Jeez Louise, this ceiling has been more work than I could have imagined! The space is 600 beautiful square feet, with a peaked beamed ceiling, no furniture, an empty room and an unfinished floor. We have borrowed a set of scaffolding on wheels and because there is nothing in the room, no furniture or cabinets to work around it makes the work that much easier. My vision was that all of the boards would fit together with ease, much like installing laminate flooring, but instead it was more like installing hardwood flooring. Because the boards are in much more of a raw state than hardwood there were warped and chipped pieces and not everything fit together like I imagined. But after the first 2 rows were installed I was in LOVE. It looked perfect.
We had to use nail guns and pry bars to get the wooded boards to stay in place while we nailed it in place. We also used small wooden biscuits and a biscuit joiner to keep the ends of the boards together. A biscuit joiner uses a small circular saw blade to cut a crescent-shaped hole (called the mouth) in the opposite edges of two pieces of wood. An oval-shaped, highly-dried and compressed wooden biscuit, then each biscuit was dipped in water and is immediately placed in the slot, and the two boards are hammered together.
Each section of the roof is approx. 20′ x 8′ and each section took 8 hours from start to finish. This included cutting and prepping each board and then getting the board securely in place. The boards had to be cut specifically around the electrical wire for the lights and the pot light cans (which Mr. J has been installing this week).
After two weeks of work from start to finish the ceiling is completed. along the edge of the ceiling and top of the wall we needed to put up wooden trim to cover the edges of the boards as there was a small gap between the end of the boards and the walls. It came together perfectly!!!
A can’t breath a large enough sign of relief – its done and looks better than I expected. It adds the perfect beachy touch!