Porch Progress: Adding the Beadboard Ceiling

I’m back from the beach, but before I left, finally, the weather is cooperating and we got more than one day of sunshine to continue working on the porch.  Dad and I got out there on a recent Saturday and made some huge progress on the screened porch, so I can actually see the end of this one and we should be sipping a cold drink out there by June. It might take me that long to get it all painted.  We’ll see.

In the meantime, here’s how we did the ceiling.  I had always envisioned beadboard out there from the very beginning, so that’s what I bought.  It comes in 4 x 8’ sheets and we needed 6 to complete the ceiling.  All of this came from Lowes, my fave home improvement store.  Two of them were ripped down to fit in properly.

adding insulation

First things first, we added some insulation up in the rafters to help block some of the summer heat, so hopefully this will make the porch cooler.

wiring insulation

It was a little tricky getting this in place, but Dad came up with a solution, using wire and nails.  He tapped nails in the sides of the 2 x 4’s and then we cut wire and strung it from one side to the other, holding the insulation in place. It’s so lightweight that putting the beadboard on top will not be a problem and it will all squish into place.

insulation wires

We both worked on this and I helped nail the nails up and added the wires and row by row we got it all done.

ceiling insulation complete

Insulation in place and ready for the beadboard.  Happy day!

drywall jack

We had to wait a few days for another sunny day, but it finally came and I rented this wonderful piece of equipment to help us out. There is NO way we could have completed this job without this drywall jack.  I got a 9’ drywall jack from a local tool rental company for $26 a day and that was money well spent. We were able to finish in a day.

drywall jack putting together

That top piece goes in place and that’s where the sheets of beadboard will sit and then the machine cranks up so that you can place the plywood or drywall all the way to the ceiling.  Talk about a lifesaver!  I used my nailgun and then nailed everything in place into the 2 x 4’s.

my daddy

Dad working.


We set up the sawhorses and he had to make a few cuts to get around some of the 2 x 4’s that were up there. It wasn’t too bad, but there were a few cuts to make.  I did go ahead and prime the beadboard too (with Zinsser oil-based primer)  before we put it up, that will at least help some in the painting process.

making cuts

He had to notch out a couple of spots to fit in there just right.

using the jack

Then we put the first piece of beadboard up on the jack and got it into place.  Once in the right spot. I began nailing with the nailgun until it was all secured.

first board in

First piece done!

beadboard progress

We worked til lunch and got 3 pieces up, then took a lunch break.

last pieces in place

Then we got back to it, finishing the job in one day, about 6 hours total.  What a big job it was and I’m happy this one is behind us too. The rest of the trim out won’t be so bad.

beadboard in place

That jack was the best thing ever!

ripping the beadboard

We got all of it up and then had to rip down 2 pieces to go against the house, using my dad’s table saw.

beadboard complete

All finished and ready for trimming out.  There will be one trim piece down the middle of the beadboard sheets and everything else will get caulked and painted out. I’m definitely going to do a light blue ceiling out here and the rest of the trim will be white.  Can’t wait to get to that part too!

dad resting

Dad and I were very happy to get this one finished on such a beautiful Spring day.  We’ll get the rest of the trim work finished and then I’ll be painting it all out as quickly as I can, getting it ready for the furniture. I already have all the furniture and accessories I need for this space and it will be so much fun to finally get it all in place again.

My dreams of having a screened porch are finally coming true.  It doesn’t take that much to make this girl happy and I’m so glad the Lord blessed me with a porch!

- Rhoda


  1. Beautiful! Love the fact you will paint the ceiling blue. It will be stunning I am sure. So enjoy seeing the photos of your father – such a treasure (the photos and the relationship)!

  2. Glad you enjoyed the beach, Rhoda, lots of us have re-designed Janet’s house whilst you’ve been gone!! 🙂
    Anyway, back to the porch. 1) give that man a medal – what a great job! 2) It never occcured to me over here that you might have to insulate against heat …… just against cold, but if you get hot summers, that is a great idea. Can’t wait for it to be finished (and I don’t even live there!)

