How to Install a Beadboard Porch Ceiling


Installing a new ceiling gives a room or porch a brand new look. It can set off a room to make it come alive. The best thing about installing bead board is the ease with which it is installed. If you can control a hammer, operate an electric miter saw and use a nail set then you have just qualified for the job.

Things You'll Need

  • Bead board
  • Electric miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Wood putty
  • 6d finish nails
  • Hammer
  • Nail set
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Short step ladder
  • To start the first row of bead board, place it at the top of the wall on the ceiling and face nail it in place. Set the nails with the nail set and fill with putty. Continue this process until the first row is installed.

  • Make the first board of the second row a different length than the first board of the first row to achieve a staggered look. Install the tongue of this board into the groove of the first row.

  • Drive nails through the bottom side of the bead board groove that the next board will fit into. Take care to use the nail set to drive the nails in far enough to receive the next board.

  • Repeat Steps 2 – 3 until the last row is reached. Do not set the nails too far as they may turn loose and cause the ceiling to droop.

  • Rip the last row so that it will slip into the groove and fit nicely against the wall. Face nail this one, set the nails and fill holes with wood putty. Install crown mold as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear safety glasses.
  • The first row may need to be ripped to account for a room that is out of square.
  • Do not rush the job. Allowing the right amount of time will prevent mistakes.
  • Do not set the blade on the table saw any higher than needed to make the cut.

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