Restoring and installing old original reclaimed beadboard on our vaulted ceiling became another dream art project in our Little Pine Cottage!
Nate got the trailer ready to head over to our neighbor’s house to pick up some special gems! Pam was offering us beautiful reclaimed beadboard! It was the original beadboard from her historic house. It’s very sentimental and beautiful wood.
What a huge blessing for us to receive such a gift from a wonderful neighbor!
RESTORING AND CLEANING RECLAIMED BEADBOARD
It was time to restore and clean the gems of beadboard that we had acquired. Nate had a great system established for that at this point in our renovations.
He had piles of beadboard everywhere. Some that needed to be cleaned and ones on the ladder that were washed. And even ones in the garage from the day before. There were about 80 pieces in there. The majority was done, but he still had a ways to go. He kept telling himself that the longer it took him, the more wood he had and that was a good thing!
The end of the pile was finally coming down to the end. He still had quite a bit left, but was working on the small scrap pieces, which are still very valuable.
He scrubbed and rinsed each of the pieces of the beadboard. It’s like his normal reclaimed wood cleaning regimen. He cleaned the bottom of the board, sprayed it off, and sprayed the top as well.
There were all kinds of crazy paint colors on the reclaimed beadboard, but I thought at the time I really liked the classic look of white paint on them. Now that we actually have them up on our ceiling in all those old crazy colors, it seems to be an art project and looks pretty cool. Yet, I think Nate is determined to eventually paint them white.
Aside from the wood pile he was sorting through to clean, there were clean ones on the ladder. And there were also clean ones in the garage being dried with a large industrial fan! I couldn’t believe there was also more in the garage.
After they were dried, he was sorting and organizing them and wrapping them up in bundles. That way he could store them in similar sized bundles. There were so many piles in all different sizes. Wow, what an amazing organizational job he did! He wrapped them in two sections with a green plastic wrap. There was so much wood that it seemed like the bundling project would never stop!
SALVAGE YARD RECLAIMED UNIQUE THINGS
We took a trip to a local salvage yard that had so many reclaimed antique and vintage items of all sorts. It was incredible really. We were on the hunt for anything 1930’s related.
As we walked down an aisle full of old sinks, Nate pointed out a little 1930’s bathroom sink basin. There was another 1930’s style sink with the basin and pedestal and it was so short. I could’t imagine having to bend down to wash your hands that way. Of course, Nate had to make a joke that people were shorter back then!
It was fun to explore and see what was available locally to us!
LITTLE PINE COTTAGE MUSEUM
I think our little cottage could end up becoming a museum one day! Especially because we are filling it with a lot of salvaged and reclaimed materials locally from our neighbors. They are also in our heritage district.
Right now we currently have old reclaimed shiplap from one of our neighbor’s garage and reclaimed beadboard on our ceiling from another neighbor’s house! And all of this is not like the new shiplap or beadboard inspired by that modern farmhouse design. But these are actually old reclaimed wood from like back in the early 1900’s. They are also local to the houses right here in our neighborhood.
PREPPING VAULTED CEILING FOR BEADBOARD
This beadboard project took us back to our previously vaulted ceiling connecting the living room and kitchen. Nate worked on a DIY project months before this and hung drywall on it by himself. Now he was able to revisit it and add a splash of beadboard to this next art project in our house.
Since the beadboard was all cleaned and restored and finally dried out, he was ready to make use of it and put it on the ceiling. But, he needed to do some prep work on it first.
He started out by making a chalk line in between the screws in the drywall from the peak of the vaulted ceiling sloping down. This was so that he could mark lines that would later help him when he installed the beadboard. The screws helped him to know where the center of the framing was.
Then he mudded and taped the cracks in the drywall, but would not have to sand since the beadboard would be placed on top of it. He would just need to fill in the cracks and also mud and tape the lines.
Nate’s dad did drywall when he was a kid so growing up he used to go to work with him and he learned quite a bit. He forgot a lot of it because it was so long, but it was starting to come back as he was working on these drywall projects.
To press the mud into the drywall more firmly, he used a special corner drywall knife. It has a corner angle to it. Then he went through it to wipe it down with a putty knife.
This is just the start of this project and we will be sharing more of the final project soon!
Restoring and installing old original reclaimed beadboard on our vaulted ceiling was an exciting way to preserve a bit of our neighborhood history.
2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
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