Beadboard Ceiling Project: What We’re Doing, How We’re Doing It, and What It’ll Cost

Living Area - Luan Ceiling

As I’ve said before, September 8th marked one full year since our move into the lake house.

We have checked a few things off our list as time and finances have allowed.

For instance, we leveled the floors so the back door could open more than 8 inches ( a big plus since none of us are that narrow). That investment alleviated the camel hump that sat smack dab in the middle of the living room floor.

Cost: $900

Jeff bartered an afternoon of fishing out on his boat for advice and help installing electrical boxes and light fixtures on the exterior walls of the back deck.

Up to that point, our exterior lighting setup was clip-on work lights with extension cords snaking across the deck.

Cost: $75

We purchased a new air conditioning unit for the back of the house when the old one died a mysterious death.

Cost: $450

And Jeff is almost finished building a bench/storage box to cover a sunken bricked-in planter to the right of our front door. We use it to store gardening supplies, extra water, outdoor shoes and hunting gear.

Cost: $150

I wanted to paint it this weekend, but it looks like it may rain. Still, I purchases the paint.

Cost: $35

As far as landscaping is concerned, our family members, neighbors, and friends have generously brought us plants, and we’ve purchased a few too. We also bought and hauled in rocks to fill the brick planters on the left of our front door ($45), sodded the front yard ($200) and various other odds and ends, including a small electrical pump to sparingly draw water from the lake to reduce our well-water usage ($50).

Cost: $295

*deep sigh*

We’re sitting at $1905 for all the above and we haven’t even tackled the BIG PROJECTS.

I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the concept of how far we have to go isn’t terrifying a little bit scary sometimes.

Bit by blessed bit, y’all.

But now, we are saving for a big ticket item.

The beadboard ceiling project.

We have priced out all the materials (which we will purchase independently) and received a quote for the labor.

The total supplies + labor cost will be $1550.00.

The previous owners did an incredible amount of structural work on the house, including strengthening our ceiling supports (it sagged when they bought it), and double-insulating the ceiling, but they moved to a larger home before finishing this one out.

beadboard ceiling project

What you see on the exposed rafter is a strangely placed light fixture. I didn’t put it there, and it isn’t staying there.

The paneling on the ceiling is called Luan, a hardwood 1/4-inch thick plywood panel.

And yes, it is pulling away in several places.

I tinkered with the idea of using the same Luan boards to fake plank the ceiling, but decided against it after considering the number of cuts it’d take for our ceiling. Plus, I have more than a little concern how the Luan boards would fair with our humidity levels here in sauna-villa.

I’m going to live in this house for the rest of my life, God willing, and I need to put up a ceiling that won’t warp in the next few years.

The waiting is hard, though.

beadboard ceiling project



Beadboard Vaulted Ceiling with Fan

Once we paint the dark paneled walls, ceiling and exposed rafters with a fresh, crisp shade of white, the main living area will be glorious. We will be swimming in light.

And by dropping a ceiling fan from the rafters, we’ll get much-needed circulation too.

Beadboard Vaulted Ceiling with Fan

Anyone who has ever lived in East Texas knows how necessary ceiling fans are to our very existence through the summer months (which seem to span nine months of the year, in case you’re curious).

Ceiling Apex

As much as I’m looking forward to the beadboard replacing the Luan boards, I do love our exposed rafters.

But the one negative aspect of how closely they are to the ceiling at its apex is that we have next to no space to run additional wiring for overhead lighting or to a fan. There are only two layers of insulation separating the Luan from the hidden rafters.

To remedy that, we may experiment with securing a board (similar to the first image in this post) flat across the apex of the roof. We have a skilled carpenter who, I am sure, will have a few suggestions as well.

Beadboard Vaulted Ceiling Lighting

Since the only possible overhead lighting will be on the fan, I’m also thinking about running something like the photo above along the base of every other exposed beam.

kitchen beadboard ceiling project

We have electrical boxes atop three of the beams (the image above is in the kitchen area), so it’d be easy enough to manage (and then, paint those electrical boxes white). I don’t want to go ultra-modern though, so I haven’t made my mind up yet. I want this to FEEL like a cozy lake house.

