Easy & Affordable Ways to Add Character to A Builder Grade Home- Part 2: Ceilings & Light Fixtures
When adding character in your home, the top is a great place to start. Getting rid of popcorn or textured ceilings is a tedious project but, in the end, will make a huge difference.
Not only are popcorn ceilings dated and distracting, they are hard to maintain, and can potentially be dangerous.
- If there is ceiling damage, repairs can be very difficult.
- Popcorn ceilings are extremely hard to paint.
- Many times popcorn ceilings contain asbestos.
Remove Popcorn Ceilings
- HOW TO REMOVE POPCORN CEILINGS IN 30 MINUTES
Tips and tricks to easily remove popcorn ceilings in 30 minutes, plus tips on how to avoid damaging existing drywall and how to set up for easy cleanup.
Beadboard or Plank Ceilings
Plank ceilings, beadboard, tongue and groove... OH MY! There are a few different choices when creating this look. Some are easier than others, some are more expensive, but all add instant character. With this technique you can also kill two birds with one stone. Rather than scrape the texture from ceiling, cover it up.
Research all three to find out what will work best for you and your budget.
Tongue & Groove
DIY Tongue & Groove Ceilings
- Kitchen Chronicles: DIY Tongue and Groove Plank Ceiling - Jenna Sue Design Blog
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DIY Plank Ceilings
DIY Beadboard Ceiling
- DIY Beadboard Ceiling
Cover your textured ceiling with an easy and inexpensive DIY Beadboard Ceiling treatment.
Coffered ceilings are another elegant way to create some character detail in an otherwise non-descript home. While the DIY version may not be easy, it is certainly effective, and in the end will be well worth the work.
DIY Coffered Ceilings
Installing Wood Beams
Woods beams add a sense of coziness and comfort to a home. Faux beams are fairly simple to install and can be found for decent prices at many big box home stores.
DIY Faux Wood Beams
- How to Install Faux Wood Beams | Beam Me Up Scottie!
Faux wood beams are affordable and STUNNING! Come learn how to install faux wood beams with this full tutorial!
Replacing light fixtures is another quick and inexpensive fix that will add a lot of drama to builder grade ceilings. The cheap ones that builders install are often boring and lack character.
For a few bucks more, nice fixtures can be found that won't break the bank.
Sometimes a quick facelift can make a world of difference!
If new light fixtures are just not in the budget, then look into giving current lighting a makeover. A coat of spray paint and new Edison bulbs can turn an outdated fixture into a modern statement piece.
How to Makeover Light Fixtures
- How to Modernize a Traditional Brass Chandelier | Kitchen Ideas & Design with Cabinets, Islands,
Update and modernize your old, brass chandelier with these step-by-step instructions from HGTV.com.