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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. What I am able to help with in the kitchen completion has been on pause. So, I decided it is time to jump-start our other room – the family room.

THE BACKSTORY

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.

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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

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Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style

In case you noticed I’ve been a little scattered lately, it’s all for a good reason. Back in August, we finally gutted our bathroom – our one and only bathroom for a family of 8.  Yikes!  I can’t believe it’s been that long already. And it was high time for a bathroom makeover.

We aren’t just a tad busy, but busy like nobody’s business busy.  Do you think it’s done yet?  No sirree.  By this time I had hope to share with you the completed project, but since that won’t be happening anytime soon, I thought I would share the beginnings of our remodel.

Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
My hubby had already started to tear the bathroom apart before I could snap a good before photo, but just by this one alone I think you can get the idea that an update is overdue.
Our home is not your typical stick built home, it’s call a Gunnison home that was built back in the 1950’s.  It’s a type of modular home that were being built for soldiers returning from service in the military particularly in our neighborhood.   You can read more about them here.
Yes, our home has quirks, but most any home does and we choose to see our blessing for what it is…a blessing.  Instead of grumbling about wanting bigger and better, we are choosing to make our home the best there is for us.  You can read about our other progress of the master bedroom in Part 1 and Part 2.
The best part is that no one would guess this is a modular home.
One of the perks of this particular package is one lonesome bathroom.  Not only that, but also one bathroom with a window in the shower that faces the street. oh yeah, baby.
Question for builder: Why on earth would ANYONE put a window in their shower???  Does that not pose the problem of water damage not to mention privacy?
Uugh.  When we moved in the previous owner had replaced the window at some point with a wooden framed window.  Ummm, baaad idea.  Of course the sill rotted out and left us with a mess to clean up.
At one point when we really didn’t have a budget, we replaced the commode, the shower stall and tub, and floor (originally it was carpeted and has since had two different tiled floors) and it’s held up for several years.
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
 So here we are doing it again, and this time we’re yanking everything out and starting over…clean slate.  It feels sooo good.  I’m going to try to dig up a real before shot for you by the next time I post….promise.
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
 On the walls we have 1″ tiles above 3″ tiles.  I’ve painted the 1″ tiles a couple of times over the years because the originals were white with lovely gold streaks in them.  The builders didn’t even tile to the ceiling – most likely ran out of tile – and then just added a clear plastic drop ceiling to hide it all. Don’t you love it?
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 The 3″ tile beneath is also white with gold flecks in it, but at least that was more bearable.
Like I just mentioned, the ceiling was a drop ceiling with clear (that had turned mottled) plastic panels.  When we moved in I quickly remedied that problem with some white paint.
After the ceiling was removed, here is what we were left with…wood panels.
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
 The ceiling was the easy part, and that was what we tackled first.
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 I show you more of that later.
Then it was time for one of my favorite toys…the Sawzall.  (enter in “Tim the Tool Man” laugh)
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
 That little gem sent those nasty tiles flying and it was done in no time.  Another good thing about our home is that we don’t have drywall on our walls.  Just good old wood sheets, which are actually kind of nice because they can handle dings and bumps from kids, and can handle remodeling well.
After most was removed, here is what we were left with.  So ugly isn’t it?
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Needless to say we replaced the window with a new one.  Can I just say I love Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore!  We found 2 new double-hung windows that were the exact fit to our remodel – they are NOT wood. (Since this window is one of our front facing windows, we are also replacing the other front window in a bedroom) Of course, we also removed the damaged interior wall and replaced it with cement board suited for water purposes.
We seriously wanted to wall the window in or put glass block instead of a double-hung window, but since this it can be seen curbside, we didn’t want to ruin our curb appeal and lose light.
In looking to replace our tub, I would have loved to install a claw foot cast iron one, but since we’d like to sell our house at some point, we wanted to make it suit folks of all ages.  I found a brand new uninstalled Kohler cast iron bathtub on Craigslist for pennies compared to a new one.  It has a small chip on the corner, which deemed it unusable by the owner, but it will hide beautifully with trim.
Now, it sounds easy enough to just put the tub in, BUT (there’s always that word!) getting it in place was another issue.  Thanks to our good neighbors help, we were able to get the tub into the house and in the bathroom. However, getting it in place was another story.
This bad boy weighed over 300 lbs. and was almost exactly the size of our bathroom, so squeezing it in was a chore.  My hubs and friend couldn’t get it in for anything because the front apron kept catching on the wall.  grrrr…
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
 At this point I am happy to say that I am on this side of the camera during this part of the bathroom makeover.
What to do?  Whip out the Sawzall and cut the wall that was causing the trouble.  Did I mention I love that tool?  It was a gift to self a while back and it’s worth every penny.
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Alas the tub, is finally in a resting spot.  BUT…(there it is again!) we couldn’t get it to move back in to place snug against the wall.  My husband tried everything he could think of, but the feet of the tub kept catching on the cement board underneath.  grrr…
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 I told him to let it go and we would tackle it the next day with a fresh brain.  I always get wonderful revelations as I’m going to sleep and sometimes that’s a bad thing because then I can’t sleep.  That night, bingo.
Excitedly, the next morning I asked him if we could try to use a lever to lift the tub on the end, while he pushed from the side.  Thank God (seriously) we have access to the pipes and tub on the faucet side of the wall through a closet.
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
 I suggested we stick a 2″ x 4″ under the tub and I would stand on it to lift it up.
It worked.  Hallelujah!!
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
 Yes, I work in skirts and yes, I’m stunning on that board in this fuzzy photo, eh?
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
 I’m going to stop at this point even though we’re way past this part of the bathroom makeover.  But let me tell you, even a tiny bathroom can become a big headache. We tried to pre-plan all the details and even with that effort you will always run into something. At least we can DIY!
If you want to see the next installment come on over.

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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
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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.

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