Whatever we do, we will NOT use halogen lights. The previous owners dropped about 9 of those from the ceiling in the back of the house, and they are HOT!

So, here’s the reality check on our beadboard ceiling project.

Beadboard Ceiling ProjectWe can’t reasonably expect to save the cash for our beadboard ceiling project until after Christmas, but that’s just two months away (Aaaack!), and I know all too well how fast it will come and go.

I think the hardest part of our family’s faithsizing journey is the waiting.

Waiting. is. so. hard.

So, what do you think?

Any ideas or links of your own to share? Advice?

I’m really, really, really, rrrrrrreeeeeeaaaaaalllllyyyy excited about this, so be rrrrreeeeeaaaaallllllyyyy nice.


Heather Sanders

59 thoughts on “Beadboard Ceiling Project: What We’re Doing, How We’re Doing It, and What It’ll Cost”

  1. Lynn says:

    Well you asked…so my first idea is do a Fund-Me! You know, where people send you money because they actually WANT TO HELP? Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Your place will be beAutiful when it’s finished as you described it.

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Lynn – I did ask, so thank you for the input. Although, I’d feel sleezy asking y’all to help us put a ceiling in our house when there are some serious GoFundMe’s for nonprofits, hospital bills, etc… (and yes, I know there are countless others – that’s just what I thought of right off the bat).

      If anyone wants to help, I’m using all my Amazon affiliate monies toward the house. So, basically if I link anything to Amazon from here, it is my affiliate link. It isn’t blowing up our account by any means, but if someone clicks through and even buys something else there, I get some pennies!

      1. B says:

        I was unaware of the Amazon deal! Hmmmmm

      2. Heather Sanders says:

        B – Yep, I don’t make a killing, but hey, it’s sort of passive income. Last month I earned $25.00. I don’t push affiliates hard because I find it gets in the way of writing. I primarily use affiliate links to Amazon for my book recommendations or other things that I find/purchase there.

        Hey, $25 here and there goes a long way. 🙂

  2. SS says:

    Excellent choice; I love beadboard.

  3. Stacy says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing your home and heart with us.

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Stacy – Honestly, I’m thrilled there are people interested! 🙂

  4. Monica B. says:

    Good Morning Heather!!

    The ART of waiting. I believe we are never left empty handed even as we wait for anything, big or small. As I look at these pictures and the possible evolution of your new home I think about the memories you are collecting living in this house as it evolves and shapes in to the vision you have for your family, your home, your life – all the changes, the cleaning out, the readjusting, the new ways, you are collecting in this new space. “…the LIVING area will be glorious and swimming in light…” is a revealing truth as you continue to walk and nurture your new path. Not only is the white ceiling absolutely gorgeous…it’s a metaphor for this stage, this chapter. The ceiling is even up high (as it should be) ;-), and what a fabulous ‘goal’ – striving, living, being to let more glorious light in! There might even be a new found hope!! I love it! And I love your idea for the ceiling too!!

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Monica B. – I love this. All of this. I’m printing it and placing it in my prayer journal. I never thought of the metaphor you wrote here. It makes me smile! High and lifted up! Let in HIS Light!

  5. B says:

    Waiting is hard but the results are going to be worth it and you will feel so good that you were able to save for it! I think the white beadboard will look divine, and the ceiling fans will be wonderful! We just bought some new fans for our home, $50 each w/o lights. I couldn’t believe it! Oh and one of the best things I can recommend is the combo bathroom light with a heater and an exhaust fan! I always thought that they were crazy expensive but they were only $89! Keep sharing your journey with us!

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      B – How did you know? 🙂 I’ve recently priced those heater/exhaust fans for the bathroom recently! I love the little surprises (things that aren’t as expensive as I anticipated). We haven’t purchased yet. The bathroom is on the backburner at present.

