Carport + Patio


Planking the Ceiling / 7th House on the Left

As we mentioned in this post, we’re currently tackling the carport and turning it into a covered patio / outdoor living area. We have a ton of projects up our sleeves, including giving the floor a face lift, adding a comfy conversation area, and hanging some huge outdoor wall art. Before we get to that, though, we have got to cover the yellowing, peeling ceiling.

Carport Before / 7th House on the Left

Over the past few weeks, we’ve gone back and forth between painting or planking the carport ceiling. Painting would be cheaper, not to mention faster, while planking the ceiling would be more expensive and take a lot longer. If we were making a decision solely based on price, difficulty and turnaround time, painting would no doubt be the answer. When it’s all said and done, though, planking the ceiling would give the space an instant coziness factor, and it would make a much larger statement than just a coat of paint. So even though the road to completion is going to be a bit longer and harder, we’ve decided to plank the carport ceiling.

For inspiration, we turned to Pinterest. Here are a few photos we found during our search…

Plank Inspiration | 7th House on the Left

1 // Even though this space is a lot more modern than ours will be, this photo pretty much sealed the deal for us when it came to making a decision on whether or not to plank the ceiling. I don’t really know what it is about the space – maybe the fact that it has two open sides like our carport – but as soon as I saw it, I thought, “Yeah, we’re totally doing a planked ceiling!”. 2 // Granted, our carport isn’t as grand as this covered patio, but we love how the planks add instant warmth and coziness to the space. 3 // We love the color and the variations of the planks in this inspiration photo. With our space being a lot smaller than this, we’re thinking it would look better to have a little less contrast than this, but still have some variation between planks if possible. We’re hoping to achieve this look by staining some of the planks a bit lighter than others and hanging them in a random pattern.

Planking the Ceiling / 7th House on the Left

Okay, so now for the wood. This is where our grand plan of having a planked ceiling started looking more and more difficult. We simply couldn’t figure out what type of wood would be best for this project. It needed to be affordable, light enough to hang on the ceiling, easy to hang (since we want to get this finished before it gets way too hot outside) and good-looking. Having all these things line up at the same time proved to be difficult, but here’s how the process went down…

Option 1 // We started out by pricing out regular wood boards at Lowe’s and Home Depot. This option totaled a bit over $500 for just the wood, and every board we found that was the right width was too thick and heavy to hang on the ceiling.

Option 2 // The next idea was pallet wood. We love the look of the pallet wood walls we’ve seen on blogs lately (especially Cape27’s living room pallet wall). We calculated that in order to cover the entire carport ceiling (which is about 18’x19′) we would need 30 pallets. That’s a lot of pallets. The wood was the right width and thickness, though. We just needed to find a way to get the pallets to our house so we could start taking them apart. We actually even started collecting pallets, but we realized this wouldn’t be the smartest choice when it came to timeliness. Work smarter not harder, right?

Option 3 // During some frantic Googling, I came across Thrifty Decor Chick’s wood plank wall. She used packs of ready-to-stain 4″x8′ tongue and groove planks (similar to these). They’re usually used for typical-looking wall paneling, but they look great stained and hung horizontally on the wall. To get the job done, we figured that we’d need 25 packs of planks (each pack comes with 5 planks). In order to get that many packs, we’d have to special order them from Lowe’s and have them delivered to the store. This option would total to around $371.50 plus tax (again, just for the wood). The tongue and groove feature would make it really easy to install, as well. We were just about to pull the trigger and order the 25 packs of planks, but we realized we’d really like the planks to be wider than 4″ for the look we’re going for. So, moving on to the next idea…

Option 4 // Keeping in mind that thickness mattered, a friend of ours suggested fence boards. Hello! Why didn’t we think of this?! They’re about 1/4″ thick, 6″ wide and 12′ long. We went to Lowe’s to check on pricing, and they offered fence boards for $8.50 a board. We’d need 62 boards, so that would total to around $527. Hoping to get a better price, we even asked them if they had any damaged or weathered ones sitting in the back that they couldn’t sell otherwise. No dice.

