April 3, 2019

Dreamy Wood Ceiling & The Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

Now that we are in Rome, the art and architecture is coming hot and heavy. For example, we've spent several afternoons in the ginormous Vatican museum, which is a total dream for me. If you haven’t been to the Sistine Chapel, I can share my impressions. You enter and you’re taken aback by just how much is happening — all the walls and every inch of ceiling is covered in frescos.

Then, you looks for the most famous scene- God 👉🏻 giving life to 👈🏻Adam. 

Next, you dive in, ready to see it all! 
The 3 Noah scenes, the 3 Adam Creation scenes, the 3 creation of the world scenes 🌎. All the Bible figures encircling the room. It’s a magnificent feat and unbelievable to witness. We sat there for two hours, jaws agape. 

I don't know how anything can compare with the Sistine, but this week's project is a gorgeous modern ceiling in a very outstanding  California home. 


  • Red Cedar, 1x6 and 1x2
  • Paint Sprayer or Brush
  • Nails, Nail Gun


1. Stain
For this project, we used 1x2 and 1x6 cedar, s4s. You will want to stain the red cedar with Weatherwood Salvage stain. We strain the stain and then put the stain through our gravity sprayer and applied it to the wood in even coats. We apply a heavy coat of stain and let the wood air dry. Depending on the red cedar you have, the color result will be anything from brown to dark gray to gray and brown mixture, because the tannin in cedar varies so much. You can see it working below.

2.] LIGHTEN: Use Weatherwood Stain's White Maintenance Oil to add a beautiful white washed patina. You can see the a piece of wood in the video below, where I added the White Oil patina. This look is extremely popular right now and very beautiful. 

To use the Maintenance Oil, simply wipe or brush the Oil on, wait 5-7 minutes, and then wipe it back off. You can see below, it highlights the grain rather than diminishing it. It just adds that sun-kissed pop!


1. Square Footage

First, determine the amount of lumber you will need. You will need to determine the square footage of your space by multiplying the length x width of your project, making sure to subtract for windows and doors.

2. Quantity
Next determine how much siding to purchase using the charts below.
3. Horizontal Application
In horizontal application, start at the bottom and work up, with the groove edges facing downwards. Leave a gap .5” at each wall to allow for expansion and contraction. Siding up to 6 inches wide can be blind nailed with one siding nail per bearing toe-nailed through the base of each tongue. See the drawing below.
4. Nails
Nails should be installed at an angle so they cannot work their way back out of the wood. Nails should be applied with enough force that they must penetrate 1-1/4 inches into solid wood and are flush with the wood.
5. Rows
Measure the length of the wall for your first row and install your first board. Butt the second board against the first and work across the wall, until the final piece of the first row. Make any necessary cuts for the last piece and install. Check every few rows that you are still parallel with the first row or the wall. To fill the wall exactly, it may be necessary to fit a board or two together loosely.
Download Instructions: Link

This home gives me so many ideas for when we move back to the US! Let me know if you have any questions and don't forget to SAVE 10% on all Weatherwood products with Code WELCOME10! I'll see you tomorrow for the party.

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