I'm not going to lie. We did a lot of it that night.
The best part is that we were able to do the coffered ceilings for roughly under $300.
Here is what we did right:
Originally my husband thought we'd place three rows each direction, creating 12 boxes. But due to the size of the room and my desire to have an open box in the center of the room rather then two boards crossing to make an X, we went with only two boards each direction, creating 9 open boxes.
2. We hung the perimeter of the boards first.
4. Next it was time for the cross boards. Even though we had our drawings on paper for where to hang these, and we had marked them on the ceiling. I was a little hesitant. So I held each board up and drew a line on either side of the board right where it was to be placed. Then I measured the inside of each opening to be sure each opening would be the exact same measurements. These cross boards could be hung anywhere since the studs ran perpendicular instead of the same direction.
My inside boxes when measured kept turning up different sizes by just an inch or two. I then realized I had counting for the width of the boards 5 1/2" three times then dividing where they needed to go, which was on our original plans instead of two times which we ended us using only 2 cross boards so I only needed to account for 11" extra inches instead of 16 1/2". Once I corrected my mistake we literally traced them on the ceiling again before we nailed them in.
5. We had a few boards that when flush against the wall were not even with the adjacent boards. We used a small wood wedge in between the board and the ceiling to align it with the adjacent board. Once the wedge was nailed in, we just bent it to break it off. The interior trim/molding would cover it up later.
It is really not a big deal either way, but if you have the time putting a coat of white paint on them first is helpful. I would not use ceiling paint. We discovered that the ceiling paint is extra thick and goopy and sticky when applied with a paint brush. Ceiling paint goes on much smoother with a roller at the end to cover everything. So I suggest just a basic white paint on the trim before it is nailed up.
This was tedious, but went quickly. Each measurement was slightly different and we needed to be sure the angled cuts lined up perfectly each time. We had 9 inside boxes with four cuts for each box. But we got it done quickly.
Here is what we did wrong:
It was extremely hard to sand down later. As a matter of fact we sanded and painted several times because the wood putty was such a different texture that we couldn't get the textures to match up. It took lots more sanding than anticipated.
By the time we hung the crown molding around the exterior edges, we got smart enough to use a very small amount of wood putty and to wipe as much away as possible while it was still wet. This eliminated much of the sanding and smoothly later on.
Never say these words out loud.
Moments later we moved the saw from one side of the room to the other and did not notice that he had moved from it's "0" position. Therefore the next 45 degree cut we made for the crown molding was not what it was supposed to be. However, we did not notice as we were feeling so confident in how well we were doing that we covered it in wood glue and nailed it up. We cut and trimmed out our next piece and went to dry fit it only to discover out corners did not match up.
We had to pull the whole panel off the wall, scrape off all the glue, cut the board short and cut a replacement corner.
NYE DIY Coffered Ceilings Was A Success!
All and all we started our New Year off to a good start with new gorgeous coffered ceilings in our home office. After our long New Years Eve weekend we had to go back to work and life and we had to finish the final touches in the evenings. All together it took us about a week to get it all finished to where we were satisfied...
Well satisfied enough. Now I want to repaint the walls that I had just painted before we started this ceiling project!
Painting the trim work and the ceiling white alone made a huge difference in this room. None of our ceilings are white in this house. They are all the same colors as the original walls were. We painted the dining room ceiling white and now the office and it has lightening up those two rooms tremendously.
The coffered ceiling and the molding, along with the white paint, make our home office look exceptionally nice now.
I'm so pleased with how it turned out.
I'd love to know what you think!
Here is a final look, lounging in the settee looking out of the office towards the front door and dining room.