August 9, 2022

How to Build a Coffered Ceiling | This Old House

Contributor Chris Beidel, owner of Pernt [], a handmade-furniture company in Brooklyn, NY, walks you through this ceiling beautification project. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)

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About $230
2 days
Moderate. Working overhead makes the job more challenging

Shopping List for How to Build a Coffered Ceiling:
– 1×6 primed finger-jointed pine. Get six 16-footers
– Cove-profile shoe molding
– Panel adhesive
– 2-inch 16-gauge pneumatic nails
– 1 inch 18-gauge pneumatic brads
– Wood shims
– Wood glue
– Wood putty
– Latex caulk
– Semigloss paint

Tools for How to Build a Coffered Ceiling:
– Measuring tape
– Painter’s tape
– Stud finder
– 1/8-inch drill bit
– Drill/driver
– Miter saw
– Pneumatic nailers (16 gauge and 18 gauge)
– Chalk line with nonstaining chalk
– Rafter square
– Putty knife
– Caulk gun
– 2 1/2-inch sash brush
– Small paint roller

If youโ€™d like to add dimension and character to a plain room, nothing beats the traditional look of a coffered ceiling, with its grid of bold beams. Constructing coffers on your own may seem daunting, but weโ€™ll show you how even the average DIYer can create this hallmark old-house feature. The secret is our low-profile coffer design, which greatly simplifies the task of working overhead because youโ€™re installing flat boards and molding rather than assembling box beams.

Primed lumber: WindsorONE+ [] 1×6 finger-jointed pine, $1.35 per linear foot

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