Shiplap Ceiling Transformation
Royal® PVC trim is all that's required to transform your plain ceilings and add visual interest to any room!
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- Royal Building Products PVC Shiplap
- Royal Building Products Prefinished PVC Crown Molding
- Royal Building Products 1.75-in x 8-ft PVC Lattice Moulding
- 2" Brad nails
- Stud finder
- Nail gun
- Tape Measure
- Jig saw
- Miter Saw
Make sure the plaster is in good shape (not loose or crumbling). If your ceiling is not in good shape, it is best to locate studs and install furring strips to the studs prior to installing the planks. We had previously demolished the damaged plaster and repaired it with drywall, so we were sure that our ceiling was sound. If you will be installing shiplap around a light fixture, be sure to shut off your power at the circuit box as a precaution.
For a more modern and streamlined look, lay the boards straight as opposed to staggering the joints, which lends to a more rustic or farmhouse style. The planks used are reversible. When joined, you can either have a beveled groove between the planks, or a nickel gap.
Locate and mark your studs. If you don’t have a visual marker, use a stud finder to locate and mark your stud. Install your first plank using a laser level to ensure that the plank is straight, this part is vital as it determines how straight the rest of your ceiling will be. If the first plank is uneven the entire ceiling will be uneven. If you know for a fact that your wall is uneven, create a small gap, don’t worry, it can be covered by trim or crown molding later, which will provide a professional looking finish. Then, nail your plank to the ceiling using 2” brad nails, being sure to nail into the studs.
Install your next board, overlapping the other. And continue until you reach any obstacles, like the ceiling box where your light fixture may be located. Once you reach the ceiling box, mark the width of your ceiling box onto the plank, and trace a circle to be cut with a jigsaw. Once you surpass any obstacles on the ceiling, the rest of the installation is pretty simple, especially if you have 2 helpers: one to pass you the planks, and the other to help support the plank while securing it to the ceiling.
Once the ceiling is complete, trim the perimeter of the ceiling with Royal’s PVC Crown Molding. You can add a strip of lattice to bind the seam where the planks meet, and add an additional strip of lattice moulding to the other side of the room for symmetry!
Fill any visible nail holes lightly with spackle, and caulk any large gaps or seams and enjoy. This is such an amazing way to add visual interest and character to your room!