Where to Find Pre-Primed Tongue and Groove Planks

Since we installed the pre-primed tongue and groove planks on the kitchen ceiling during our remodel, I have been getting so many comments and emails asking about the source for the planks, so I thought I would update the post a bit and share the info on where we got ours.

Where we found pre-primed tongue and groove pine planks for our kitchen ceiling. And they didn't break the bank! chatfieldcourt.comBefore we started working on the ceiling I did a lot of research, as per usual for me, on what would be best to use for the kitchen ceiling. The biggest takeaway I got from all that research was to use pre-primed tongue and groove planks and I’m so glad that we followed that advice. Not only did it save our necks and backs, but it also saved us a ton of time.

Pre-primed tongue and groove planks installed on the ceiling during a recent kitchen remodel, and where we found them. chatfieldcourt.com

Getting the info online proved to be the easy part because finding it in a store was almost impossible. We went to every store in our area that sold lumber until we walked into our local Home Depot (*affiliate link) and hit the jackpot.

They had primed tongue and groove pine planks in 8 and 12-foot lengths…exactly what we were hoping to find. For all of you that have been asking, here is what the display looked like in the store. You’ll note that the side showing in the store display looks different that the plain sided planks on the ceiling. I’ve been questioned a ton over this (and actually accused of lying) and it is, in fact, the same board. It simply has two sides (I talked more about it in this post). We went with the plain side for our ceiling because it was just the look I was going for.

Pre-primed tongue and groove planks. Why we used them for our kitchen ceiling and where to find them. chatfieldcourt.com

I’ve heard from several people that the tongue and groove planks that they have been able to find have been very expensive. I thought the ones that we got were very reasonable. We spent about $275 just for the planks for our 13’x 8′ kitchen.

Where to find pre-primed tongue and groove pine planks for a kitchen ceiling. And they won't break the bank! chatfieldcourt.com

Painting it was literally a pain in the neck, but it wasn’t the worst job ever. The whole time we painted, though, we kept saying that we were so happy that we spent the extra money on the pre-primed. We’re both cheap frugal when it comes to buying stuff like wood or other building supplies that will get painted, so that’s saying something.

Pre-primed tongue and groove planks installed on the kitchen ceiling. chatfieldcourt.com

A little extra tidbit…I did find a few spots where a small amount of sap seeped through but I just added an extra coat of paint over it and it looked fine. It may seep through again but, honestly, you can’t tell. I just noticed because…well, I’m weird like that. I would stand there and practically stand on my head to look at spots on the ceiling at different angles and in certain light but a normal person walking in there probably wouldn’t notice. The mister didn’t, but I could shave my eyebrows off and he probably wouldn’t notice. Ok, bad example. Seriously, it wasn’t really an issue, I just wanted to let you know that it could happen.

Pre-primed tongue and groove planks installed on the ceiling during a recent kitchen remodel. chatfieldcourt.com

The ceiling turned out so much better than we thought. I would love to do another one in our new house in North Carolina….fingers crossed.

I hope that this little bit of info helps you out. Let me know if you’re able to find any pre-primed tongue and groove planks in your area. I’d love to pass the info on.

UPDATE 3/2018 – I still get a ton of emails and questions about the tongue and groove planks that we used. I just wanted to update you and let you know that these planks are still available in our local Home Depot stores. We are actually getting ready to use them again and our local stores had plenty of inventory. I hope you find this useful. 

You can find the tutorial on the tongue and groove plank ceiling here…

Tutorial for installing a tongue and groove plank ceiling in the kitchen. chatfieldcourt.comTongue and Groove Plank Ceiling Tutorial

Or see the whole kitchen remodel reveal here…

From dark to light and bright, a small kitchen remodel reveal. chatfieldcourt.comKitchen Remodel Reveal

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  1. Monday,May 9, 2016 / 11:39 am

    I know that your new house will be super fabulous! Ps- gotta love Home Depot!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 10, 2016 / 3:09 am

      Thanks, Kim. Love Home Depot! 🙂

  2. Monday,May 9, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing your source!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 10, 2016 / 3:10 am

      You’re welcome, Vel.

  3. Monday,May 9, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    Looks like it came together beautifully! My husband is making some inexpensive shiplap for me as I speak. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 11, 2016 / 3:13 am

      Thanks Erin! I’m sure you’ll love your shiplap. I’ll be sure to check out your finished project.

