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Best Kitchen Shiplap Ceiling You Can Do Yourself

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Our shiplap ceiling was one of my favorite projects to date.  You are about to have your mind blown with our latest shiplap ceiling installation project and the best part, you can do this yourself!  Shiplap has traditionally been used outdoors and made from wood but over the years, shiplap ceiling products have evolved to a lighter faux wood product that are durable, easy to install and are perfect for indoor ceiling projects. Many are installing shiplap ceiling products over popcorn ceilings in basements or simply to add a farmhouse style to vaulted and cathedral ceilings. 

split level kitchen remodel open to living room with island

Shiplap Ceiling Ideas

If you have been following along on our split level home renovation, the newly vaulted kitchen and living room shiplap ceiling is gorgeous! For this Shiplap Ceiling Installation project we partnered with Armstrong and used their white shiplap – 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).

Shiplap on a ceiling offers a variety of styles depending on the type of shiplap. If you are looking for a modern farmhouse look, these shiplap ceiling planks are perfect!

white shiplap installation armstrong ceilings screwing easy up track to ceiling joist

Our shiplap ceiling is gorgeous! 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. 


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. 

Learning how to install shiplap on a ceiling is on very difficult and if you take your time and can read directions, you will be fine!

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. 

1970's kitchen wall being torn down

Here is the kitchen with the walls and ceiling removed below.

LVL load bearing beam, open ceiling with strapping, cathedral kitchen, living room

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.

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. 

  1. The first step of the shiplap ceiling 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.

screwing Armstrong Easy Track to ceiling strapping

Normally you would install drywall to the ceiling strapping but in our case, we installed the shiplap ceiling planks.

The blown in insulation is what you see under the strapping.

screwing Armstrong Easy Track to ceiling 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 shiplap ceiling plank around the light.

screwing Armstrong Easy Track to ceiling strapping with recessed light

2. The second step of the ceiling 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 ceiling plank seams as shown below.

The shiplap ceiling planks are tongue and groove and they are fastened to the tracks with a clip. 

Lightweight Shiplap Ceiling

The Armstrong shiplap ceiling planks are also very lightweight and easy to work with. 

white shiplap ceiling planks Armstrong easy track and clips

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!

Adding shiplap on a ceiling is definitely an easy DIY project that you can complete in a short period of time. Isn’t it amazing the difference?

white tongue and groove ceiling planks installed on vaulted ceiling by man in blue shirt

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

cutting around recessed lights ceiling planks

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. 

white ceiling plank cut with a utility knife

I’m thinking Jimbo needs a manicure after looking at this picture! 

Jessica Bruno installing ceiling planks

white shiplap ceiling planks Armstrong easy track and clips

Want to see the other projects in this split home renovation?  Click the blog post links below!

Split Home Tour (before) | Removing the kitchen wall  | Installing a load bearing beam in kitchen | How to modernize a house with black windows | Increase your front door size with door and transom | why we picked solid core interior doors | split level exterior before and after | split level kitchen remodel before and after | Best luxury vinyl flooring basement makeover

How much does a shiplap ceiling cost?

A shiplap ceiling cost depends on the type of product or material you buy plus installation cost. For a faux wood product like this, you will pay between $4 and $7.50 a square foot plus labor to install. You can also save on the labor if you install yourself. 

The living room and kitchen ceilings are now vaulted in this split level home and the addition of the shiplap ceiling planks really added another layer of character and visual appeal to both of these rooms. 

white shiplap ceiling planks Armstrong easy track and clips

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.

Updated as of 2022. Here is a look at the final vaulted kitchen remodel (click here) and living room shiplap ceiling showing how gorgeous the planks look. 

split level kitchen remodel with island and vaulted ceiling

You can see the full split level kitchen remodel here.

split level kitchen living room layout, platinum wall color by Behr, natural oak flooring, vaulted ceiling with recessed lights

Want to see all the split level house projects in this house? Click the links below.

You can see them all here by clicking each link –> (1) Split Level House Tour (before), (2) opening a load bearing wall between kitchen and living room , (3) Adding a beam to a load bearing wall , (4) Installing shiplap on vaulted ceiling , (5) Quality Wolf kitchen cabinet review and installation, (6) Why we love the vinyl plank flooring basement makeover, (7) why we picked prehung solid core interior doors by Masonite, (8) Split level exterior remodel before and after , (9) Split Level Kitchen Remodel before and after

Shiplap ceilings and planks will enhance any ceiling and add a wow factor when someone enters the room (Be sure to see the Armstrong Ceiling gallery images of ceiling projects! They are amazing!). Overall, this shiplap ceiling installation was so simple and added a lot pizzaz to the new open kitchen and living room.

If you are looking to add shiplap to drywall, check out our basement accent wall featuring solid white shiplap planks. Our basement ceiling (click here) is a modern coastal design and we added shiplap ceiling planks in 2 hours creating a gorgeous accent wall.   

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Armstrong Ceilings. All opinions and words are 100% my own.




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  1. What brand of flooring do you use?

    1. Are you talking about these floors in this blog post? These are existing floors that we are having refinished to a white/gray finish.

  2. Ariana Curiel says:

    I live in a traditional split level home with the entrance, kitchen, living room and dining room on the main level. I like the idea of vaulted ceiling in the kitchen and dining room but am concerned about losing attic space. At 1600 sq ft my house does not have enough storage space. Would I lose storage space by installing a vaulted ceiling?

    Thank you for your blog. I am on the lookout for anything that would improve my 1962 split-level!

    1. we still had storage on the other half of the house (the hallway/bedrooms/bathroom) end. we only vaulted the kitchen/dining/living room area.

  3. Hello, beautiful renovation! We are trying to figure out what trim color to use. What is the trim paint color that you guys are using in the house? Thank you!!