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Beadboard Ceiling

We had our beadboard ceiling installed in the laundry room on Saturday…and I couldn’t be happier!

Well, I could be happier if I didn’t have to strain my neck painting it tomorrow.  

Either way, I am thrilled with how it turned out!

Beadboard Ceiling in the Laundry Room - Calypso in the Country Blog

At one point, I was on the fence about which way to run the boards.

Most people told me that the boards should run the length of the room.

So what did I do?

I ran them the width instead.

I know…how ungrateful for the advice I asked for…

But I had my reasons for running the beadboard the width of the room…

  1. Apparently, the boards should run perpendicular to the joists so you can nail into solid wood.  If you do it the opposite way, you have to add a layer of plywood.
  2. The room is only 7′ wide by 8′ 2″ long so I didn’t think it made too much of a difference.
  3. In my mind, I pictured the ceiling going the width and as we were deciding, I kept trying to convince myself that I “should” run it the long way.  Whenever I try to convince myself of something, I usually end up regretting the decision.
  4. As you can see by the picture below, the hallway runs along side of the laundry room and I liked the way the boards ran in the same direction of the hallway next to the room.  I was also afraid of the laundry room feeling like too much of a hallway itself, if I ran the boards the length of the room.

Hallway/Laundry Room

So, here are the before and after shots.  Of course, I still have to paint over the primer AND change that ridiculous little light!

BEFORE:

Sorry about the glare!

AFTER:

Beadboard Ceiling - Calypso in the Country blog

I am SO happy!  All day, I have been finding any excuse to walk in here.

Does anyone need any laundry done?

How about a flashback to see what the room looked like way back when…

This was way before the cabinets, the new floor, the beadboard ceiling…scary!

*Update:  Now that I’ve painted the beadboard, read about my paint choices and painting tips here:  How to Paint a Beadboard Ceiling.

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32 Comments

  1. I love the look of the beadboard on the ceiling, it does look wonderful. This weekend, I started patching walls downstairs to paint…..Have a great week!

  2. Omg I LOVE beadboard on the ceilings ! Def on my list for next house. Also really like your lamps in the hallway 🙂

  3. I love the ceiling. I wish I could get that done in the kitchen, but it probably will never happen. The mister doesn't want to do anything major to the house. Darn. I love yours and yes, I have some laundry you can do. I will get it in the mail.

  4. Your laundry room is fabulous. I have several loads I could bring over:-) I love bead board on the ceiling. Puppy is a sweetie, too!

  5. It's so pretty! I want to do this in my kitchen. The husband is totally not on board. I'll live vicariously through you…

  6. Bravo, that is so good. You made the biggest surface in the room interesting. Who looked up there before? Bravo again.

  7. Hi Shelley!! I've been mia, but I'm back and I LOVE your ceiling…looks fabulous. That little pup is pretty sweet too!

  8. I love beadboard anywhere but it's especially stunning on your ceiling. I'm sending my laundry over right now. :o)

  9. Love the room! I think you made the right choice with the beadboard direction. Beautiful work!!! Snaps!

  10. I love that! I am dying to do it in my bathroom. I was nervous about finishing the edges, but I see you just used crown.. so now I have my answer!

  11. I'm such a sucker for bead board it's not even funny. Yours is no exception! It looks fantastic – job well done!!Thanks for linking up to my Room Evolution Party! 🙂

  12. Wow, that turned out great! We will definitely be following your projects to see what other great things you are working on!

  13. Wow! I love that look, so crisp and clean.I have always wanted to do this in a tiny bedroom to add character. You have just given me the nudge I needed. Thank you for sharing your makeover!Wishing you a beautiful week,Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  14. fabulous transformation, just love it! I will be featuring it tomorrow :)XOKristin

  15. Just wanted to let you know that I'm featuring your laundry room as I kick off this month's Room Evolution Party. Stop on by and grab a "featured" button! :-)Thanks again for linking up your amazing space!Jennywww.evolutionofstyleblog.blogspot.com

  16. I just found your site and love it. I am getting so much inspiration from everything you have done so far. Sheila

  17. The direction we are going happens to work with the joists and the length of the bead boards we bought. Small kitchen… About the size of your laundry room. LOL

  18. I love the look! We are building a house and I am debating about doing the kitchen, dinning room and family room ceilings with bead board since it is open concept, oh and the powder room, too. What do you think about doing the entire space? Thanks! =)

    1. If the whole area is open, it might be hard to find a stopping point …so I say go for it! Check out Pinterest and see if you can find some pictures of open areas with that idea. I have seen it done it kitchens and it is just beautiful!

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