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11.23.11 / Tongue and Groovy

A friend let us in on one of Cincy’s home improvement secrets. It’s called Home Emporium and they sell all kinds of things for home projects and decor. The inventory comes from closeouts and liquidations and then the savings are passed onto customers. We decided to check ‘em out and Handy Hubby called before we visited to ask if they had any pine tongue and groove in stock. They did! So we borrowed our new neighbor’s trailer and hitched it up to our SUV in case we decided to purchase the tongue and groove for the Underdog’s vaulted ceiling. {We decided to finish the ceiling in the great room with tongue and groove versus sheetrock.}

{HH doing one last calculation to double check we bought enough tongue and groove}

Bringing the trailer ended up being a good idea because we did end up buying unfinished pine tongue and groove in various lengths. An employee helped HH pick through the pile of pine lengths, passing on boards that were warped or damaged. At 49¢/linear foot, we spent $700-$800 on the ceiling boards for our 25’x25′ great room. There are less expensive options of bead board available that we considered but they were much thinner and flimsier than the 5/8″ thick sturdy boards we brought home. We were worried that the thinner versions may wave or warp over time.

We unloaded the pine boards at the Underdog and wrapped them in plastic while the drywall was going up and getting finished. The plastic tarps did a good job of keeping the boards dust-free. This past weekend, with the drywall work complete, HH and his dad unwrapped the boards and got to work installing them on the vaulted ceiling.

{grooved side of the pine boards}

At first, I thought I wanted the grooved side of the boards facing out. But after looking at a bunch of tongue and groove ceilings online, I realized that I preferred the wider plank look…so HH faced the smooth side of the boards.

The wider planks look less busy than the grooved bead board side of the tongue and groove. I love them! After a full day’s work, HH and his dad got one side of the great room’s ceiling hung.

 {HH rented the scaffolding}

The next day, with his neck and back aching from twisting his body into peculiar positions while hanging the plank ceiling, HH framed out the skylights on the other side of the great room ceiling. There aren’t any boards hung on that side of the ceiling yet but we’re already enamored with the aesthetic of the tongue and groove ceiling. While I do like the look of unfinished pine, I’m still thinking it will get primed and painted to mix better with that simple, clean and airy feel we’re going for.

That’s the latest and greatest at the Underdog. We’ve been anxiously awaiting this phase {finishing and installation} of the renovation, but it looks like things may be slow going for a few weeks while HH’s real job pulls him away with lots of traveling over the next several weeks. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed about being a single, prego mom for such a long period of time. Kudos to all those moms out there that do it everyday, day in and day out…whether you’re single or your spouse works away from home for extended periods of time. I don’t know how you do it!

On a lighter note, we came across a few other finds at Home Emporium. Along with home improvement supplies {tile, cabinetry, flooring, lighting, fixtures, etc.} the store also had a great selection of furniture, rugs and accessories. Other than the tongue and groove, we also purchased these items…

HH picked out the wooden bowl and I found an affordable alternative to the bullrush basket I featured in the kids’ bathroom mood board. $375 was a ridiculous amount of money for us to spend on a basket, but $17?…yes, please! I think it’ll come in handy in the kids’ bathroom for dirty towels and clothes. I also picked up a pair of faux bull horns for $40. I eyed similar real ones at a local upscale design boutique a few weeks ago but they were outta my price range at nearly $200 a piece. Yikes! So happy to have found similar faux ones for much cheaper. I think I’ll probably end up painting the square mounting blocks white or gray to give them a lighter feel.

So what do you think? Like the ceiling progress? Would you leave it unfinished or paint it?

FYI – I was not compensated in any way to mention Home Emporium. I just love sharing good shopping spots!

images: all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

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53 Comments

23.November.2011

Is it worth a trip from Columbus?!? Can’t wait to see the finished ceiling.

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replied on November 27th, 2011

Kacey – Home Emporium’s inventory turns over quickly, so if there is something particular you are looking for I’d call a few days ahead to see if it’s something they have in stock…we did this for the tongue and groove. I saw a coffee table there that I liked but wanted to check measurements at the the Underdog first and give it some time in my head to see if it’s what I really wanted. They had several of the tables in stock the day we were there but two weeks later when I finally decided it was THE table, I called to check the inventory and it was gone. All of them. Boo.