  6. Debbie says:

    First off, I love beadboard! We have it in several places in our farmhouse, which we’ve been in for 10 years and are still working on.
    The best advice I have is to take it slow, just as you are, and still live life.

    We have lived here since our kids were 12 and 6 and they basically grew up thinking that’s all we did was work around here. To combat that, after a few years of solid restoration (and 3 hurricanes to set us back), we finally started taking a few weekends off each month, to make sure we were living life too.

    Paying as you go is the best way, unless it’s something major, like air or heat or plumbing or walls….you get the idea.

    Otherwise, it’s just cosmetic.

    Right now I’m reading The Nesting Place and it’s reminding me how imperfect we can be and still have a cozy home. If you haven’t picked that book up, I highly recommend it!

    Love your style, Heather!

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Debbie – Yes, that IS good advice. We haven’t filled up every weekend with projects because we have to wait on the money. So, we sort of have to take it slow by default.

      But, it’s working, and like you said…it is cosmetic.

      I’m not familiar with The Nesting Place. I’ll have to look it up.

  7. Aunt G says:

    We are on a similar journey. We homeschool and live on one modest paycheck, but started building 1.5 years ago and are still working on the trim while our 16 year old son finishes our interior barn doors. We just put up a garage and plan to pour the concrete floor when we have the cash to do it. Paying as you go (Dave Ramsey style) isn’t easy. It takes faith, especially when friends and family push you to borrow. Instant gratification doesn’t compute with faith. My initial budget said we wouldn’t be this far down the road at this time, but God showed us a way without sacrificing our wants. Waiting on God is the best kind of waiting. I’m thrilled for you.

    1. CIndyK says:

      Aunt G-You are teaching your children a lesson you cannot put a price tag on. I love how you said instant gratification does not compute with faith. I am using that!

    2. Heather Sanders says:

      Aunt G – I love it when the budget doesn’t match up with the plan in a POSITIVE, FORWARD way. As Jeff always says, “It’s God’s economy!” Thank you for sharing your personal experience. It is certainly a journey!

  8. tcmullinax says:

    Don’t shoot the messenger, but what about 3D wallpaper that looks like beadboard? Years ago, I did a house similar to yours right down to the luan and rafters. The client saved a bundle, and no one can tell the difference. We added extra trim around the perimeter and painted out the rafters to match in white. We did a gloss on the rafters to reflect a little light but left the eggshell finish on the wallpaper.

    I’m guessing, knowing you, that you would know that it isn’t actually beadboard, and that would tear you right outta your frame!:) I felt I should share with you, just in case it might work.

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      tcmullinax – Thanks for the suggestions, really. 🙂 The main problem, other than the fact that I really, REALLY do not like wallpaper, is that our home is damp. It is an old home with a/c units and single-paned windows. Ours is the worst possible scenario for any kind of wallpaper. Plus, the Luan was just quickly put up (not good cuts), so they would have to come down and go back up, purchasing new boards that are longer with better cuts. It’d end up being more expensive labor-wise.

  9. CIndyK says:

    Oh how fun! I love the white and cannot wait until you are swimming in light in your living area. I am totally lame when it comes to decorating so I will not be any help in this area. 🙂 I think it will mean so much more as you have to save to get this done. Some may be able to just write a check but then miss out on working towards a goal and getting to see it to fruition.

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      CindyK – It gets exciting just thinking about it. This morning, I even had to start my morning prayers asking the Lord to keep my mind from scurrying back to the ceiling!!! To say I was a bit distracted is an understatement!

      1. CIndyK says:

        Heather~The last time I was that excited was when I got to go away overnight with my husband and no kids!

      2. Heather Sanders says:

        CindyK – Oh yes! Those are absolutely priceless times! Now that the kids are older it is easier and easier, but man…when they were young the nights alone were few and far between.

  10. Lynne R says:

    Patience must be a theme this week.

