So I snatched a bunch of fence boards (thank you spring windstorms for maintaining a bountiful supply of fences) and scrubbed and washed and measure and cut. The result? A free ceiling and splinters. :)
Read on or scroll through the pictures to see the before, during and after.
**basement lighting is unfriendly for quality pictures. I tried. PicMonkey helped.
Who wouldn't want to stare at toilet pipes while chillin' in the basement? When my first son was a toddler/preschooler with insane amounts of energy he tried to climb up these! I totally freaked, not something we want breaking!!! Can you imagine? ~shudder~
Spray painted the boards black since I was expecting small gaps between some of the boards. A black background will help eliminate the visual distraction.
Laid out my pattern on the deck. So glad I keep a steady supply of wood pieces around (my hubby is not as enthusiastic about this as I am!).
And boom! A beautiful accent wall. In the future, I can see myself creating a similar pattern across an entire wall.
|my brother's cat photobombing|
Fence Board Ceiling
In progress photo: I quickly discovered that my rafters were not equidistant apart. Sometimes one row was 1/2 inch wider, other times, the difference was in whole inches!
Best part of this project was the lack of nails involved. I didn't use a single one to put the boards up. The rafters (is that what those horizontal beams are called?) each had a half inch lip to slip fence board onto. Installing the boards was the easiest part! Minus the dust and occasional splinter that fell in my eye. I do own safety goggles and I know where they are...but I'm lazy when it comes to safety. More of a safety-if-convenient rather than a safety-first person.
And then there was this weirdo spot like this around the toilet pipes....they were lower than the rafters so it took a little creativity to hide the mess above...not much I can do about the pipes without actually building something...and that is more work that I want to do now. Maybe another day...
A much more inviting space when one doesn't have to look up to air ducts and water pipes. The drywall is unfinished and the carpet is a hodpodge of remnant pieces so its still a very unfinished space, but something about a ceiling helps bring a room together.
Some homemade metal stars hung on a lamp shade skeleton. Why? Because. And the hook was already there. (Do you see the water stained boards at the top? Thank you summer sprinklers for creating this effect!)
View from the "den" portion of the basement, so much nicer now that the toilet pipes are masked! The old window frame my sister found next to a trash can. Truly a piece of trashure! If I can find a couple more without the glass inserts I might add a row of windows next to the accent wall, stacking the windows on top of each other to help create a "wall."
Pinterest was my best friend during this project. Here are a few blogs/tutorials that guided me through this process. They are all worth a read, especially since board prep varies depending your climate and bug life.
|before and after|