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23.November.2011

I would paint everything if I could. I say go for painting the ceiling. Love it by the way.

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23.November.2011

The ceiling looks fab !! I like it the way you chose to nail the t&g, with the smooth side out, and I would definitely paint it ! The natural look would not match the dark wood you chose for the floors, it would look kinda funny. Besides, white is more on the industrial side of the style you want to give your house, I think …
Anyway, that’s a huge step done ! Did you get your hands dirty whith paint last weekend as you announced you would do ? Are you happy with the result ?
And as far as your being-alone-pregnant-with-2-kids situation is concerned, my advice is : take it one day at a time, think of mood boards for every single room of your house, get your hands on easy stuff and rest because Xmas is one — ONE !!! — month away … and then, April will be right there, if you see what I mean …
Take care !

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23.November.2011

I would leave the ceiling as is. I love the natural finish and it’s still light and airy.

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23.November.2011

I would not paint the ceiling. I think the natural wood is light and airy feeling. Its slight rustic and soft look will be a good counterbalance for the more modern/industrial/masculine look you are going for. I did a little Googleing and thought this image was beautiful (sorry I don’t know how to make it clickable) http://www.oerindesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/wood-ceiling-floor-and-furniture-add-the-natural-atmosphere-in-the-livingroom.jpg

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replied on November 27th, 2011

Kat – That is one warm, modern room! Looks great.

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23.November.2011

Wow, I love this!! I definitely agree with using the un-groovy side of the planks. And personally, I would leave it looking more natural, but it is certainly a personal preference. The great room is starting to look amazing!! HH is doing a great job.

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23.November.2011

FIrst of all, you and your hubby are amazing for doing all of this work on your own! Kudos to both of you! Secondly, the vaulted ceiling with tongue and groove makes my heart skip a beat … great choices! And finally, I would paint the pine a glossy white or gray. I think it would give an extra lightness to the room and draw a little bit of attention to your fabulous work, but not so much that it takes away from everything else. Whatever you decide, good luck as you get close to the finish line … you’re almost there!

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23.November.2011

I love the idea of leaving it, but the color might be tough to work with. What about pickling? I love it because it maintains the grain and knots, but augments the color to a more modern feel. The color would definately work better if you’re considering a cooler palette. Here’s a great image of finished pickled pine: http://leathercraft-furniture.com/images/products/wood_finishes/20-Pickled-Pine.jpg

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23.November.2011

I am doing a similar project, can you tell me what insulation you used in between the joists? I am assuming that those are non vented closed areas?

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23.November.2011

The ceiling is looking sooo great! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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23.November.2011

Wow! It’s looking great!

If that was my ceiling, I’d whitewash it.

But you do what you want. I know it will be fabulous!

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23.November.2011

what about white-washing it like Sarah Richardson does in her summer house?

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23.November.2011

Wow, you guys are so impressive for doing all of this on your own! It’s going to pay off big time.

I would definitely paint or whitewash the ceiling. I really like the unfinished look as well, but I don’t think it would fit the style of the rest of the house very well.

It’s going to look so great when it’s all done! Bummer about the delays and time away from HH though. So it goes.

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23.November.2011

OOO. It looks good! I can’t wait to see the finished product. I would personally leave it as is, but I guess it would depend on what kind of look you were going for.

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23.November.2011

Love the ceiling! I say paint it… I don’t know if it’s the look you’re going for, but I love the look of a glossy white painted ceiling (and all the light it reflects). This one is by Urban Grace and I love it’s simplicity. http://urbangraceinteriorsinc.com/#galleries/our%20work/portfolio/30

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replied on November 27th, 2011

Erin – I have drooled over that Urban Grace room more than once! Love Erika! I’m definitely leaning towards painting it white…no stain or whitewash.

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23.November.2011

If you want it lighter, I’d use a whitewash type stain, not paint. The woodgrain (even if subtle will give another texture to the space. But then, as the owner of a Craftsman Bungalow, I’m all about the woodgrain LOL.