    I was reminding my two overly anxious grandsons, my daughter as she parents her impatient strong-willed son, and my husband while we were in traffic that maybe we ought to look at these situations as an opportunity to practice strengthening our patience muscles. As we all know, you have to repeatedly practice and use a muscle to make it stronger. And in the athletic vernacular, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) yields the best results…which might be why it seems that we get so many chances to work on it.

    What boy doesn’t want to be stronger? (or girl for that matter?)

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Lynne R – NO DOUBT! Waiting certainly does strengthen our “patience muscles.” That is a VERY good way to put it. I should look at all of this as an opportunity to GROW in character AND in faith. Thanks, Lynne. 🙂

  11. Kim Schofield says:

    We did bead board ceilings in the basement of our last house, and I loved it! Not only it it cost effective, but the look is beautiful. I’d pick that as a solution again in a heart beat! Here’s to waiting patiently…oh, the agony, and beautiful ceilings!

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Kim – I’m so glad to hear that you’d do it again. That’s the best possible compliment! Yes, the agony…like waiting for Christmas as a young child!

  12. kristy says:

    We have pine walls and ceilings with exposed beams and oak floors in our 1940’s house. The house was split in two to move onto our land in February 2014; and we still aren’t living there. We’ve thought about painting the walls and ceilings/rafters white; but I’m not sure I have the nerve to paint them.

    I love the white though, and I spend hours on pinterest looking at those same pictures! I had those stringed lights in my kitchen when I lived in VA, and they give off a beautiful light. I think you will enjoy the new look!

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Kristy – YAY! I am SO glad that you have had experience with them. Were yours halogen or LED? Our home was built in the 40s too. Wait…let me correct that. The front portion (the original “cabin” portion) of our home was built in the 40s. The back portion is about 12 years old now. It has sheetrock. I think eventually we will tongue-and-groove panel the walls and bead board the ceiling back there for a more continuous “lake house” feel.

      1. kristy says:

        I had LED lights, and I loved everything about them. That is funny, ours has a porch that was enclosed about 10 years ago. I love the dreaming phase too. I’m learning to be patient and I’m realizing what a sense of accomplishment it is to pay for everything as we go, and be debt free. I wish I had learned that lesson 20 years ago when I was starting out on my own.

      2. Heather Sanders says:

        kristy“I wish I had learned that lesson 20 years ago when I was starting out on my own.” – Oh sister, I feel ya!

  13. mtskeeter says:

    Bead board, okay, stark white, NO. You may find you can’t live in an igloo. Go for a soft vanilla or even a candlelight yellow. Remember your rustic cabin, keeping in with its history. Find out what is under your luan ceiling boards before you plunge into the refurbishing.You may have to do some insulation work, first.
    Take it easy and remember this is a process and it takes time refurbishing your living quarters figuratively and literally.

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      mtskeeter – Thank you for the advice! We know exactly what is under the Luan board. It is double insulated, and then, rafters. We also know the man who put up the Luan board as a “temporary” fix for them while they decided on the ceiling. That temporary fix has now been several years.

      But I think we’ll have to agree to disagree on the white being an “igloo.” I had white walls in my previous home. I love, love them. The antique (family) furniture I have gets seen against those white walls, and everything feels fresh. I’m not sure what hue of white I will choose, but the cabin is dark, dark, dark, and I feel completely comfortable straying from that bit of its history.

    2. Penny N says:

      I agree to disagree also. As it happens, I love WHITE. I have fought with my self over the years because so many people “tell” me that too much white is not good or not decorative enough. I have finally come to grips with my “whiteness” and proudly say “I LIKE WHITE” …

      I think color is very personal and when you know what you like go with it.

  14. Andrea says:

    I love what you are planning to do…and completely agree with how difficult the waiting can be! Nice feeling though, knowing that you are hoping to make this a forever home. Baby steps will make it look amazing in the end. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Andrea – Yes, my prayer is that I never have to move again. I have never lived anywhere that I loved so much. Thank YOU for commenting and encouraging!

