Installing tongue-and-groove (aka TG) boards is a fast, inexpensive way to panel any ceiling or wall. You can install TG over bare framing, drywall or plaster, so its a great cover-up for an ugly ceiling.
So Long, Popcorn Ceilings: 8 Transformative Overhead Architectural Hacks
So, your rental apartment or newly-built home didn't come with coffered ceilings or pressed tin tiles? Set your sights above that unsightly popcorn or drop ceilings you've been dealt. All eight of these ceiling hacks will lend architectural interest to a