Where to find primed tongue and groove planks.
Since we installed the primed tongue and groove planks on the kitchen ceiling during our remodel and in our RV renovation, 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.
Before 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.
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 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.
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.
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 primed planks. 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.
A little extra tidbit…I did find a few spots where a small amount of sap seeped through. To cover them up 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.
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.
A SECOND UPDATE 5/2018 – We just completed another tongue and groove wood plank ceiling in our RV, or our little home away from home, with the same material. We used the other side of the plank this time if you want to check it out.
You can find the tutorial on the tongue and groove plank ceiling here…
Or see the whole kitchen remodel reveal here…