I will be painting my planked ceiling bright white (much to wood purists’ dismay) but will share my filling, priming, and painting tips later. There are a few good tutorials out there already for installing wood planked ceilings, or tongue and groove ceilings, like this one from Jenna Sue Design and this one from Sawdust Girl.But our kitchen had a few constraints which meant I needed to use different materials and a different approach. I was installing on top of our plaster ceiling so didn’t want to add a lot more weight to the already heavy lath and plaster. So now I’m finally sharing how to install a wood planked ceiling all on your own.Yes, I’m talking a one-person planked ceiling install – the stuff young girls’ DIY dreams are made of (sprinkled with only a few splinters and pulled muscles along the way).Ultimately, I chose these pine boards from Lowes which are a little over 3″ wide, 5/16″ thick, and 8′ long.
Mask the ceiling and baseboards at the top and bottom of the paneling, and any molding you don't want to paint.
If the paneling is the thin plywood variety that was popular in the 1970s, you have a few more options: You’d be surprised how far a nice, light paint color can go in updating the look of wall paneling.
If your paneling flexes or gives when you push on it, painting is probably your only solution, since filling the grooves will tend to pop loose over time.
Gouges, holes and other blemishes in the paneling may be filled with wood-filler and sanded smooth prior to priming and painting, but the grooves of your tongue-and-groove paneling do not require filling.
Wood shrinks and expands with the changing humidity levels each season.