After much work and two previously installed ceilings, I could finally get to work on an idea that I knew was the best solution. This would be a daunting task however. I would end up milling all the lumber for this project. After two full days at a table saw wearing a respirator, I would emerge from my shop with a fine new layer of ginger body fur, goggles hazed and my hands frozen. The labor was well worth it, because it gave me the raw materials for a ceiling we now adore.
As mentioned before, the panels can be independently removed with ease. This is of great benefit when making unforeseen upgrades to the house's electrical, plumbing and data systems.
Not being a fan of heavy chemicals, I chose mineral oil for a safe, natural finish. The oil is safe enough to ingest and provides a satin sheen with a deeper, rich color.
The addition of the wood's warm tone provided a much needed upgrade to the white walled basement gallery. The space has now been tamed and the last vestige of the 1970's is gone. After a short reprieve, the project guy hears another bugle call in the distance, possibly a neighbor in distress?