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DIY Coffered Ceiling with Antique Barn Roof Shingles

The time has come for me to share with you the beginning of our family room remodel and the continuation of how we are making our house our home. There is not doubt that owning a home is an adventure and such a blessing. Never did I think we would be here for 15 years, but happily here we are. My goal today is to share with you yet another journey, update you on our past projects, and invite you to learn how to create your own DIY coffered ceiling. (so many have asked!) Let the fun begin…

Truthfully, I hadn’t intended to post much about our next room adventure until our kitchen was complete. If you are new around here, we are wrapping our our 2.5 year kitchen/dining/laundry remodel that began HERE. We did take last summer off to work on numerous outdoor projects too. Since what I am able to help with in the kitchen completion has been on pause, I decided it was time to jump-start our other room – the family room.

The story of our journey really began in 2003 when we bought this house and began the first remodel. Here is peek at the family room we saw when we moved in.

Family Room in the Early Before with New Home | prodigalpieces.com

Pine paneling, old Berber carpet, and open fireplace with built-in bookshelves unseen. You can even still see the drop ceiling just above us. Boy, hard to believe my oldest was a toddler and I was expecting our second baby.

Haynes Family in First Home | prodigalpieces.com

God moved mountains for us to be able to purchase this much of a home in the first place. Never in my wildest dreams would I think we could own a home in Read more

Faux Barn Beam Ceiling ~ Master Bedroom Remodel

Do you love the look of farmhouse barn beams, but lack the barn? We have a trick up our sleeve to show you how you can make your own faux barn beam ceiling. As we continue to make progress in our master bedroom remodeling project, we will be sharing details along the way. You can see read about the beginning of the story in Part 1, where we tackled our glued on carpet. ick.

This is the before…
Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom with Sunbleached Gray Floors by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces…floors are beautifully finished.  Yippee!
Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom with Sunbleached Gray Floors by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesNow, on to the faux barn beam ceiling.  Remember we live in a 1952 Gunnison ranch home, which offers some quirky building features that we have tried to deal with in different ways.  When we bought the home 13 years ago (yikes! has it been that long already?), we did major renovations ourselves, like doors, windows, roof, etc.  Even hit most every room with upgrades except our bedroom.
Originally, the ceiling has a popcorn-type texture and we decided to stipple the ceiling to give it a textured effect.  That worked fine, but really bothered me that the ceilings were still slightly uneven because of the wood panels that were used.
Fast forward 13 years and here we are:
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
*post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too! (see full disclosure)
Do you see the seam in the upper right corner?  Stippling just didn’t hide it like I wanted, even though it looked much better than its original state.
Our solution was to take 1/4 luan (plywood) and rip it into 8″ pieces to simulate an old-school planked flooring above.  Thankfully, the wonderful guys at Home Depot made the cuts for us at no cost. (we were originally quoted .25 cents per cut – cha ching!!  Saving!!)  It took us four 4′ x 8′ panels to do our 12′ x 12′ ceiling.
The only prep work for the wood was hitting the cut sides with my sander to remove the rigid edges.
To install the strips, we used my self-given birthday gift, my pneumatic nailer to quickly get them up.  (or use the AirStrike, my latest nailer mentioned here) To create the gap, we just grabbed a scrap piece of 1/8″ thick pressed board and it worked great.
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
If you notice in the picture above, we were going to end up with seams at some point across our ceiling because the 8′ panels won’t cover a 12′ ceiling.  Don’t worry, we had a plan.
We intended to have the seams land in a spot that would be covered by the faux flooring beams we were going to add at a later point. Otherwise we would have staggered the joints.
Once the panels were up, we just needed to hide the nail heads with a small swipe of wood filler.  Looking better already!!  (Thank you, JC!)
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThen, we just hit those puttied spots with a light sanding to create a smooth surface.
We wanted to keep with the idea of creating a light, relaxing space, so we painted the ceilings in one of my favorite cool white paints by Behr, Dove White. (sorry, no pics of the painted part before beams)  Just a couple coats with a roller and a bit of touch up with a brush to the seams.
Now for the beams.
We distressed four simple pine beams (1 – 2″ x 6″ x 12′, 3 – 2″ x 6″ x 10′) to give them to get that rustic hand-hewn barn beam look.
My husband just took our hatchet and went down the out edges hacking away in random motions.  (Yes, he is out on our heat-wave day of 20 degrees – seriously, we were happy to have that temperature!!)
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThen, to get the face of the beam roughed up, he took his Bosch planer and hit it in random points while on it’s lowest setting.  You could use a hand planer as well, if you don’t have a tool like this one. (You really should get yourself one of these, they rock!)
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesWe choose to use a nice contrasting stain from Varathane, called Early American. I use this stain in many of my projects…see them in these posts.
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesNext, to mount the beams, we ran them perpendicular to the seams of the wood strips to get the feel that they were supporting the faux upper floor.
We located the studs in the ceiling, and measured their layout. Then, we copied that pattern onto the beam and pre-drilled holes so we could easily screw them in while holding them up. (So thankful our 11 yr. old is big enough to help because my pregnant self can’t do much!)
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesHere’s  closer look of the hand-hewn effect.
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces


At this point I’m starting to swoon because I can see our plans coming to fruition.
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesSo there you have it, not in it’s complete state because we’re still going to add a couple of 2″ x 4″ to the outer sides to finish the faux upper floor look, but need to tackle the walls first.
Do pin and share to inspire others to stop wishing and start doing. It only takes a little DIY and you can have the look you’re after too.
DIY Farmhouse Style Faux Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
We love how the ceiling turned out and are very happy with the results. If you were interested in using a prefabricated material instead of making your own, check out what my friend, Heather, did with her ceiling HERE.
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Come see how we took on our floors and then how we planked our walls after our faux barn beam ceiling.

Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom with Sunbleached Gray Floors by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesDIY Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom Reveal by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Shabby Chic Wall Art with French Graphic

Well…let’s just say part of this thrift store find got my heart pumping while others…not so much. Can you see why? You know I love me a fun makeover challenge and I couldn’t pass this one up. Since leopard print and lions aren’t my thang, I’m going to show you how I create shabby chic wall art from this mirror.

Thrifted Mirror Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you can get your eyeballs to look past that awful print on the mirror, you’ll cast your eyes on that gorgeous frame. {{commence swooning}} Never-mind the lion. tsk. Read more

Mudroom Update with DIY Storage

Do you ever have one of those projects that just seems like it keeps bugging you that it needs tweaking? Well, one of the best things about our home is the storage. Our home may be on the small side, but it is tweaked out for storage. A favorite feature is our mudroom. Today, I’m going to share (yet another) mudroom update. This is the third time around, but it’s high time we get it right!

Messy Mudroom Before by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now, don’t go judging me, k? This mess is after I already took apart the stuff in here. To get a true view of Read more

Farmhouse Wall Decor from Upcycled Cupboard Doors

Time for the next installment of my cupboard door stash makeover. Yahoo!! If you have no clue what I’m talking about, head HERE to begin the fun. My gift of cupboard doors is becoming more and more fruitful. I was ready to give away that thrifted metal art, but then I had a light-bulb moment (don’t you just love those?). This pile below is about to get transformed into farmhouse wall decor.

Cupboard Doors & Thrifted Art Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*post includes affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

The light-bulb moment I mentioned was that I realized I had two square cupboard doors in my stash that would work perfectly. My vision was to Read more

Painted Fireplace Insert ~ Step-by-Step Tutorial

We may have a sloth’s pace when working on our home, but not by any decision of our own. The key is we get it done. Folks, we are so close to wrapping up our family room remodel that I’m brimming with excitement. For one, it will feel good to be done. Two, I need my house back! haha. Stuffing the contents of the biggest room into the other rooms of your home is not so fun. However, we are appreciating the home we do have. With that, I’m sharing how to update your fireplace insert with a painted fireplace tutorial. Here is said fireplace in question…

Farmhouse Style Sandstone Fireplace Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

That beauty and this room has come a long way from where it started 15 years ago. Read more

Christmas Cupboard Door Projects for Kids

The holiday season is definitely fun for letting our creative side run wild. I love to get my six kids involved in gift making and creating. They all agreed they wanted to inspire you and your kids to get your craft on too. Today we are going to to show you how you can create an upcycled Christmas cupboard door project for any age. We’re all about inspiring you to get have some DIY fun. Join me and my gang for a cupboard adventure!

Salvaged Cupboard Doors Before Makeover by Kids | prodigalpieces.com

What you see above is a selection of cupboard doors that my kids picked out from my stash below. Did you read the story about how I acquired that pile o’ goodness? If not, you can get up to speed HERE.

Salvaged Cupboard Door Stash for Upcycling Projects by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As soon as we got that wonderful gift of doors Read more

Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel Reveal

Do you hear that? The proverbial angels are singing because we have come to the day that I can finally show you our farmhouse kitchen remodel reveal. It’s been a long time coming and this post definitely won’t be short and will have MANY pictures (no apologies, ahem). So, come along as I take back to our beginning and fill you in on our DIY adventure.

First, let me say a HUGE thank you to my awesome family. JC worked wonders in all aspects of this project. For instance, he took on things he’s never worked on before, all while working many jobs. To our six wonderful kids for being patient as we worked when we could, and for coming along and helping us complete our dream. We couldn’t do it without you! And, for my Lord as I know we couldn’t have done it without Him.

Why the drama you say? It’s just a kitchen, right? Well, to us it’s much more than that. About 3 years ago (2.833 years ago to be exact). While we didn’t work 24/7 on it for that length of time, it still took up much of our free time. And if you know what it’s like being a homeschooling family of 8, that “free time” really doesn’t exist. Also, because of the seasons here, we had to take breaks from it in the summer and work on outdoor projects. In addition, when a vehicle went bad, or overtime at day jobs comes up, we have to stop. So frustrating.

However, we decided it was time to fix a few bugs that were still existing in our home after a quick remodel we did after we moved in. You can see our first post back in 2016 HERE, but I’ll update here as well.

Here is what you would have seen when we bought our home in 2003.

Outdated Kitchen in Before State | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Ranch Home with Carpeted Dining Area "Before" by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As I mentioned in my first post, Read more

DIY Antique Store Sign with Video Tutorial

When the second Tuesday of each month rolls around I get super excited to get started on my Trash to Treasure project. Can you blame me that I find it fun to work with ladies of the same heart for repurposing and recreating? I think not. tee hee. You’ll see their projects in a bit. Today I can’t wait to share with you a fun new creation using this wood I dug out of the clearance bin. Would you believe I’m going to turn it into a DIY antique store sign? Let the fun begin!

Raw Pine Tongue and Groove Planks for DIY Antique Store Sign | prodigalpieces.com

If you don’t already, I seriously suggest you check out the misfit clearance bin at your local home improvement store. I get some of the best project wood there. These pine tongue & groove  carisiding boards were a complete score for me because (1) I needed it to patch my Read more

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