RG’s Complete Guide To Wood Paneling – Part 4 – V-Joint T&G

Lumber company stocks are on the rise. The Woll Street Journal says that there has been a sudden increase in the purchase of wood paneling. Consumers cite the Remodeling Guy Blog as the source of their newfound inspiration!

In the interest of improving the economy, let’s continue and talk about V-Joint!


Traditional V-Joint Tongue-and-Groove

As you can see in the picture above, V-Joint paneling is really a classic look. When I first started in construction, I remember finding this in many of the old “Florida Cracker” houses we would get involved in. Often it had been finished with a shellac which had, over time, turned almost orange. Sadly, we often covered it up with drywall. You wouldn’t catch me doing that now!

In most jobs using this type of paneling, there really aren’t too many parts involved. In the picture above, it’s just one board, from floor to ceiling. Put a whole bunch of them side-by-side and voila…wall is covered.

Run It Horizontally, Vertically, or on a 45


The picture above (countryliving.com) shows a beautiful horizontal installation. Being ultra-observent as you are, you probably noticed that this may not actually be v-joint paneling. This pciture might show plain-ole 1×8’s stacked-up the wall! In the infamous words of Tommy Lee Jones.. I don’t care. The picture is just totally amazing and it makes my point.

You can run the stuff sideways, or up and down, or whichever other way you can think of. Whatever floats your boat.

I wish we could run off and talk about those open trusses… oh the discipline.

I haven’t been ‘over’ the picture above for more than a few seconds, a minute MAX, and this comes along:


My jaw literally hit the desk. If you did the same, we have similar taste, you and I. I should just end the post right now. RG’s Guide to Look at the Picture and Copy it and You’ll Be Totally Thrilled and Happy Forever.

But of course I have more to say…

V-Joint Is The King Of Ceilings


I did a whole post on this kitchen one year ago tomorrow: An Idea Kitchen – Close-Up Look One of the things I mentioned is the cool ceiling. Most T&G V-Joint ceilings are natural finished, and even more are simple and only feature the paneling…but this one looks great in conjunction with the beams and finished with paint!

The classic look is a bit more a-la-mountain-lodge:


This picture from Mountain Paradise Cabins is what I’m sayin’! This stuff can really look great! I’m pretty sure that is authentic reclaimed wood there. I love the idea of using reclaimed wood! It’s totally perfect environmentally speaking, and you can’t beat the look!

The Remodeling Guy Difference

There is no arguing the fact that I’m a little different. Just ask my kids, they’ll tell ya. But what I’m talking about here is how I seem to be different that so many “experts” in saying that this stuff is really no big-deal! You can do this if you want to and don’t let anyone tell you different!

It’s really no wonder to me that so many people feel discouraged about what they can’t do themselves when it comes to construction. When I go out and research before a post like this… I actually start to feel inadequate! Seriously, some of the videos and tutorials I see make me think I really don’t know what I’m doing!

I have to remind myself that my grandfather was a contractor, and that I’ve been a full-time professional remodeling contractor for the past twenty years! And even before that I learned on the job every weekend and every summer. Of course I know how to do it. But if I didn’t, it would still be easy.

I’m not going to give you a whole bunch of rules that you must follow to get a good job. It really isn’t rocket science we’re talking about here, much to the chagrin of some of the tutorial authors I read. You would think they were telling you how to do a heart transplant.

It’s really not that hard and you can make a mistake or two and not worry about it.

A Couple Of Videos

This first video shows a horizontal wall installation. It’s by a company that sells special paneling but the idea is very similar… the only difference is that with regular paneling, you have to have any veritical seams on a stud.


I thought about holding off on this second video until next week when we talk about beadboard, because that’s what kind of ceiling Tim Carter, from AskTheBuilder.com is installing. But the video just does a great job of showing the key points of tongue and groove. You’ll notice that he ‘blind nails’ the wood, and that when you’re doing a ceiling, it’s important to be sure you’re nailing the wood onto something solid, like roof framing. (with walls you can often glue and nail to just drywall)

Wood Ceiling Panel Video


Well there you have it! Next week, we’ll be talking about the widespread favorite, Beadboard!

I’m always willing to answer questions in the comments and I love to hear your thoughts!

RG’s Complete Guide to Wood Paneling

ImagePost #1 – Introduction

Post #2 – Overview of Paneling TypesImage


Post #3 – Board and Batten


Post #4 – V-Joint T&G (you’re reading this one!)

Post#5 – Beadboard Inspiration


  1. says

    Just finished watching the videos. I would love to try this in our next house on the ceiling. As much as I love the stained look of wood, I would love to try this on the ceiling done in white. I am thinking maybe I should start with a smaller project first though. Maybe beadboard or tongue and groove as wainscoting first. It really does look easy. I guess it’s all about measure twice, cut once, right?
    .-= Cheryl´s last blog ..It’s National Pie Month…. =-.


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