Hey all! Me again.
It’s a rare thing for me to post twice in one week but I’m taking you on a new journey next week so I figured I’d finish up with all my Powder Room posts.
Did you get a chance to see the big reveal? What did you think?
If there’s one thing that makes this powder room truly unique, it’s definitely this ceiling treatment!
You want to know what the best part is? I found a cost effective way to create this for only $37.36!
MDF Shelving (cut-to-size): $6.20 (x2)
* you get a total of 8 pieces from two shelves.
Here’s the key to making this ceiling work.
Although I used a bold blue colour to accentuate the wallpaper’s interesting details, everything is balanced by the MDF strapping which is painted the same colour as the walls. This panelling automatically tones down the ceiling and gives the powder room a unified look.
I won’t be giving a step-by-step tutorial here since chances are your powder room ceiling will have different measurements but I will highlight some of the basic steps we took.
Home Depot has a great selection of textured interior wallpapers. We’ve actually used a similar paper to create an accent wall when we lived in our condo back in the day.
Wallpaper definitely pushes the boundaries beyond what any paint could do and I thought it would be awesome to try it out on a ceiling! We chose a medallion print by Superfresco which retails for $24.99. It covers 56 square feet so we had more than enough wallpaper to complete our project.
We found it easy to measure and pre-cut our pieces before we installed it. It’s pre-pasted so all you need is a little water and couple of minutes to let the glue activate.
Placing the wallpaper on the ceiling is a two-person job. You want to make sure your pattern is lined up perfectly with the ceiling and the paper is flush with the plumb line.
To work out the bubbles, start from the middle and work your way towards the edges. I found my edger to be a great tool when smoothing out the textured surface. Also a roller will work just as good.
Give your wallpaper a day to dry and then apply two coats of paint to cover.
Traditional trim and molding can be costly. For this project, we kept costs low by using inexpensive MDF shelves. These shelves come 5/8″ x 12″ @ 8′. For my ceiling, I needed two shelves pre-cut to 3″ strips.
I was able to get 8 individual pieces (8ft long).
I painted the pieces all the same colour as my powder room walls.
We assembled the pieces with a nail gun. We started by creating a border around the perimeter of the ceiling.
Then we measured and strategically placed the two longest pieces vertically down the centre to create our base points.
The remaining pieces are cut and place horizontally to create the boxed effect. Kind of like a tic tac toe board.
We used the same technique when we created the feature wall in our master ensuite last year.
For huge impact on a small DIY budget, I say this ceiling treatment is definitely one-of-a-kind.
Disclosure: I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Home Depot Canada in this powder room makeover. I was provided with a gift card in order to purchase some supplies and products for this space. All views, opinions and creativity are my own!
I’ve been considering using the beadboard wallpaper from HD in my master bedroom. I’d keep it white, but I feel like it might get a bit mussed during the install and require painting. Did you use a special roller (extra soft) due to the texture of the paper?
Hi Julia, I used a paint edger to adhere it to the ceiling. I just found it easier to use. However, using a paint roller will work just as good. Anything with a soft surface. I also found the wallpaper isn’t that delicate, you can apply force on it and it won’t ruin the texture of the paper.
What did you use for the flooring?
Hi Jlyn, it’s hardwood floors in the colour, charcoal (deep brown with grey undertones).
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Love what you’ve done here.
Quick question for ya: do you feel that the dark walls make the space feel much smaller? I’ve always wanted to try dark walls in my powder room but am worried it’s going to feel claustrophobic. Would love your opinion.
Thanks in advance,
After we completed our makeover, the space seemed so much larger compared to the original powder room (with lighter walls). The reason why the dark walls worked so well in our powder room is because we have a ton of natural light flowing in. As long as you have good lighting (either overhead or window), I think dark colours are awesome. If your space is not well lit then I would probably stick to lighter colours. Hope this helps 🙂
Was your ceiling flat or textured? I want to do something like this to our ceiling but it has a light knockdown texture
Hi Cara! Our ceilings were flat. I would recommend smoothing out your ceilings before adding wallpaper. You don’t want it to show through. Good luck!
Love this look! Can’t bring myself to go bold with colors on the ceiling though. I have put textured wall paper on the cringe of my living room, kitchen and dining areas. I love it! Has been up for several years now and no problems! Looks like tin ceiling! Would love to do more in my home but not able to these days. Love to see more of your projects!
Very nice! The colors are perfect,
what color is the blue paint?