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Bored to beads: Deck Ceiling Installation

September 24, 2012

We have tackled a lot of projects this summer and the DIY budget is running low.

I would have liked to install tongue and groove beadboard paneling for the deck ceiling. Even better, I would have liked to use a composite material that will never rot, mildew or peel paint. As far as budget goes, both options were out of the question due to the cost of materials. I could not justify spending another $1000 on materials when we still need to buy the light fixtures, install the gutter, buy rain chains, and pay the electrician.

 We went with beadboard plywood sheets. Not the most attractive option, but I don’t plan to stare at the ceiling, and now that the ceiling is primed it looks just fine.


I went back and forth between the messiness of a oil based primer versus a latex primer for the ceiling. It is outside, but it isn’t getting direct sunlight or contact with water. After much research, I went with a latex primer for the following reasons:

  • Easy clean-up
  • Better for the environment
  • High quality latex made for bare wood will penetrate almost as well as oil
  • We planned to do a oil based top-coat which seals whatever is underneath anyway – latex or oil
  • With proper prep, the finishes should be the same



The original deck roof structure did not allow for overhanging soffits that could be used for venting, and we want the new flat roof to lost as long as possible, so venting was a priority. Our carpenter installed aluminum venting in the ceiling, that blends in well enough with the beads. The is a center board that runs down the middle of the roof perpendicular to the house, so each half of the roof had to be vented separately.

Time for some caulking and the top coat of paint…..trying something new. I will let you all know how it turns out next week 🙂

2 Comments leave one →
  1. johnny51 permalink
    September 25, 2012 8:11 AM

    Looks good Rachel. Smart idea to add the vents. Looking forward to seeing the finish coat.

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