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Improve the value of your home by discovering our ceiling step-by-step tips & ideas.

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How to Texture a Ceiling

If you’re tired of the same old flat surface or dealing with a ceiling full of imperfections, repairs, or uneven surfaces, a textured ceiling may be the way to go. Texture can add character and depth to the room, making it an excellent final touch on a renovation project.

Coffered Ceiling

How to Build a Coffered Ceiling

Apply basic carpentry techniques to primed boards and molding to add a formal, elegant touch to any room


How to Cut Crown Molding Inside Corners

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to enhance a room with easy-to-install crown molding using plastic clips and caulking to finish.

S20 E34, Mauro Henrique patches a hole in a textured ceiling

How to Patch a Hole in a Textured Ceiling

After some electrical work, This Old House paint expert Mauro Henrique helps a homeowner patch a hole left in a textured ceiling.


How to Flatten a Textured Ceiling

Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique smooths over a textured ceiling using joint compound

Tom Silva installs drywall on a ceiling

How to Hang Drywall on a Ceiling

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares tips for installing drywall overhead

3 Ways to Remove Popcorn Ceiling

Consider these tips when deciding between scraping, covering, or skimming to remove your dated popcorn ceiling.


How to Replace a Leaking Skylight

Installing a new skylight into an existing opening with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva.


How to Install Three-Piece Crown Molding

Layer stock moldings onto a box beam to create a budget-friendly custom profile.


How to Cut Crown Molding

Tom Silva shares some tricks of the trade for cutting crown molding precisely to create a scarf joint and outside corners.


Decorative Crown Molding

In this step-by-step video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows the best way to install decorative trim to the joint between wall and ceiling.

How to Size and Install a Ceiling Fan

A step-by-step guide to help you choose the right ceiling fan for your space and put it into place.

How to Patch a Ceiling

How to put a fresh face on brown, blistered, water-damaged drywall


How to Install a Ceiling Fan on a Cathedral Ceiling

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor and electrician Scott Caron head to Denver to install a fan on a cathedral ceiling


How to Repair Ceiling Drywall

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to permanently patch a damaged and cracked ceiling.

Finding and Restoring Hidden Plaster Details

In an act of upside-down residential archaeology, the This Old House TV crew reveals—and rebuilds—historical plaster details entombed above a false ceiling

How to Install a Skylight

TOH general contractor Tom Silva shows how new designs and better flashing make for a watertight roof window

How to Stencil a Ceiling Medallion

Flatter your fixture with a lacy frame that suggests old-world plasterwork. With the help of a stencil and craft paint, you can do it in a flash

How to Duplicate Custom Molding

Can't find a match for your original molding? With these steps you can easily make matching trim

All About Crown Molding

Highlighting the transition between walls and ceiling, this decorative trim adds character to even the plainest rooms

All About Tin Ceilings

Embossed metal panels give your ceilings an authentic vintage look

Beautify Your Home With Crown Molding and Other Trim Upgrades

Add character to plain rooms with crown molding, baseboards, wainscoting and more


Quick, Cheap, and Effective Plaster Repair

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates a great product for plaster repair

How to Install a Wide-Angle Skylight

A clever installation method that'll improve your outlook

Backing Strips for Crown Molding

Create a nailing surface when ceiling joists aren't where you need them


How to Repair a Plaster Ceiling

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva saves a cracked plaster ceiling

How to Hang a Tin Ceiling

In less than a weekend, turn your blank ceiling into an architectural showpiece of pressed metal.

How to Install a Beadboard Porch Ceiling

Gussy up your porch in time for outdoor entertaining

How to Install Crown Molding: Cut, Cope & Hang

From measuring to cutting to coping, discover how to easily install crown molding and add sculptural interest to your rooms.

Splicing Molding

A single length of molding spanning a wall is best, but when you have to use a second piece, use this technique to hide the gap

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Looking to upgrade your ceiling fan? Read this step-by-step guide to putting in a versatile and stylish fixture.