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DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling – Faux Shiplap Install

I am LOVING how beautiful this DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Install turned out. Here’s the steps for this budget-friendly Faux Shiplap.

DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling

I have been a big fan of all of the Faux Shiplap DIY’s I’ve been seeing lately. It can turn out really pretty, if you know how to do it.

I thought about using that plywood shiplap on the ceiling in our Master Bathroom.

But, my heart was really set on the v-groove panel I’ve used in my Powder Room Makeover and my Colorful Modern Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover.

Unfortunately, they don’t sell those awesome 4′ x 8′ MDF panels anymore. So, I had to switch up the plan and make my own.

I started out thinking I’d buy 1/4″ MDF 4x8 sheets. Then I’d route a v-groove into it myself. But, MDF is a bit heavy.

I was afraid I’d go through all the effort only to have the boards rip at those lines when I tried to glue and nail it onto the ceiling.

This DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Install is a pretty cross between shiplap and v-groove panels. Here's what it cost with the build steps and how-to video.
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So, after giving it some more thought, I decided to make my own plywood shiplap planks by cutting plywood strips.

BUT, I decided to butt the plywood planks next to each other, without the gaps that people normally use for faux shiplap. Then I painted all of those plywood planks on the ceiling.

I wanted a look that was a cross between shiplap and that v-groove panel I used in the past. But the look still needed a few tweaks.

Should You Use Caulk on Faux Plywood Shiplap

After looking at that DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling for a few days, I wasn’t a huge fan of the lines between the plywood planks.

So, I caulked the gaps and painted again. Now, I LOVE THIS ceiling so much, guys!

The lines are subtle but add great texture and interest to the ceiling. You can see the full install steps below.

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You can see the subtle difference the gap between the plywood planks makes. But, I really like it so much more with the caulk. This picture was taken before I painted over the caulk.

The goal of this faux shiplap ceiling makeover was to hide the weird angles on this master bathroom ceiling so that the new bathroom remodel could shine.

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I have to say, after 2 months of living with this plywood plank ceiling makeover, it totally worked!

The bathroom tile and fixtures are the star of this master bathroom now. And, the ceiling makeover is just a subtle cherry on top of that bathroom.

Let’s talk about how much this ceiling makeover cost.

This DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Install is a pretty cross between shiplap and v-groove panels. Here's what it cost with the build steps and how-to video.
I love this light with the new Faux Shiplap Style DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling. You can find the final reveal of the Master Bathroom Makeover here.

Cost of Making Plywood Planks

Before getting into the DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling install steps, lets talk about the cost and extra time that goes with making your own planks from 1/4″ plywood.

Lumber prices will vary in different locations, during different times of year, and during high demand times. Based on local pricing at Lowe’s and Home Depot, I can buy a 4x8 sheet of 1/4″ plywood for about $26.

If I bought the 8′ long primed shiplap to cover that same area, it would have cost $54. And, 8′ long pine tongue and groove to cover that area would have been $72.

So, the plywood I used is 50% cheaper than the primed shiplap and 65% cheaper than the Pine T&G. That can add up to a huge savings on large projects.

The total ceiling makeover costs for our Master Bathroom was about $130 for just the plywood, since I used 5 sheets.

That’s a $230 savings off the pine tongue and groove that I originally wanted to use.

Another Reason I Used 1/4″ Plywood Planks

But, the truth is, it wasn’t really the cheaper cost of making DIY Plywood Planks that sold me on this project.

I went with plywood on this project mainly because of all the weird angles on this vaulted bathroom ceiling. The thinner material made accounting for those angles and trimming them out easier on me.

I HIGHLY recommend getting exact measurements and drawing out a diagram of your space before deciding which material to use on your ceiling or wall.

Drawing a diagram will make it easier to figure out exactly how much plywood you need so you can calculate the cost of a DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling for your room.

If you want to see how to make a diagram for your project, you can see examples of ceiling diagrams that I drew in my Simple DIY Low Profile Coffered Ceiling and my DIY Wood Panel Vaulted Ceiling Makeover posts.

Look at all of these weird angles on this vaulted ceiling.

Materials Needed for this Ceiling Makeover

Watch this DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Video

Watch this video for a better look at that ceiling.

Should you Make DIY Shiplap from Plywood - Costs and Install Steps

How to Make Faux Shiplap Plywood Panels

Step One

Start by cutting the plywood into strips. I cut 8′ long 5 3/4″ strips to leave the smallest amount of unused material possible.

I cut mine on my table saw, but you could set up your circular saw with a straight edge cutting guide too.

