Updating a popcorn ceiling

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I will be painting my planked ceiling bright white (much to wood purists’ dismay) but will share my filling, priming, and painting tips later. There are a few good tutorials out there already for installing wood planked ceilings, or tongue and groove ceilings, like this one from Jenna Sue Design and this one from Sawdust Girl.

But our kitchen had a few constraints which meant I needed to use different materials and a different approach. I was installing on top of our plaster ceiling so didn’t want to add a lot more weight to the already heavy lath and plaster.

Part of that was the fact that the home had sat empty for over a year.

The ceilings were also textured with swirls of plaster (not popcorn) and I think that made the ceilings feel lower than they were.

I love spaces that have character (like so many of these rooms that I am still drooling over!

) and one of my favorite DIY ways to add character to a room is by adding some texture — something like board and batten or a plank wall.

The medium will cause the top coat of paint to shrink, allowing the bottom coat to be seen. When we first toured this place during an open house, I called it "the cave house." It felt dark and dirty. I decided to buck the advice and NOT use flat paint on the ceilings in our new-to-us house.Last year, I began documenting our work, like our exterior transformation, my Restoration Hardware-inspired DIY decor, and my whole slew of furniture makeovers.Our most recent project (other than welcoming our third child into our lives this May!

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