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23.November.2011

I was going to say paint it and then I clicked on the link Erin mentioned and after looking at that ceiling I haven’t changed my mind! Paint, paint, paint! Here in New Zealand we have houses called Lockwood homes and although they’ve changed somewhat in the last 10 years or so, their interiors were all wood – ceilings, walls, you name it and being in one of them was quite claustrophobic – put me off wooden ceilings for life! Exposed wooden surfaces are for floors and benches ………….

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23.November.2011

P.S. love the tusks!

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23.November.2011

Unfinished. Or even stained and varnished. My heart cries when I see gorgeous wood covered in paint. We used tongue-and-groove on our wrap-around porch and I ended up staining and varnishing it instead of porch paint. It is so, so gorgeous! Light and airy.

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23.November.2011

As a fellow Ranch-dweller, I applaud your efforts! Things are looking fantastic. I hate to ask, because you two seem very on top of the entire remodeling thing, but did your HH put roof baffling between the rafters and the insulation? We nearly had an issue one time with a remodel we did where someone (not naming names!) forgot to put it in and the ceiling actually SWEATED through the insulation. We thought it was a leak until we figured it out. Fortunately, it was before dry-wall was hung but ever since then I am sure to bring it up when people mention ceiling remodels. Have a good turkey day!

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23.November.2011

Wow, you are really making progress! I’d agree with most of the comments saying to paint it light. I think it would go better with the look you seem to be going for.

Good luck on your own! You can do it :-)

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I would leave the ceiling as is. If you don’t like it, you can always paint it, but it will be much more difficult to reverse. Love the progress! I’m sure it feels great to be at the building phase. I felt the same relief with our kitchen. I can’t imagine how you feel with the whole house to rebuild. You’re handling it wonderfully.

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23.November.2011

Don’t paint! That pine is gorgeous, and I think no matter your color scheme it will add warmth and character to your house for years. I think that painting it would somehow make it less special. My two cents :)

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23.November.2011

I love Home Emporium!!! There is one in Mobile, AL (a little over an hour from me) and it is great! I got some pillow cases there that were made like some at Pottery Barn that were at least half the price. Great progress on the house.

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23.November.2011

Paint it white.

I am one of those moms (of 5) with a hubby who travels frequently. People always say “I don’t know HOW you do it” which I’ve discovered is code for “Thank goodness I don’t have to do it.”:-)

Enjoy your break from the Underdog and a cozy, apartment Christmas with your family of 4. Craziness will reign soon enough. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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i LOVE the “finds” you got!
the ceiling will awesome – but i think a tinted wash of some sort would look good.
depending on what the final color is for the walls… you could go with a tab lighter, sort of a “pickling” look. then the woodgrain would show but you’d get a lighter feel w/o your eye being distracted…

but that’s just my opinion – i can tell that what ever you end up doing will look great, so congrats on the baby-to-be! :)

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23.November.2011

We have natural sealed t & g in our bathroom and in our vinegary building. I LOVE the look of the natural wood. But that is personal taste, and it depends the rest of your room design. The bathroom ceiling has been up quite a while, and it has darkened a little with age. It could be the sealer we used. I still like it, but it looks a little more vintage. The vinegary is still pretty new so I haven’t noticed any change in color. (You can see pictures on our website of the construction of our straw bale building. georgepaulvinegar.com) Whether you leave it natural, whitewash it, or paint it, I’m sure it will be beautiful. I am so enjoying following your remodeling process! What an undertaking to do most of it yourself!

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Ooooo it looks so good! I love that you went with the wide plank I think that was a great call. Have you thought about whitewashing the pine as opposed to painting it. That way you would see some of the wood charactersitics. I worry that in painting it out you could lose the effect of the tongue and groove. Looks like you guys stumbled upon a treasure trove as far as Home Emporium is concerned…Hope all goes well with HH away.
Happy Wednesday!

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23.November.2011

I LOVE how the ceiling is turning out!!! I’m so torn with the ceiling. It’s gorgeous all natural, but I also like the painted look. I wouldn’t make a decision yet. Wait until it’s all done and maybe get more stuff into the house before making a decision. Look for inspiration. Either way it’s still light and airy. You will make the right choice in the end! Have a great Thanksgiving!!! :)

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23.November.2011

I would white wash the ceiling so that you don’t lose the grain of the wood and detail of the wide planks but also so that it blends into your light and airy feeling that you want for the Underdog.

