My tree on the ceiling

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Project by janice posted 09-07-2009 11:02 PM 2121 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I got the nerve up to show it. I’m still not really sure I like it, but I’m stuck with it now. I did all the mudding and taping on that ceiling and I’m not about to take that down and have to patch up the holes. That was a job I never want to do again. Not sure why I opened my big mouth and told my husband I could do it. I think the piece of wood turned out really pretty but it’s just doesnt have the look of a fake beam. I do have two more pieces that I’m going to use over the fireplace when we get that wall finished. It will be a corner mantel.

-- Janice

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#1 posted 09-08-2009 12:34 AM

It certainly is different.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#2 posted 09-08-2009 12:43 AM

I think it looks cool! Are all the walls ply or what am I seeing?

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#3 posted 09-08-2009 12:55 AM

For those who love the grainy, natural appearance of wood, it is nice-looking.
However, My opinion is that, given the headroom constraints, as well as the added work involved, you should’ve used a fatter log and machined it so that you could’ve created a faux box-beam that “looked” like a log but was suspended from an adequate board(like 2×6 or 2×8…or two 2×4’s spaced apart). Like wrapping a pipe sticking out of a wall, except on the ceiling. Also, you might get further toward your goal if you re-ran the trim at either end to wrap and hide the ends of the log piece. Hundreds of ways to get there… The ply walls,I like, but add a chair or a picture rail and use an alternate coating to shade for lighter/darker to break up the busy grain lines. I did similar with 1/4” finish Birch, brass beauty rings on grabber screws, a chair rail and white dry-erase board ripped length-wise at 42”. Looked sharp and people are surprised by the way the simplicity makes the appearance sing.

-- Sometimes my wife wishes that she was a block of wood... ;-)

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#4 posted 09-08-2009 01:17 AM

You’re my kind of gal, taping and mudding that ceiling must have helped you keep your girlish figure:-))

I’m caught in the middle on the wood, not sure ???

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 09-08-2009 01:28 AM

Given the overall rustic style of your cabin, I think it fits in just fine.

As far as working sheetrock on a ceiling, I’d rather have a root canal!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 09-08-2009 01:31 AM

I love the look of the tree beam. It adds character and is a real conversation piece. Although I have sheetrocked, taped and mudded ceilings many times I am with Charlie….I would rather have a root canal!

-- Joanne, New York,

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#7 posted 09-08-2009 01:35 AM

I’m like Jon. And Topamax…........... not quite sure if I like or dislike. Sorry.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 09-08-2009 02:02 AM

i;m undecided also ,
but the main thing ,
you advanced your skills ,
and tried something new .
much more rewarding than
surfing the t.v. to pass the time .
although i will admit ,
i expected to see a weeping willow
hanging from the ceiling ,
like an upside down x-mas tree !
follow your dreams ,
they teach us many things .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 09-08-2009 02:28 AM

I am a drywall man,and I must say that you did a good job! I like the log look but I would have to agree with Jon and say that I think it should have been a little bigger.

And why is it that everyone HATES doing sheetrock? Everyone tells me that they wouldnt have my job for if it was the last on earth….

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#10 posted 09-08-2009 04:07 AM

That is a nice job. keep up the good work..

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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#11 posted 09-09-2009 02:44 PM

I like it. It is something very different. Much better than a squared faux beam.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#12 posted 09-14-2009 06:11 AM

The majestic log beam that supports your home protrudes just into our vision from the ceiling above, like the sunrise upon an ocean of dreams. As Patron said, advancing your skills is rewarding.
Oh yeah, it looks ok to me.

-- Skillet, Louisiana

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#13 posted 09-14-2009 06:18 AM

you cant end up with anything great unless you take a chance…and…although you dont want to…you learned a lot and could go back and change it down the road.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 09-15-2009 02:20 PM

I like it. But (don’t you just hate that word?) I think it needs more something. I’m thinking that two upright logs to accent the corner by the door and the opposite side of the archway that connect to your “ceiling tree” will give you a more finished look to the piece. And it will create a bit of drama to the area. Overall, it’s a nice addition.

-- Robbinscabin,

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#15 posted 09-15-2009 02:24 PM

Thanks Robin, I agree with you with I already thought about that, but there isnt enough room to run something up the walls there. Bathroom door is to close to the end of the wall.

-- Janice

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