Option 5 // Determined to get a better price, we went home and searched “fence boards” on Craigslist. Only a few listings came up, but I called the phone number on the listing that caught my eye and talked to an ultra-nice guy named Gregg. I explained our project to him so he’d get a good idea of what we needed, and after a minute or two of calculations, he quoted us $3.50 for each 6″x12′ oak boards, plus $60 for delivery. That’s a total of $277 with delivery! We didn’t even think about how we’d get these boards to the house! I asked him if I could call him back in a few minutes to talk it over with Greg. I ran the specs and price by him and his immediate reaction was, “Um, yes!” Done deal. I called him back, and the lumber is being delivered this weekend. Now we can breathe. Ahhh…

Plank Ceiling Placement / 7th House on the Left

Update: Since we just started removing sheetrock, we realized the support beams actually go the opposite way. No biggie though. All that means is that the planks will be going the other way.

Once the lumber arrives this weekend, here’s what the rest of our to do list for the ceiling looks like…

  • Measure the ceiling
  • Buy the lumber
  • Remove trim
  • Remove light fixtures and repair the boxes
  • Add receptacle in the ceiling for patio lights
  • Cut boards to needed lengths
  • Stain boards
  • Rent nail gun
  • Chalk support beam placement
  • Hang boards
  • Hang new light fixtures
  • Add finishing trim

As soon as we’re done with these tasks, we’re moving right on to the floor, then quickly onto decorating and finishing touches (finally!). We’re really excited to get this project done. We’ll be one step closer to having a cozy and fun outdoor living area!

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    June 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    You guys! This is going to look awesome! I can’t wait to see it!

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    Megan H
    June 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    You two totally lucked out on the wood price. We’ve checked on custom cut lumber before and the pricing was outrageous. I guess it might depend on the area though. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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    June 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I CAN’T WAIT to see this. Your carport is going to be amazing. I’m already jealous and you’ve barely started.

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    Geena B
    June 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I recently found your blog via Young House Love and I’m in love with everything you’ve done to the house so far. I’m so glad I found you and can’t wait to read all the way back to the beginning!

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      June 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      We’re glad you found us too! Thanks for reading : )

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    Alexa @ travelmiamor
    June 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    OMG cant wait to see! Looks like it will be awesome! Love the idea!

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    June 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    that’s going to look crazy good

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    June 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    So excited to see how this turns out!

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    Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog
    June 5, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Oooh I love this plan. It is going to look amazing! Can’t wait to see the final result! Happy planking! {The ceiling, I mean, not the thing where you take pictures of yourselves laying in random places, though that could be an interesting blog post too… ;)}

    ~Abby =)

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    June 6, 2013 at 8:27 am

    What a great idea. The wood planking is going to look beautiful. I appreciate seeing all the options and getting an idea of your thought process. It really encourages me to continue to think outside the box and generate lots of ideas!

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    June 6, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Love, Love, Love! I have always wanted a covered patio. Have you thought about a ceiling fan (to help circulate the air)? Your thoughts? Just trying to figure what the “cons” would be. Keep up the amazing work!

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      June 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Yeah, ceiling fans are definitely on the list for “some day soon”. I imagine they would also help keep the bugs away. Can’t think of any cons here, haha.

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    June 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

    can’t wait to see it… sounds awesome and the price is wonderful too… love your blog and all your hard work.. your home is beautiful.. keep up the great work… Patty

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    Stacey Cartwright
    June 6, 2013 at 11:17 am

    What a fantastic idea! Can’t wait to see the finished result. You guys are quite the awesome pair, really glad I found your page.

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    June 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Wow, what a great deal you guys got. I’m slowly coming around to Craigslist. At first, it seemed a little too murdery. But just this week, we posted and rented our apartment within 24 hours to non-murderers (I assume). Looking forward to the big reveal!

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      June 6, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Hahaha! Let’s hope so! ; )

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    Chas @ Haute Mommy
    June 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    It’s going to be really beautiful when it’s finished! I love ceiling planks.

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