You remember the horrible kitchen ceiling? The one I demolished and then started wondering about half way through if the insulation tile was asbestos? horrible kitchen ceiling post
In common with most old and some new French houses, the ceilings are often plank floor on joists with no heat or sound insulation, Some of these old ceilings are lovely and it might be hard to consider covering them.
Our kitchen ceiling is part of the mid 20thc barn/wine cave conversion so it’s not old or lovely!. So, we are inspired by the whitewashed herringbone lambris ceilings (tongue & groove) at the Domaine de Castillou, venue of last weekend’s wedding Castillou You can’t see them on the link photos but, trust me, they are beautiful in that 13thc building. Trevor is creating the same Chez Nous. This phone does distort perspective but here is first and second section.
He has fitted bearers ( 3cm x 1.5cm unplaned softwood ) along each joist for the lambris to fit on top of. I painted each piece of lambris with a single light coat along the grain as we want the character of the wood to show through.
I used a trade emulsion designed specifically for ceilings in kitchens and bathroom. M.Bricolage’s basics range; it’s a dirty rather than a bright white (which I like) and has none of that nasty blue “brilliant” white tint in it that I loathe and detest.
We could use a more authentic paint, but this is a kitchen and it must be fit for purpose. Jury is out on how we will finish the joists, a wash or solid colour?
We are insulating above with our carbon zero UK stuff. Hard to find here. It will not deaden all noise from above but should certainly reduce it.