  15. Dianne Bell in Michigan says:

    Hello Heather, thanks for sharing your home and faithsizing with us. I think your home is lovely already, and can only continue to blossom. Your choices are something I’d choose. The ceiling, beadboard, the lighting are just what your home/cottage need. The white will let all that gorgeous light flow, the ceiling height will seem so much taller, making your room feel bigger. I don’t see the white giving you such an all over modern feel. You’ll still be maintaining that Cottagey coziness. Went thru a few of my boards on Pinterest, and loved the white cottage ceilings. I know it’s a dream kinda thing, but a skylight would be giving you such a heavenly view. Something to file in an idea box for the future? Whatever you choose, just make it YOU. That way you can’t possibly lose.

    (Oh, and why not a “Go Fund Account”? I don’t see a problem with it.) Have a good nite.

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Dianne – I love my home already too – even with all of its needs and my desires. I wasn’t so concerned with the white making it feel too modern so much as the lights I’m considering (they have more of a modern edge to them).

      We cannot place a skylight because the weight of our ceiling is an issue already, and we don’t have much to support the weight of a skylight without doing significant construction. We have looked into bringing in light through skylight tubes, but then reconsidered because we already have so many windows (seriously, 21 windows in 960 square feet). Our problem is wall space!

      I’ll have to think about a GoFundMe. I’m still not comfortable asking for money I haven’t earned for cosmetic things on my house. *sheepishly ducking*

      1. monique says:

        if you don’t want to do a GoFundMe, consider a paypal donation button here on the blog…

      2. Heather Sanders says:

        monique – I’m giving it some thought. Maybe a PayPal button, yes.

  16. Holly says:

    Love your ideas, empathize with your impatience. I am the same way. The interior of our house is all white and we have high, high ceilings (22 ft. in some places) and yes we do have halogen lighting. It is hot but it is 11 ft. up so no one gets burned. I am so excited for you all. Be patient, like Jesus is patient with us. Enjoy the journey.

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Holly – Oh my goodness! 22ft ceilings? Glorious! And thanks for the reminder to be patient. Because yes, I am working toward that end. It helps to just SAY that I won’t be able to save for it until after Christmas because I can then work on letting it go (for now). I’ve jumped into researching wood countertops for my kitchen. hahaha

  17. Mel says:

    I am excited for your new ceiling! I went back and read through some of your older posts about your faithsizing journey because I hadn’t found your blog until you were already moved into your lake house and well into the journey. You guys have come such a long way! Your home is beautiful, and I can’t wait until you and your family are swimming in light with the new ceiling! =D

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Mel – That makes me smile to think people go back and catch up. That’s something I would do. when I’m new to a blog I do that very same thing. Thanks for joining me in my excitement for my new ceiling!

  18. Kelli says:

    It’s so cute! And I’m so excited for you! Yay! <It's totally okay to be excited about projects and not feel guilt about the feeling of looking forward to something. Depends on what you do with that anticipation/impatience, but if all it does is make you excited about an upcoming project or event? Go for it!!! (If it goes into envy and crankiness with the kitten because why does the kitten always get what IT wants…then, uh, no.) (I don't think you have a kitten, but I was just trying to think of the most adorable thing and when you're getting mad at the most adorable thing, then, girlfriend, it's time to stop yourself.) 😉

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Kelli – I don’t feel guilty about the feeling of looking forward to having the ceiling done. I get convicted about how poorly I wait. So yes, I agree that it “Depends on what you do with that anticipation/impatience…”

      You are cracking me up with your kitten analogy though. HAHAHA! Oh my goodness, no kitten envy or crankiness. nonononononono 😉

      1. Kelli says:

        oh good! sorry i read guilt into it… I’m so excited for you and excited for what it’s going to look like!! 🙂

  19. An says:

    I love all white interiors. I used Lilac Muse from Lowe’s for my white interior. It’s a blue white instead of a yellow white. It works for my cottage home. The white walls seem to change color throughout the day as the sunlight travels from one side of the house to the other. Furnishings really are given more decorative leniency in small spaces with white walls.

