DIY Master Bedroom Wood Coffered Ceiling


All I could say is, “Wow!”  That looks gorgeous.  I am a sucker for architectural details.  This wood stained coffered ceiling turned out to be very beautiful.  I can’t wait until we can do some thing like this in our house.

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Submitted By Our Small-Town Idaho Life

See how Andrew and Rachel accomplished this task with their 7 steps below.


Here is the master bedroommany moons ago. Our coffered ceiling started with simple drywall.

1.) Andrew first took 2×4’sand created a grid pattern.

2.) Next, he took four-quarter knotty alderand nailed it over top of the 2×4’s in the same grid pattern.

3.) Then using quarter-inch alder, he filled in all of the grids.

4.) To give it a finished look, Andrew wrapped each grid in crown.

5.) Then he used a maple-to-alder spray stain and a coat of lacquer.

6.) Next, he used a water-based rusty old glaze that was wiped on and off. This is what caused the knots and grain patterns to pop.

7.) After letting it dry for 30 minutes, it was lacquered one more time.

It was gorgeous, but it looked shockingly stark against the white walls. I was anxious to get everything taped and painted. If you notice, we painted the walls AND inside the coffer itself with the SW Pussy willow color.

Here it is with the tape and plastic removed (and on the floor). It all looks more complete and gradual this way.

Second perspective.

And finally, here it is finished with the ceiling fan in the center and the can lights installed along the outside edges of the coffer. This room is just waiting for carpet and vent covers!

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  1. says

    I love the way white is integrated with bold, dark hues. While some people consider white as boring when it comes to paint choices, this post will surely give them a change of heart. (Thanks for giving another blog to check out, too.)

  2. Michelle says

    Absolutely stunning, and what a unique idea for the bedroom the best place to lay down and admire the ceiling :)

  3. Catherine Call says

    It looks beyond AMAZING!! I would love a more detailed tutorial. The explanation was very brief!

  4. Franky says

    I love the look of the knotted alder. gives the room such a warm feeling. Much nicer than just your normal pressure treated.

  5. says

    It is incredible! And to think a home in Idaho has a ceiling like that? 😉 May I ask what it cost? We are building and I want to do something like this to my Dining room and Master. What would you change? This is exactly what I love. The trendy will come and go, but something like this has been and will be in style for hundreds of years. Julia

  6. Duane says

    How can I end a coffered ceiling where the ceiling does not end at a wall, but an open stairway? My ceilings are 8ft high. I am looking at installing a 3 1/4″ coffer…but by the stairs it would lower the ceiling to where head clearance is minimal…I am 6’4″ tall and I would come awfully close to hitting my head on it. What options do I have at the stairs? Thanks.

  7. Candis says

    I love this, thank you for the step by step. What I want to know is how much it costs to do this. I am totally going to make the husband do this in our master!

  8. kayla says

    Please, What is that (true) gray on your walls??!?! Im in a “this-was-gray-on-the-paintchip-dang it” nightmare!! UGH!

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