new ceiling!

This weekend was really great. First? The highs were in the 60's. You guys, this is March in Minnesota. It's usually snowing and cold. Sunshine and 60's was exactly what we needed.

Second, we spent Saturday afternoon with friends we haven't spent much time with lately. It was fun and relaxing and so great to catch up.

And then we conned Tim into coming over and we finished the ceiling project. And that was awesome. 

Exhibit A:

We're thrilled with how they look. THRILLED. And while there's still a lot of nails to cover up and seams to fill, it feels so great to have made this much progress so quickly.

Plus? It looks kind of awesome.

(In our humble opinion)

And then it got better.

Lights! We never really loved our track lights, so we were excited (but a little nervous) to replace them.

I had my heart set on schoolhouse lights (very possibly influenced by Kim's super awesome schoolhouse lights). We found these on Amazon for about $50 a piece which was perfect for this project.

We also replaced our pendants with a single mini schoolhouse pendant. I know it's hard to see in the photo below, but the shape is nearly identical to the larger ones.

Finishing up the ceiling and installing the lights was a huge confidence booster. I know it's not actually done yet, but it looks so much more polished than our highly-damaged old ceiling did.

So in short - we're huge fans of the new ceiling and the new lights. Here's to productive weekends!

But now, can you help us out? We're not quite sure what to do with the seams between the boards. Caulk? Just paint? Wood filler? Anybody have any suggestions?


  1. We've done a few beadboard projects and we've used caulk and it's worked well!

    I want to pet your ceiling and pretty lights!! Love!

    1. One of these days Nick is going to come home and find me standing on a ladder hugging our lights. I'm so in love!

      And perfect - caulk to the rescue! Thanks.

  2. Hooray! I love school house lights and beadboard ceilings! I'm living vicariously through you.

  3. I swear by Dap paintable caulke... it's amazing! Love the look of your new ceiling and pendant lights, it's really starting to come together!

  4. OH i love the look. Those lights are really great too. Great job guys!

  5. Agree with the caulk suggestion! I love it your ceiling! I want to hug those lights too!

  6. Oh my goodness - I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! The ceiling is just too amazing for words. Now, I want to go home and demand a beadboard ceiling in our kitchen. It's just too fabulous.

    Of course I love the lights - they are so fun and vintage and perfect for a kitchen.

    I really have enjoyed watching your kitchen come together. Too awesome!

  7. I really love the way this looks! It adds a lot of charm to your kitchen! So pretty!

  8. 100% caulk! it works perfectly...i did it for the seams in our former mudroom and i couldn't even tell where one board ended and the other began when we were finished :). works like a charm!

    the ceiling looks amazing and the lights are soooo awesome. i love, love them!

  9. Looks great! I'm loving this warm MN weather, too!

  10. Love it! The beadboard is perfect. A little progress can go a long way for some motivation!

    I'm in Ontario where March is usually still cold and depressing. I am in love with the fact that yesterday, I actually got to run outdoors!

  11. I see caulk is ahead in the comment section, but I instantly thought of putting in trim boards - very similar to Kim's (I read her blog too!) battenboard stairway. I'm not sure how it would look with the bead board, but that's my two cents worth.

  12. I love the schoolhouse lights. I had looked for them at an affordable price - but you really found a deal! Congratulations, they look fabulous!

    Laurel at SoPo Cottage

  13. You can also install a skylight for a change. I'm not saying that this light are bad, their great actually but skylights can be considered as alternative.
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