  3. Rhoda – the Lord not only blessed you with a porch but also a precious Daddy to help. How special the time is that you get to spend with him and your Mom!!

    Loving the porch!


  4. I am SO happy you are finally going to get your screened in porch. You deserve it. Your Dad is great. He reminds me so much of my own sweet Dad. ‘Can’t wait for pictures of the final outcome.

  5. Paula Lusk says:

    Rhoda- you and your dad make quite the team. So happy you are finally getting your screened porch. Blessings Paula

  6. Mary from Highland Lakes says:

    Rhoda – The ceiling looks great! I envy you having such a great dad to help your dream projects come true. He is a jewel for sure. Can’t wait to see the finished and decorated porch 🙂
    Hope you are doing well and from all indications you are.
    So happy for you. By the way, I think of you everything I walk through my LR and see my chandy I purchased from you. I love it. I will have to email you a photo. Take care and enjoy your beautiful home.

    • Thank you, Mary! You are always so sweet and supportive and yes, I’m thriving over here. I couldn’t be happier right now.

  7. Hi Rhoda, give your Dad and extra big hug – what a champ. I loved it when my Dad and I would work on the ceiling/walls/wiring/insulation work in my basement. We were a good team, he knew how, could do all the stuff and I helped with anything possible. Love the drywall lift. You both used it to such great advantage. Saved arms, shoulders, heads and time. Looking forward to your next posts on the completion of your dream of a screened porch.

  8. It looks fabulous Rhoda! I can’t wait to see the finished room! God bless your Dad! Angie xo

  9. LOVE the look! We borrowed a jack like that when we were putting up a new ceiling inside our house and it was a life saver! Great job 🙂

  10. Rhoda,
    You are really going to LOVE this porch…I know I sure LOVE mine.


  11. You have made such great progress and your father is such a sweetheart!

  12. Hey Rhoda –
    I am in the process of painting my new porch right now as well. I wanted to do the light blue ceiling. You are so good with colors, I was wondering what color blue you were thinking about for your ceiling?? Thanks for sharing! Missi

  13. You know we love your dad! You will long think of his help with your home. Makes it more than just a house.


  14. Grandaddy’s such a cutie!!

  15. Hi Rhoda

    So sorry I missed you this visit. I finally got on a Zpak and I’m so much better.

    I’m blogging…again. Can’t wait to see what all you’ve been doing.

    Big hugs,

  16. I am so happy for you, a screened porch, laundry room, this girl is jealous but you so deserve it. Your father is so handy and such a resourceful person. He makes me miss my sweet dad. I can just see you all sipping tea! Thank you for sharing, Di

  17. The beach and a screened in porch, what more could a girl want. Great job! You and your dad make a good team, and he’s so cute!

  18. I work for a rental store. For almost all DIY projects, your local rental store can help you out. If you are just starting out or are an accomplished DIYer, there are some tools you just don’t want to spend money on. This drywall jack is one. Our store rents these along with nail guns, airless sprayers, floor sanders, just about everything. We also rent out items for lawn and garden. Check out your local store and see what’s available. You’ll probably be surprised. Great job Rhoda and dad! I can’t wait to see it finished!

  19. Rhoda,
    The porch progress is coming along! I can’t wait to see all your beautiful furniture and decorating come alive out there!
    How blessed you are to have such a great father that works so hard to make your dreams happen. You are truly blessed!

    Are you thinking of staining the porch floor a solid color? I used a nice neutral creamy tan on my screened porch floor at my old house in Richmond and it really brightened the entire space. Plus, it made it much easier to clean with a mop. Just a thought!

    Looking forward to the finished pictures! I have a feeling you’ll be spending a lot of time on that porch!

    Betsy Gordon

    • Hey, Betsy, right now I’m going to do a diamond pattern with white and gray out there, using porch & floor paint.

  20. God bless your father.

  21. Can’t wait to see it finished. I am planning to paint the ceiling of my front ‘porch’ blue as well. I have always loved that look.