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      An – We used a blue-hued white in our other home, and I rather liked it too! I can remember how the room changed color throughout the day. Warm in the afternoon sun and cooler in the morning and late afternoons. 🙂

  20. Debi says:

    Idea would be to start with:
    Central A/C
    1. reduce the moisture from window units and will not have the same buckle to new material used
    2. same cost as doing the ceiling- find an AC man preferably someone ya’ll know, ask buy the material and unit at wholesale cost, or use a trade program at local high school or college to get installation at a cheaper cost in return for their practice with a licensed teacher overseeing the project
    3. by adding duct work will reduce the amount of bead board will have to purpose for ceiling
    4. it won’t look like an afterthought to the beautiful ceiling
    5. it will be winter and it wont be excruciating to be without air during the installation

    Then sell window units and the ceiling material you remove (ask for a reduced quote since ya’ll can do that labor for removal) in prep for new install on craigslist next spring.

    As for lighting, price those light bulbs and know that they only last half the time it says they do. I promise better off with white Christmas tree strands across the beams, they last longer, do not get hot, and have a beautiful soft look, just stock up at after holiday sales!!

    Can ya tell we have already had BOTH of these experiences? Happy home reno….and the go fund me is not a bad idea for people who are also impatient and want to see it transform (I mean bless ya’ll for the holidays! hehe 😉

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Debi – Many of your ideas are on my list! I just love that kind of affirmation.

      We still have to decide whether we will install central a/c or the ductless HVAC systems. Each time we think we’ve made up our mind, we find a reason to consider the other. Of course, the first option would cost us considerably more than the second, but might be wiser overall (like I said, we haven’t decided – still weighing things out). But both will cost at least twice (central a/c will start at about $5,000 even with a friend doing the work) what the ceiling will cost.

      If we do central a/c, we will drop the duct work (sort of a tubed, industrial look) because we do not want to lose any portion of the vaulted ceiling that gives our cabin such height. Any dropped ducts is one of the reasons I am leaning toward the ductless HVAC system. Either way, we’ll be rid of the a/c units eventually. *sigh*

      The back a/c unit will actually go into the shop when we no longer need it. Jeff’s unit in the shop is about to die, and we try to keep it in the mid 80s in there to help with the freezer. The a/c in the living room is on its last leg. Ugh.

      Jeff and I are already getting an EXTREMELY reduced rate on the ceiling labor, and Jeff already had planned to take some of his paid time off to help, so we might be able to sell the Luan board, but a reduced rate for taking it down is already worked in to the plans a bit.

      I HAVE considered wrapping those Christmas tree lights. My main concern is the fire hazard. I’m not sure that is even a concern I should have. I might need to do some research. But I have some lighting ideas I REALLY love too, and I need more light in the living room at night. Oh, it gets soooooo dark in here at night. Still considering that though, so thank you for the reminder.

      Okay, I’ll think about the GoFundMe. No, I’ll pray about the GoFundMe. It needs to rest in my soul before I can make that choice. But man, that would be something else. I’d have to be 100% transparent though. I’ve got to figure that out.


  21. Kari C. says:

    Hey Heather! I absolutely love the idea for the beadboard ceilings. You mentioned the posibility of going with a ductless HVAC system. We have such a system and I’m not a fan of it. We are currently saving up for a central unit. Our ductless unit is in the kitchen which means in order to keep the rest of the house even cool, my kitchen is freezing and the air doesn’t make it’s way to the bedrooms. In the summer it runs non-stop and our living room rarely stays cooler than 80 degrees (we live in Texas too).
    Granted, our house is a good bit bigger and our unit is not new, but even so I’m not so sure the ductless unit would help your moisture problems any more than the window units you already have. I recommend a visit to a few local places that have a unit like that (preferably during the summer) and see if it still sparks an interest. It sure wouldn’t be fun to spend the money on a ductless system that you ended up hating. Just some food for thought.
    God bless you and your family as you continue on your faith sizing journey!

