Build It: Reclaimed Wood Ceiling

After our visit to "Old Texas Wood"- we came home with a trailer full of reclaimed wood. The goal: to put it on our patio ceiling. I found a great post about a guy who did something similar with pallet wood and of course Pinterest provided lots of visual inspiration.

Jeff began by setting out the wood on the garage floor according to the size of our actual patio ceiling (kind of like a puzzle). Some of the boards were shortened for aesthetics and because it made them easier to hang. He sanded them a bit to remove some of the rough spots. When putting the 'puzzle' together- we considered wood color and the details of the boards. Once it looked 'just right' he numbered them boards with chalk so he would know where each piece belonged.

That weekend, he went to work. (Have I told you how grateful I am to have a handyman in my home?!!)

Using a nail gun, he tacked the boards directly into the plywood ceiling. He used 1.5 inch nails, we didn't want anything falling down! He cut a hole for the electrical outlet.

We decided to leave the wood unfinished. If it starts to discolor with age and we don't like how it looks, we can always go back and stain and seal it. Personally I think any aging will just add to the 'industrial chic' feeling.

And just yesterday, my new chandelier from Pottery Barn arrived! Jeff is in the process of hanging it-- and I am totally in-love with it! It is UL-Damp rated so it safe to hang on a covered patio.

I think it adds a 'feminine' touch to our rustic tin accent wall and the reclaimed wood ceiling.

See our Tin Accent Wall here

I have a few other projects that we did in the backyard that I still want to share with you. ("Tips for Painting Patio Furniture" and "How to Properly Mason an Outdoor Fireplace"). I will mix those in with some fun summer craft project posts over the next few weeks- so be sure to come on back!

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