  22. Rhoda,
    Your dad is such a cutie! I’m so glad to know there is such a thing as a drywall jack. We’d like to put beadboard on the ceiling of our front porch some day so I’m glad to know that there is a tool that will save arms and shoulders!

  23. Thank you so much for the information on the drywall jack! We are looking at putting beadboard up on our porch ceiling, but did not know there was such a contraption. Can’t wait to show this to hubby! Special hugs to your dad; he is a blessing, indeed.

  24. What a difference the beadboard makes already! It’s going to look great, Rhoda, can’t wait to see what color blue you use. I have such a difficult time picking a good blue.

  25. Donnamae says:

    Your Daddy is one special man…you are so lucky to have him. Can’t wait to see more…it’s going to be beautiful with a blue ceiling! 😉

  26. I just love the relationship between you and your dad and hearing and seeing all the progess. I can’t wait to see this project finished. I am sure it will be stunning.


  27. This is a story about your father before it’s a story about your renovation.

    Love reading your dad’s story.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  28. Wonderful progress! That certainly was a lot of work. I love how you and your dad just keep plugging along. Looks great.

  29. Correction: your fantastic Dad is the best thing EVER! The jack is second. Just sayin’

  30. It is coming along beautifully, Rhoda! A drywall jack? Who would’ve thought? My dad and I have always just held up the pieces and prayed to God our arms would hold out until we got them nailed into place, lol. I’m def going to use this the next time. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Oh wow!! That is impressive! It’s going to look FABULOUS!

  32. Oooh! I cannot wait to see it all done! Summer will be here before you know it and you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your and Dad’s labor. I see many glasses of sweet tea in your future. 🙂

  33. Always enjoy your adventures with your Dad. I do have a suggestion. Put some sort of screening under the floor. Since the boards are not touching, lovely things like wasps can get through. Learned the hard way.

    • Looks Great! I thought the same about the floor – would you consider putting a thing plywood down so it was solid and you could even insulate under there. That way you are that much closer if you want to put plastic panels up in the winter or windows, etc. in the future?

  34. Hi Rhoda! You will enjoy the screen porch so much and I know you will have it decorated beautifully. Your dad is precious and such a hard worker…enjoy every moment with him.

  35. Rhoda, Love the last picture of your dear Dad, he is looking younger each passing day! I guess all the work the two of you are doing is keeping him youthful.

    I LOVE the idea of a blue ceiling for the porch and never would have know that you would insulate to keep you cool.

    Can’t wait to see it all done.

  36. wow, you are certainly blessed with a wonderful father. I have a big back porch. Someday, maybe, it will be screened in too.

  37. Your dad’s the best! He must have been exhausted. That is really going to be a nice space for you to enjoy. I love my screened-in porch!

  38. I just love seeing how you and your dad are doing this together! What wonderful memories you’re creating with him, in addition to creating a fabulous screened porch! Be sure to enjoy a glass of lemonade for me. 🙂

  39. Just wanted to say I love your blogs….first thing I do in the morning with my coffee.
    Everyone would be so blessed to have a Dad like yours!
    You are such an inspiration as is your Dad!

  40. Bead board just makes a wonderful ceiling. I’d love to do it in the kitchen!

    And you know, we LOVE your dad!!


  41. APRIL WIDDIS says:

    The Lord Blessed you with a wonderful father. You are a very Lucky girl to have someone so handy available to you! Looks wonderful

  42. Rhoda, You and your dad are making so much headway on your new home. This must have been a job~ I hate craning my neck upwards! LOL – I always end up with a crick in it. Your blue painted ceiling will be so “southern.” Great job.
    Maybe I’ll run into you at High Point this weekend. We should be there Sat. nite, as well. 🙂 Sue

  43. Rhoda – I just love seeing pics of your dad working around the house. It sure makes me miss my dad . . . who could do anything! What a blessing he is. Can’t wait to see your completed porch. Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew

  44. Wow! You and your dad are a great pair! You both work so hard and do a fantastic job. I love your porch already and know you will decorate it beautifully as you have done your house. Enjoy it!

