I stumbled upon your post today of the (craft studio) ceiling makeover and loved your idea for the skylights. I have the exact same situation in my master bedroom right now as our skylights were leaking so we took them out and replaced roof over them and have plywood staring at us now. I would love to implement your idea, could you give specific instructions as to what was done? Did you buy windows that matched the measurements? And did you just paint directly over the plywood? I'd love to know the specifics on how you accomplished it.
Thanks so much,
Good morning, A. It took me a good long while to figure out what in the world we were going to do about the plywood "holes" that were left in my craft room when we removed our old skylights. Yes, I just painted directly on the plywood, priming first. To get the faux sky effect, I used a base coat of "bridal" blue (a very light blue), and then on top of that, I painted on robin's egg blue mixed with a bit of glaze. Lastly, I stippled on the clouds using white paint mixed with glaze, blending it into the blue a bit. It took a few layers of the white glaze.
The next step were the "windows". We didn't buy actual windows, but we made them ourselves. There is no glass. We just lined the perimeter of each square hole with trim pieces (4 total, cut to fit). You can also add another layer of slightly narrower trim right on top of the first layer to create a bit of a recess and to beef up the frame a bit.
Next we added the grid. Only three pieces of trim created the grid - one long piece attached vertically and then two smaller pieces placed horizontally at the center.
We primed and painted all of the trim pieces before nailing them in place because I didn't want to risk getting a lot of white paint on the faux sky. After the trim pieces were nailed in place, we caulked the seams, puttied the holes, and carefully painted a final coat of white.
For us, there was already some moulding around the outside edge of the window (the old skylight) itself, so we just left it and didn't have to add anymore, but you certainly could if you don't already have it.
Here is where we began:
And the result: