The DIY coffered ceiling we just put up in our new nursery seriously makes this look like the nicest room in the house. We did another DIY beadboard ceiling in our stairwell and hallway last year, but this one did even better, thanks to experience and better products from Woodgrain.
Thank you to Woodgrain for sponsoring this post. All opinions are our own.
DIY Coffered Ceiling
This DIY coffered ceiling design was actually fairly easy in the grand scheme of things and way easier than in the stairwell since we didn’t have to balance ladders on the stairs.
Here’s how we made our nursery’s DIY coffered ceiling:
The Bead Board
We started by sketching out our ceiling with exact measurements, then cutting 10 squares of bead board to fit.
Nine identical squares for our square room and one different for the entry nook.
We attached the squares using construction adhesive and our nail gun. This made it very easy to install.
We had to cut holes for the fan hookup and the air vent, but otherwise, this was an easy process.
It definitely looks worse before it looks better!
We used Woodgrain’s 5 1/4 inch crown molding all the way around the room.
Their molding is flexible and light so it’s easy to handle when you’re trying to nail it in place.
We recommend you start with a long whole piece and work from there. This is easy to just nail into place.
Woodgrain has this awesome flat molding in various widths (we went with six inches wide) that we used to create faux beams for the coffered ceiling.
These butted right up against the crown molding nicely with their flat edge.
We started by doing long beams in one direction, then cutting the appropriately sized short beams to run across the other direction.
This created our 10 squares in a ceiling grid pattern.
We spent a good amount of time caulking and sanding all the corners, nail holes, and edges to make sure everything looked as seamless as possible.
Woodgrain makes their own color-matched caulk that works great with their pieces of molding.
It blends into the color of the crown molding especially well.
Since the bead board was an off white though, we used our HomeRight paint sprayer to give the entire ceiling one coat of an off-the-shelf white.
The Final Product
Look how amazing this ceiling turned out y’all!
This DIY coffered ceiling really wasn’t that hard at all. It took a couple of phases, but we had all the bead board, crown molding and beams up in one day.
It helped that I had cut the bead board pieces the night before.
Then we just caulked and sanded during the week and painted when we painted the wainscoting.
I love how much architectural detail this project added to this basic space!
For now, thanks again to our partners at Woodgrain for the amazing products they have that we were able to use for our nursery DIY coffered ceiling.
Their Finished Elegance line is great for the DIY home renovation crowd.
The products are really nice, we love that they come finished and how easy they are to cut and work with. We highly recommend Finished Elegance by Woodgrain for your next molding project!
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Hey there, I’m Sean, the woodworking enthusiast and builder behind CharlestonCrafted.com! Since 2012, I’ve been sharing the magic of turning raw materials into beautiful creations. I love teaching others the art and satisfaction of woodworking and DIY. I try to inspire fellow crafters to make something extraordinary out of nothing at all.