  45. This will be a fantastic place when finished! And your dad, well, he is the best, and behind every great man is a great woman, so a shout out to your mom too! 🙂 Can’t wait to see the final result!

  46. Rhoda…all I have to say is God Bless your father! What a help he is to you and what wonderful memories to have!

  47. I so loved meeting your dad and mom at your open house….They are the kindest, warmest people!…Your dad is the greatest…you are certainly blessed with such wonderful parents…Looking forward to the porch progress!

  48. I simply love your blog! Your dad is amazing ! Wish I had half is energy. Excited to see pics of you and your dad sipping that cold drink, enjoying the fruits of your labor…..you truly deserve it xx

  49. Rhoda, You and your sweet Daddy are such troopers. You get right in there and get busy and get so much done. I marvel at your Get-up and go!! It is going to be wonderful!!
    Love seeing picts of your Daddy!
    xo Kathysue

  50. Rhoda,
    Your Dad ( and your mother) are quite amazing ! If we all had parents like yours wouldn’t this be a wonderful world. You are God blessed!

  51. Shhh..don’t tell mama, but your dad should be included in People Magazine’s Sexiest Men! He’s just the best!

  52. I’m sure that this comment is on some list of “things you shouldn’t say after 50 but….”your Dad rocks!”

  53. Yes the porch is great But your Daddy is the gift here…you are lucky to have him ….the drywall lift was brilliant!

  54. Looks great Can’t wait to see it finished.

  55. What an amazing days work done by you and your dad! It is looking brilliant! I cannot wait to see it with all the furniture – and see your Daddy sitting in the sun with a cool drink!

    I just love that your Dad is helping you with your renovations! It’s funny, it doesn’t matter how old you get, Daddy always comes to the rescue of his ‘little’ girl! Absolutely adorable x

  56. Rhoda – I am so excited for you. The porch is looking great. Can’t wait to see it finished!

  57. Ahhh we were neighbors! I’m not sure the dates you were there but I literally just got home (TN) from Pinnacle Port a few minutes ago! 🙂 We had been there since fri in one of the smaller buildings, not the main tower. It was amazing! So peaceful! Did you hit up any of the antique shops? We hit a few but I didn’t do as much shopping as I’d have liked since I was with my 2 girls under 3 yrs old, the hubs and his parents!

    • Hi, Stacey, we must have passed each other. We were there from last Tues. to Sat., came home Sat. So you got in on Friday and we left Sat. a.m. How fun! We didn’t do any antiquing this time, just hit Seaside and the outlet mall. It was a fun time!

  58. Ha, I obviously commented on the wrong post and meant to comment on the one about your beach trip! Not sure how I switched pages without noticing! 😉

  59. This is going to be an amazing transformation! I can already see it! I never would have thought to put insulation up there. You two sue got alot done in a short amount of time 🙂

  60. Mary from Virginia says:

    Your Dad is something! I am amazed at the things he can do. You have a wonderful teacher and father. Lucky, lucky, you.

    The porch is looking lovely.

  61. Kudos to your dad! He’s great just like my dad.

    I reread the Kitchen remodel and realized the reason your cost was so low was there was a couple train car loads of labor you and someone else put it in on the subway tile, floor, paint, etc.

    Great reminder on renting the drywall jack, a tool to make it possible to do work by oneself.

  62. Wow, what amazing progress!! You are so going to enjoy that space this summer, Rhoda — it’s BIG! Glad to see Dad back at it — I’ve missed him! 😉
    xo Heidi
    PS — what about a paint party for your porch?

  63. There’s everyone’s favorite guy! Your dad really is a wonderful man, Rhoda. I can’t get over all that he has helped you accomplish. The ceiling looks great!

    Loved all the pics…



  64. Finding just the right Haint blue for the ceiling consumed me for weeks!

    I finally found a place that had taken samples and fell in love with the light one from Savannah. It was the one that reminded me of the porch on my grandmothers house in Alabama.


    I can’t wait to see it all done and decorated. We spend a lot of time on our porches as well. It’s a great way to unwind at the end of the day.

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