Coffered Ceiling DIY Demo | Room Transformation!

I'm Travis. I'm just an average guy trying to 
do above average things. today i'm going to   show you how to do a coffered ceiling in this 
video you're going to see how I went from this   to this. before you begin to make a sketch or 
a 3d model of your design. This will help you   determine the correct proportions as well as help 
you estimate how much material you will need.   now mark out guidelines for the frame.   while doing this it's also a good idea 
to find and mark the sud locations. I used a cross line laser level as a reference 
for my guide markings. This laser was pretty   cool because it also had a nice perpendicular 
line so I knew everything was nice and square.   I put a link to this laser level in my video 

Next cut and installed the main   frame piece that is perpendicular to the ceiling 
joists. for my ceiling i use two by fours but it   depends on how wide you want your coffers to be. 
you can go wider if you have a taller ceiling.   As you can see here I'm an idiot and I did 
not mount the main piece perpendicular for my   demonstration. somehow the screws grabbed hard 
enough that I didn't notice. Do not do this.   Let's all just pretend the main 
frame piece is perpendicular.   measure and cut the secondary frame 
pieces and attach it to the main   frame and any other ceiling joists or drywall 
nailers you can find. If you absolutely need   to you can add a few heavy duty drywall anchors 
but this should be a last resort. I got lucky   on my ceiling and ended up with my secondary 
frame pieces lining up with the ceiling joists. During this process keep checking to make 
sure the frame pieces are still square.   Now measure all the vertical pieces in one 

Cut and nail them into place.¬†¬† for my verticals i use 1×6 primed pine.¬†¬† next repeat this process with the perpendicular¬†
pieces. You want these pieces to fit nice and   tight. Now nail all the vertical pieces 
together so they are strong and straight. On to the bottom pieces carefully 
measure and cut the main pieces.   These pieces will span across the entire ceiling. I prefer a quarter inch shadow line so I installed 
the bottom piece inset. I made a quarter inch   check piece that I used as a reference 
when tapping the bottom piece into place.   Once I like where I have it, I tighten the clamps 
to hold it in place until I can put a nail in. The rest of the bottom pieces that 
run perpendicular are shorter pieces.   Measure carefully because these should fit 

I test fit to make sure they are cut   right then I put a little glue on the ends to 
make sure that the joint stays tight over time.   Crown molding can be tough. I don't really 
have any special tips or pointers as i'm still   figuring it out for myself. My only tip would be 
to use something like the Kreg crown molding jig.   It simplifies the process a lot. I added 
a link to this jig in my description. Oops cut it wrong. Crushed it.   There's your problem! Once you've finished installing all the crown 
you can move on to filling holes and caulking. But first sink any nails 
that are still sticking out. To fill the holes this wood filler 
has always worked well for me.   I added a link in the description Sand all the seams and the holes 
smooth with 220 grit sandpaper.

I prefer this caulk for trim work. It's very 
flexible so it's good at resisting cracking.   I put a link in the description. Good 
caulking can hide a lot of mistakes   but bad caulking can look even worse 
than any mistake you tried to cover.   Take your time and have a lot 
of paper towels at the ready. Ready for paint. Thanks for watching my video. Please subscribe 
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