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23.November.2011

- Hi, Carrie!
Yes, you’re absolutely right to question how we insulated the roof deck without ventilation. With fiberglass batt insulation you need a ventilation space between the insulation and the roof boards so that any condesation can evaporate (else you wind up with the issues you mentioned). A lot of folks think the ventilation is necessary to keep the roof cool, but it’s primary purpose is for evaporation.

We spray foamed our roof deck instead of installing batt insulation. In this case, you can do away with the ventilation space because the foam forms a true “thermal break” between the temperature of your roof and the temperature of your room. Think of how you don’t ever see condensation on the outside of a styrofoam cup. Same principle. We chose foam for it’s premium insulating capabilities AND because with 2×6 rafters we would have never had the space for adequate batt insulation and ventilation space.

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23.November.2011

You got a great deal on that basket and it really is close to the one on your mood board. I also love the ceiling! It looks great, whether you decide to paint it or not.

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The ceiling looks great…The underdog is really coming along great!!!

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23.November.2011

The tongue and groove ceiling is going to be gorgeous! Can’t wait to see how it looks all finished1

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23.November.2011

Looks Awesome! I’d paint it. I am intrigued by the white washing suggestions but that may look a bit too ‘country’.

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23.November.2011

Amazing! I love the ceiling! What about white washing it? It would give the illusion of actual paint but with a little lighter and still retaining the wood feel. Love your other goodies! Don’t you just love a good store like that? Wish we had one nearby!

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23.November.2011

I love the ceiling! We’ll be doing something similar in a few years to our mid-century modern. I prefer the finished wood for the more modern feel. Plus, I keep coming back to the idea that it’s easier to paint over stained wood than to strip paint off if I change my mind!

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24.November.2011

I vote for painting it! Like you said, I think that will fit the look you’re going for and for some reason I feel like it will stand the test of time better (I can see myself liking the pine at first, but later wishing I’d painted it…and who wants to paint a ceiling after you’ve moved all your furniture in?!).

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24.November.2011

My husband and I bought a house a year ago with an exposed poplar ceiling. It has a natural stain and seal on it. I love a beautiful whitewash on a ceiling (see Sarah Richardson’s cottage for that look), but the way our ceilings are treated is gorgeous. Everyone who comes over comments on how beautiful it is. It adds tons of warmth and character.

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24.November.2011

Have you considered a white wash on the pine? It would lighten up the boards but you would still get some of the warmth from the wood grain that can be lost with a thicker coat of paint. Sarah Richardson did this in her cottage episode, which, as you can imagine, featured a lot of pine, and it looked so great.

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25.November.2011

I think the ceiling will look good either way — so it’s kind of win, win — but in the end I think I would paint it white for a beachy, homey feel. If you ever need help deciding something else, I’d love to feature you on The Waffler.

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25.November.2011

I’m sooo indecisive with everything I do. I’m the person who can’t even name my kids until after they’re born. I’d probably end up leaving the ceiling natural until the rest of the house was done and stare at it for a while and then decide, after I saw it with the completed walls, furnishings, etc. I think it would look great both ways.

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25.November.2011

I would whitewash it! If you decide to paint it, it might make it easier on your neck/back to put a coat of paint on the remaining boards before you throw them up there.

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26.November.2011

I’m sure it will be gorgeous white, but I love the look of that unfinished pine! Exciting to see everything coming together on The Underdog!

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27.November.2011

Oo! It is looking so good! Can’t wait to see it all painted out (though I don’t envy that job.. :) Thanks for the heads up on the Home Emporium, I’ll have to check it out!

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27.November.2011

It looks great! I vote to paint it.

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28.November.2011

Holy GORGEOUS!! I am loving seeing your home come together and that plank ceiling is no exception. So beautiful. Glad you had a fabulous holiday!!

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29.November.2011

Re: the insulation – Whew! Glad to hear it and thanks for the extra info about the spray foam stuff. Did not know that!

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29.November.2011

I live about 10 minutes from Home Emporium and love it!!! Glad it worked out for you!

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30.November.2011

thanks for this post! i’m originally from cincy (live in chicago now) and we go back to visit my family quite often. can’t wait to check out home emporium!!

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