubs and I seem to have to relearn on every project we do!
We added straight flat trim pieces along the edges where the boards met the siding. At this point, we were ready to add some new light fixtures. I decided rather than thrifting for this, I was going to look in to new fixtures that had a vintage feel to them. I really wanted to wrap this project up because we were having the house painted. I got online and found fixtures that I loved at Lamps Plus.
My next decision was whether I should stain or paint the ceiling. It wasn't a hard choice for me, I knew I wanted to paint it a soft aqua blue color. My house painter looked at me like I was nuts, he clearly thought it should be stained. That's ok, though, it's my house, not his! Plus, I LOVE how it turned out!
Hi Friends! My name is Kris. I'm a mom and wife who loves to DIY around the house and fix up old things to make them beautiful again!
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