  4. Monday,May 9, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing this source! There’s two walls that I would love having shiplap, but the thought of all the work that many go through when making the inexpensive way, makes me exhausted just thinking of it. I would love to get actual planking ,and to have them preprimed would be awesome.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 11, 2016 / 3:15 am

      You’re welcome, Carol. The pre-primed planks would look awesome on a wall too. I may have to try that out myself. 😉

  5. Tuesday,May 10, 2016 / 11:04 am

    This ceiling looks beautiful! And the pre-primed option is perfect for me because I HATE painting and I’ll pay extra to skip a step. I’d love to invite you to share a few of your gorgeous blog posts at my Inspiration Thursday link party on my blog inthenewhouse.com. We start on Wednesday nights at 9pm EST and party all day Thursday. I hope to see you there!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 11, 2016 / 3:17 am

      Thanks so much Lela. The pre-primed planks were definitely the way to go. I’ll be sure to stop over to your party.

  6. Tracy
    Tuesday,May 10, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    Yes. I am still working on doing this project but I have to tell you again….yours is the BEST example. I have pinned this a million times and will continue to do so cause I love it that much. Thank you again for sharing.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 11, 2016 / 3:18 am

      Awwww, thanks so much Tracy, for pinning and for your sweet comment. 🙂

      • amanda
        Wednesday,June 21, 2017 / 1:32 pm

        My house came with a “wood pank” ceiling, at least we thought so. Turns out its a very pretty ceiling tile! I don’t know where they found them but they do exist if anyone would rather go that route

        • Kristi
          Friday,June 23, 2017 / 7:09 pm

          Wow…nice. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  7. Sam
    Friday,May 19, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    The planks you sjhow here on the home depot shelf are not what you installed. Am i missing something here?

    • Kristi
      Friday,May 19, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Hi Sam. We actually used the planks in this post on the ceiling. I used an old piece of barn wood for the shelf. I assume you are referring to either the kitchen shelf or the bedroom shelves?

    Thursday,June 22, 2017 / 11:19 pm

    I used tongue and groove wood thru out our whole downstairs of our house, love the look! Only thing I would recommend is when buying your wood try to get pieces of wood with as little knots as possible. I used “Kilz” (suppose to hide any blemishes) but knots still come thru 1 coat of Kilz and 2 coats of paint. I am now painting again, this time I’m using high gloss paint it’s thicker than satin! Plus I have put another coat of Kilz/primer. Love ,love,lovethe high gloss paint !

    • Kristi
      Friday,June 23, 2017 / 7:12 pm

      That is the downside to putting up a plank ceiling using tongue and groove (unless you’re going for that look). Thanks so much for sharing your process for hiding them. Glad you found a solution.

      Hope you have a great weekend!

  9. Dane
    Monday,August 7, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Nice post thx. Growing up in Minnesota I had the pleasure of painting over a lot of knotty pine. For those ready to try your strateg trying to prevent bleed through, a shellac based primer (one brand is BIN) helps greatly.

  10. Kristin
    Wednesday,October 18, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    I’m confused as well. The pic from Home Depot of the boards are not the same boards that are on your ceiling. The boards on the shelf at Home Depot that you have a pic of are a beadboard plank tongue and groove and your ceiling is just plain tongue and groove plank without the beadboard look. Theres a raised ridge (bead) in the pic of the product on the shelf at Home Depot and there is not that same bead/ridge on your ceiling planks. I’m afraid you may have taken a pic of the wrong product.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,October 19, 2017 / 12:21 am

      Hi Kristin. No, it is the correct product. If you read the post on installing the ceiling (at the end of the post you’re commenting about), you’ll see a picture of both sides of the planks. One is smooth, the side I used, and the other is like bead board. The photo I shared is the same exact product from the same store we bought it from. Hope that helps.

  11. Matthew Hansen
    Friday,December 1, 2017 / 1:17 am

    Wouldn’t it have saved a lot of trouble to blind nail it instead of screwing, filling, priming, and painting the holes?

    • Kristi
      Friday,December 1, 2017 / 1:47 am

      We didn’t fill, prime or paint any holes. We only used screws where they would be hidden. They were just there for a little added security. The brads we used were all hidden on the tongue of the plank.

  12. Danna Jones
    Wednesday,February 28, 2018 / 11:05 am

    January 2018. We are told by HD that this is no longer available.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,March 1, 2018 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks for the info Danna. It’s strange that they would tell you that. We were just in our local Home Depot looking at it for an upcoming project last week. It’s still available here.

  13. Monday,April 9, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    Menards in my area (N.E. Wisconsin) carries these as well… possibly the Lowe’s too.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,April 10, 2018 / 3:53 am

      That’s great info, thanks Danielle! The Lowe’s in our area has planks as well but there are some slight differences. I still prefer the Home Depot ones but that’s just my personal preference.

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