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Step Two

Sand the face side and cut edges of the strips, nice and smooth. I used 120 grit sandpaper. I also like to do the first coat of paint before hanging the plywood.

It just makes life a little easier. You can see me going through these DIY Plywood Plank install steps in the video above.

Step Three

To hang the strips on the ceiling, I measured the length I needed, then cut them with my Miter Saw.

I glued and brad nailed them in place WITHOUT leaving any gaps between the strips. Only because I preferred that look here.

Do this to the whole ceiling or area. I kind of have 4 areas because of the vault in my ceiling.

Side note, the construction adhesive holds the planks in place long term. The brad nails just hold the planks tight to the ceiling while the adhesive dries.

I love this DIY 1/4" Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation. It's more subtle than faux shiplap since the lines are caulked. But so pretty! #AbbottsAtHome #Ceiling #Planks #PlankCeiling #FauxShiplap
Before adding the trim. You can see all the wood filler I used here.

Step Four

Then frame the ceiling or area you’re planking with whatever trim you like. I used 1x3’s around the edges and some smaller trim molding pieces between the flat and vaulted sections of my ceiling.

Use adhesive and a brad nailer for this part of the DIY Plywood Plank install too.

I love this DIY 1/4" Plywood Plank Ceiling Installation. It's more subtle than faux shiplap since the lines are caulked. But so pretty! #AbbottsAtHome #Ceiling #Planks #PlankCeiling #FauxShiplap

Step Five

Now, it’s all about making things pretty. Use wood filler on all of the nail holes. Once dry, sand those smooth. Then use caulk between each Faux Shiplap Plywood Plank.

Caulk where the trim meets the wall and the trim meets the plank too. If you’re new to DIY wood trim check out this post for tips on where to use caulk or wood filler on wood trim.

Step Six

Finish with 2 or 3 coats of a good paint. I used Behr’s Polished Pearl in Eggshell on this Ceiling Panel Makeover. It’s the color of all the trim in my house.

Here’s a look at the ceiling after I added the new Pottery Barn light fixture. I got that thing on a huge closeout discount. I can’t believe they discontinued it. I LOVE it.
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You can find out about the tile I installed and my tiling tips in this post.
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Those bathroom vanities are 20 years old and were really dingy and chipped up when this remodel started. I’ve got all the DIY details for that blue chalk paint makeover and the garbage cans I built into the cabinet door here.
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This DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Install is a pretty cross between shiplap and v-groove panels. Here's what it cost with the build steps and how-to video.

Well, that’s it for this DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Install. If you’re looking for more home remodeling inspo check out my remodeling videos here, on my YouTube channel. 🙂

See More DIY Projects from this Master Bathroom Remodel

UPDATE: The Master Bathroom is finished. Check out the finished Bathroom or any of these DIY projects from the remodel.

Other DIY Projects You Might Like

You might also like this DIY Pine Tongue and Groove Porch Ceiling Makeover.

Modern Farmhouse DIY Pine Tongue and Groove Ceiling Tutorial that will turn your porch into that beautiful, charming spot you've always wanted. For most porches, you can have these wood planks installed in a weekend, guys! #AbbottsAtHome #PlankCeiling #PorchCeiling #TongueAndGroove

Or this Simple DIY Low Profile Coffered Ceiling Makeover.

Try this Simple DIY Coffered Ceiling Design I used to give my Dining Room ceiling a beautiful new look. Includes lots of pictures and a how to video. DIY Ceiling Design Ideas. DIY Ceiling Makeover Ideas.
What do you think? Did this coffered ceiling makeover add charm, style, and value this room?

I also love this post on the Best Paint Sheen on Ceilings: Eggshell or Flat.

5 before & after examples from my home of the best paint sheen on ceilings. Throw out those old painting rules to get a more beautiful room. Eggshell vs flat paint sheen on ceilings.

Or, this Beautiful DIY Vaulted Ceiling Makeover in our Master Bedroom.

Here's a peek at the rooms I've never really shown you. And, the story behind why I haven't done their room reveals yet. A couple just need a few finishing touches. Like our master bedroom. But, they're all full of Traditional Home Room Makeover Ideas. #AbbottsAtHome #MasterBedroom #BedroomIdeas #FarmhouseStyle #TraditionalHome #MasterBedroomIdeas #VaultedCeiling

You should also see our recent Before and After Family Room Makeover On A Budget!

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Feeling inspired? Now you know how I did my DIY Plywood Plank Ceiling Install. Let me know if you have questions.

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