Who: Jay C.
Where: Columbia, MO
The coffered paneling lowered the ceiling by approximately 3 feet, which made the entryway proportions more aesthetically pleasing. It also broke up the flat, boxed-in ceiling surface area, which reduced the echo factor throughout the entire house. Finally, it adds a richer look as you enter our home. I did all of the labor myself and used maple wood instead of walnut, then selected a walnut stain to match our walnut staircase. What made this project particularly difficult was the inaccessibility to the ceiling. So I designed my own scaffolding, which consisted of bolting 2x4s along the two outer walls and building platforms, on which I slid back and forth as I worked across the ceiling.
Who did the work: I did all the work myself.
Cost: $500 to $1,000