How to Cover a Ceiling With Reclaimed Wood Floors

Add a touch of antiquity overhead by using salvaged floors as architectural interest.

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Materials Needed:

  • reclaimed wood flooring planks
  • 1/2"-thick 4x8' sheets of plywood
  • circular saw
  • jigsaw
  • liquid nails
  • screwdriver
  • 1/2" paddle bit
  • chalk line
  • nail gun
  • pneumatic nailer
  • air compressor
  • measuring tape
  • sponge
  • bucket of hot water
  • wood floor cleaner
  • pencil

Measure, Mark and Cut Plywood

Prior to installing the planks of reclaimed wood flooring, a subsurface must be cut and attached up through the ceiling joists. To start, determine the length and width of ceiling using a measuring tape. Referring to measurements, mark 1/2"-thick 4x8' sheets of plywood to size with a pencil. Cut plywood to size using a circular saw.

Cut Holes for Junction Boxes and Air Vents

Based on measurements taken with measuring tape, mark plywood in order to cut holes for air vents and junction boxes in the appropriate spots. Next, use drill and paddle bit to create a pilot hole, then cut out traced area with jigsaw.

Add Liquid Bonding Adhesive

Apply liquid bonding adhesive to joists with caulk gun. This will help hold the plywood in place, making it easier to secure with drill and screws.

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