I wanted to create a fun element in each of my kids' rooms. For Little Buddy I shiplapped the ceiling and painted it a charcoal color. Oh how I love the dramatic impact it has in his room.
- MDF 8" shiplap
- Nail Gun
- Miter Saw
- Jig Saw
- Crawford's Spackling putty
- Sandpaper -150 Grit
- Graco Paint Sprayer
- Graco Extension tip
- Paint - Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams in eggshell
How to Install a Shiplap Ceiling
Let me first say your arms are going to be tired and this is a 2 person job. Working above your head is a lot of work, but oh so worth it. Go slow and take your time!
Find Trusses or Floor Joists
You will need to nail your shiplap into wood so it will hold. If you nail it only into the shiplap it will sag. I used a stud finder to find my trusses along the ceiling.
Once we found the trusses we marked them with nails on each side and then pulled a chalk line across to mark them.
Hanging a shiplap ceiling
Again, this is a 2 person job. You want your pieces of shiplap to be as long as possible because the less seams you have to fill the better. We are using 16 foot pieces of shiplap. We used our Ryobi nail gun to secure the shiplap to the ceiling.
Here is how it looks after the shiplap was all installed on the ceiling. It took us about 4 hours to hang all the shiplap. To cut around the lights and vents we used a jigsaw.
Prepping Shiplap Ceilings for Paint
After hanging the shiplap I filled in all the nail holes and seams with Crawford's spackling paste. Once the paste dried I sanded everything down until it was nice and smooth.
Painting a Shiplap Ceiling
I wanted a nice smooth finish on the ceiling. So, I used a paint sprayer. When spraying over your head overspray gets on EVERYTHING! Make sure you tape off anything and everything you don't want paint to get on.
My MDF shiplap ceiling was already primed so I went straight to the paint. I am using a Graco Magnum x-7 to spray my ceilings and an extension nozzle so I can spray it from the ground.
I did 2 coats going against the shiplap, this helps to make sure all the cracks in the shiplap are covered. And then I did 2 coats going with the lines in the shiplap. I used about 2 gallons of paint for this project.
The shiplap ceiling is done! I love the impact it has on this room. Check out what else I built in this room here