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Kari C. – Thank you for that feedback because it does answer a lot of questions.

      1. We were told that (especially in Texas) we would need one in each “room” because (naturally) there are not vents to carry the cooled or heated air to another room. Since our kitchen and living area are one, that’ fine, but our bathroom does have a door (thank heavens) and when we all go to sleep, we close the curtain to the front of the house. So, I’m thinking we’d have to buy 3 units (maybe) to get an overall house effect.

      2. Moisture. Good thought.

      We plan to talk at length with our friend who has an a/c business, but we haven’t bothered him at this point since we are so far out from being able to do anything. We don’t want to “tease” a job that isn’t there right now.

      I appreciate your review. Thanks for the blessings, and back at ya!

  22. Mary Elise says:

    How lovely to see your pictures. I do like the beadboard in white. I loved the white tin ceiling my in-laws had in their 1904 farmhouse kitchen in Canada. They were original to the house and no-once else had tin panels. Reproduction panels may be great/affordable in some areas such as kitchen ceiling/backsplash or the bathroom. It’d be unique. x

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Mary Elise – I’ve seen those lovely painted tin panels. I have considered using them (though not painted) for a small backsplash area in the kitchen once we tear out the current tile that is cracked in some places. 🙂

  23. Heather Sanders says:

    For those of you who asked for a means to contribute, I have added a widget in my right sidebar.

    I’m a little nervous about it, so if it comes across negatively, or if it suddenly disappears, and you see the funds you sent miraculously back in your account, please understand.

    I’m just not certain about the idea, but I have seen God provide in many different ways for us over the years, so I don’t want to turn down an opportunity because of an unsubstantiated fear that I might offend some of you. Now, if it becomes a substantiated fact, that might be another thing altogether. 😉

  24. Paula says:

    If you can save by painting the board yourselves, go for it! Just pain before you put it up! Beadboard is a doozie to paint! I love white all around. So calming!

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Paula – Yes, I’ve read that beadboard is, as you say, “a doozie to paint!” And we haven’t got so far as to the painting, but my parents had some fine painters do great work in their house for a reasonable price. We aren’t sure yet what we’ll do in that regard.

  25. Kayla says:

    We have exposed beams throughout most of the main floor of our 1904 farmhouse, which are awesome, but our walls are also solid wood (overbuilt much?) – so running wiring is a pain 🙂 After trying some metal conduit, which works, but is not the most attractive look in an old farmhouse, we ended up building shallow box channels and then staining or painting them, depending if they were on our ceiling (stained and shellacked – over 100 years and still going strong), or walls (painted). We used pieces of wood in parallel to surround the wires, then covered them with strips of 1/4″ plywood. It looks pretty good and the wires are easily uncovered if we need to rewire something. We also built wood boxes around the exposed junction boxes to cover them, mounting the fixtures on the ceiling, rather than the beams. You could make the wood channels the same width as your beadboard and they’d be almost invisible once painted. Non-standard dwellings just require more creativity, and more time before tackling a renovation. We’ve been in our old farmhouse for 10 years now and we’ve just now finished all the things we wanted to do “right away”. In some cases it was really good to wait a bit (9 years for a new kitchen) to see what we REALLY wanted to do, how we used a space, what would be the best fit for our family. And in some cases, we just needed the motivation to get things done (trim around new windows). May God bless your saving and your building 🙂

    1. Heather Sanders says:

      Kayla – Yes, I imagine it will take quite some time to get everything as we’d like it, and I agree that learning how you’ll use a space certainly helps when determining how to renovate it. Good tip, thanks!

      It is funny you should describe the overhead lighting method you used in your farmhouse. We were at our middle daughter Meredith’s recital this weekend, and I noticed the church we were in had done something very similar along their beams. Of course, they added in fluorescent lighting, which I wouldn’t want, but the faux beam worked beautifully.

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