My wife and I are about to start building a home in the country. We
want to use tongue and groove ceilings in several rooms. Where is the
best place to buy t & g? Are their choices of wood, texture,
finishes, etc? We want something that looks like a distressed pine.
Is that possible. Any suggestions of where to buy where we can look
at choices would be appreciated.
If you're in a metro area, go to a good lumber yard--they'll have a
large supply either on hand or, certainly easily available. Smaller
architectural millwork shops may be quite flexible on making anything
you want reasonably as well. Look at some mag's like Fine Homebuilding,
etc., for a number of upper-end mills and ideas.
Another thing to keep in mind particularly if you're doing the work
yourself so labor costs aren't as much a factor--buying a lesser grade
can save big bucks at the expense of some additional waste and time in
trimming, etc. Depending on the look desired, a lot of defects may, in
fact, become "character"...
Knotty pine can get pretty busy on a ceiling. Your local sawmill
should have some samples and options for you. Please, please, please
do yourself a favor and finish the boards _before_ you put them up.
Been thre, done that. It looks fantastic but my neck wasn't the
same for months because we finished after it was up.
Grade 2 might be a starting point to look at. Depends on what you like
the look of. Keep in mind it'll yellow/darken no matter what finish
you put on it. I love how it looks, though.
Most homecenters/lumberyards will have 3/8"x3 1/2" pine "beadboard"
available. Keep in mind, the boards will need some expansion/contraction
room around the edges, like wood floor does, so think about choosing a
crown moulding or other type of moulding that matches to go around the walls
and cover the edges. Prefinish before installing and touch up if
Funny thing - I spent most of the day today putting a painted poplar
beadboard ceiling on an exterior porch *back* up today. The boards
apparently were delivered to the job, carried into the house where the
painters primed only the face, and some carpenters installed it by nailing
through the tongue (like hardwood flooring.) with finish nails. Well, after
several weeks of rainy weather, the boards swelled up, buckling the boards
and actually causing many of them to fall from the ceiling. After numbering
and removing the remaining boards, I had the painters prime *both* sides.
Myself and another carpenter reinstalled the ceiling the "right way" and
completed the job with one extra row of the original boards leftover. This
means that the boards, in all the rainy weather, swelled almost 3" across
the 11 ft. width!
Moral to the story- let the wood acclimate a couple of weeks -preferably in
the room in which it will be installed if possible- before finishing and
Have fun --dave
On Thu, 13 Jan 2005 06:09:47 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@NOSPAMjuno.com wrote
I did my dining room and kitchen in HD 4" spruce. It comes with a "rough" and
smooth side. I used a sprayer and water-based poly before installing.
A buddy used aspen in a similar size. Very light colored. Looks great on his
Deja vu. The first house my husband and I bought had a living room with
knotty pine paneling (tongue and groove 1x8 boards). On the walls and on
the ceilings with ceilings 6-1/2 feet tall. I hated it within six months.
The walls would have been okay, or the ceiling, but not all. Fortunately
we lived there only two years, then to a house with 9-1/2-foot ceilings,
lathe and plaster painted a light color - such a pleasant change. From
our experience, I'd say be very careful what you put on the ceiling; it's
with you a long, long time.
Of course, the bathroom was battleship gray, all of it, likely because
they bought WWII surplus paint at the shipyards! (Note, I said "was" cuz
that was easily changed, even though that room was also tongue and groove
. . . lumber country.) The bathroom was painted immediately, but I simply
could not bear to paint over that beautiful pine though we personally
hated it. There is just something about painting over fine wood that goes
against everything in my nature. We often wished they had paneled only
one wall, that would have been truly enjoyable, but four walls and the
ceiling? Too much, too small a room; in a lofted room, it would have
Good luck on whatever decisions and choices you make. Enjoy.
To each their own... :) My wife and I went to great effort and expense to
install T&G cedar ceilings throughout our house, and our master suite has
T&G pine installed vertically on the walls. We absolutely love it!
We have visited many cabins and cottages over the years that had wood
ceilings and/or walls, and really wanted that look in our home. For us,
there was no other choice.
Wood has a warmth and depth that can never be achieved with drywall or the
stupid "popcorn" or "textured" ceilings.
We put drywall on the majority of the walls in the house, mostly because of
the cheaper cost, but also to allow the flexibility of changing the room
colors. But, the wood ceilings go well in all the rooms, regardless of the
We cringe when we think some other family will move in years from now and
paint our nice wood ceilings white, or whatever the current trend is. Or
worse yet, cover it all with drywall and spray on a popcorn ceiling. :)
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