THE GREAT PLANK DEBATE

To Paint or Not To Paint, That is The Question

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While we were having the tile under the shag carpetting tested for asbestos, we also had the vermiculite in the attic tested. Thankfully, the vermiculite came back negative...the tile - not so much. However, due to evidence of mouse activity (and I mean lots and lots of activity), the mess that vermiculite leaves, and the stained, sagging and generally popcorny condition of the ceilings, we decided to have the ceiling and the attic insulation removed, including all vermiculite, at the same time the asbestos containing tile on the floors was being taken out. It was so neat to be able to see the ceiling structure, and a huge relief to see that the construction was solid.

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tiffany_leigh_cottage_reno_ceilings

I was left with a blank slate, and knew immediately that I wanted to plank the ceilings in pine. I arrived to the Amabel one weekend to find the ceilings freshly planked and to find myself faced with a decision on how to finish them. My first instinct was to paint. My second instinct was to whitewash. My third instinct was to leave natural. My fourth instinct was to try and match the sunroom. So many instincts, so much confusion! I posted a poll on instagram and an overwhelming number of people voted for whitewash.

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Here are some of my favourite inspiration shots that I came across for planked ceilings while trying to settle my internal debate:

WHITE WASH:

Design: Sarah Richardson Design. Photography: Stacey Brandford.  Link . 

Design: Sarah Richardson Design. Photography: Stacey Brandford. Link

NATURAL/STAINED:

Design: Carol Estes.  Link . 

Design: Carol Estes. Link

Design: Willow Creek. Photography: Christine Flynn.  Link.  

Design: Willow Creek. Photography: Christine Flynn. Link. 

PAINTED

Design: Blue Barn and Cottage.  Link . 

Design: Blue Barn and Cottage. Link

It was this last image of the painted ceiling that really sold me. I have had this picture pinned (LITERALLY, not on Pinterest...okay on there too, but printed out and physically pinned) to the wall by my bed since I started dreaming of buying a cottage. The painted ceiling felt so fresh. I ruled out leaving it untreated/natural pretty quickly. The original sunroom cedar ceilings are so much darker and the two side by side did not look good (and I'd like to maintain the sunroom ceiling). I felt the same about the white washed, just not quite right side by side. Trying to stain to match would have been tricky since the sunroom is cedar and the rest of the place is now pine. In the end, I decided to trust my gut and paint the ceilings. The result?! I am obsessed! It feels fresh, cottagey, beachy and clean. So far I've completed the bedrooms but I'm really happy with the results!

Wall colour: Garlic Bud by Beauti-Tone Paints, Home Hardware.  Link . Ceiling: White ceiling paint by Beauti-Tone Paints (primed with Beauti-Tone oil based primer to lock in the knots).

Wall colour: Garlic Bud by Beauti-Tone Paints, Home Hardware. Link.
Ceiling: White ceiling paint by Beauti-Tone Paints (primed with Beauti-Tone oil based primer to lock in the knots).

I've also primed and painted the sunroom walls and I can't believe the difference! My recommendation is to use Beauti-Tone's oil based primer when painting over pine or cedar, to help lock in those pesky knots. Over time, the knots will bleed through - it is almost unavoidable without coat after coat of primer, but I don't mind that - it all adds to the cottagey charm.
With the white walls, I feel like the angled ceiling is really a feature, as opposed to getting lost in a fully cedar room. Still lots to do in this room (take down fan, paint trim, hang new light, replace closer doors, move fridge style, etc.), but this will give you a good idea of how it's shaping up!. You can see the unpainted new pine ceilings to the left, and now they don't look nice next to the cedar, see what I mean about not looking good side by side?

Wall Colour: Here Comes the Bride by Beauti-Tone Paints, Home Hardware.  Link . Primed with primed with Beauti-Tone oil based primer to lock in the knots).

Wall Colour: Here Comes the Bride by Beauti-Tone Paints, Home Hardware. Link.
Primed with primed with Beauti-Tone oil based primer to lock in the knots).

So what do you guys think? Have I converted you to the plank side?

**This post was sponsored in part by Home Hardware and BeautiTone paints. All opinions are my own.