You are about to have your mind blown with our latest shiplap ceiling installation project! The split level home renovation is almost complete and the planked vaulted ceiling kitchen and living room is gorgeous! For this Shiplap Ceiling Installation project we partnered with Armstrong and used their White Country Classic Ceiling Plank as it’s easy to install and very affordable. The planks are stylish, lightweight, can be installed using the Armstrong Easy Up Track Clip System or with adhesive (see instructions for best installation method based on your project).
We used the Armstrong Ceilings Easy Up Track and Clip System as it’s so simple and we had already installed using the method in our basement makeover last year.
HOW TO INSTALL SHIPLAP ON YOUR CEILING
If you have been following along, you know that we purchased a split level home last year as a fixer upper flip project and recently tore down the kitchen wall and added a new load bearing / support beam as we wanted an open kitchen / living room space.
Here is the kitchen when we started to remove the wall and before we removed the ceiling. As you can see below, the kitchen was typical of a 1970’s kitchen with low ceilings and a wall that boxed off the eating area and living room.
Here is the kitchen with the walls and ceiling removed below.
Opening up the kitchen and living room by tearing down the wall as well as removing the ceiling to open up the attic space created a gorgeous vaulted ceiling that is now covered in white ceiling planks!
We wanted to create a statement / wow factor in this open kitchen space and the Armstrong ceiling planks created the clean modern shiplap look we were going after.
This is the easiest DIY project ever and if you can read directions and have a small amount of knowledge regarding home DIY, you can do this!
Something to be mindful of if you are installing on a sloped ceiling, the Easy Up® Installation System is intended for ceilings with a slope of less than 10 degrees.
How to Install a Shiplap Ceiling
Items needed for this shiplap ceiling installation:
Depending on your installation method, your tools necessary will vary (see instructions for specific method tools).
We used a tape measure, chalk line, drill, saw, utility knife, drywall screws, hammer and a level.
The first step of the installation is to install your Armstrong Ceilings Easy Up Track System by screwing the tracks to the strapping. We installed our tracks so they ran in the opposite direction of the strapping.
Normally you would install drywall to the ceiling strapping but in our case, we installed the ceiling planks.
The blown in insulation is what you see under the strapping.
The ceiling track installation took about 1 hour and was easy to install. The directions are very self explanatory as well.
Armstrong Ceilings also has a customer service hotline that you can call with questions.
If you have recessed lights, you will need to add a track on either side of the light and cut a hole in the plank around the light.
The second step of the installation is to make a chalk line (see above) to create your straight starting point.
Add your first ceiling plank (We started in the middle of the wall) using the clips to fasten the plank to the track.
Work your way to the end of wall and cut a smaller piece to fit at the end.
Be sure to stagger your plank seams as shown below.
The ceiling planks are tongue and groove and they are fastened to the tracks with a clip.
DIY Shiplap Ceiling
As you can see above the ceiling planks fit into each other (tongue and groove) and the clip slides over the edge of the plank to hold it in place. Easy peasy!
Our ceiling space was about 900 square feet which encompasses both the kitchen and living room.
The entire shiplap ceiling installation took about 6 hours with two people.
How to Cut Ceiling Plank Recessed Light Holes
The process of cutting out the holes for the recessed lights is a little time consuming so depending on how many recessed lights you have, the installation may be quicker.
We used a utility knife and hand saw blade to cut the ceiling planks and staggered the seams to create the shiplap look we were going after.
I’m thinking Jimbo needs a manicure after looking at this picture!
Want to see the other projects in this split home renovation? Click the blog post links below!
Shiplap Ceiling Ideas
These ceiling planks would also be great installed over a popcorn ceiling, drywall and even a new construction ceiling. Ceiling planks are also perfect for older homes as you can hide any imperfections in the existing ceiling or wall.
Shiplap and planks will enhance any ceiling and add a wow factor when someone enters the room (be sure to click here to see all the Armstrong Ceiling gallery images of ceiling projects! They are amazing!). Overall, this shiplap ceiling installation was so simply and added so much pizzaz to the new open kitchen and living room.
Stay tuned, the kitchen cabinets have been installed and the counters are being installed next week. The full kitchen reveal will be coming soon!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Armstrong Ceilings. All opinions and words are 100% my own.