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I’m thinking of replacing my vinyl overhead with wood slats that I would then paint white to get a nice classical look. I was wondering if anyone has done this before. If so, what wood did you use? It needs to be thin so that it keeps the weight down, but doesn’t need yo be tough or hard because it is simply hanging there. I’ve been looking at redwood lath (Im in CA) that is only 1/4 inch thick available in cheap 10’ strips, 2” wide. That’s the only cheap option I’ve gound. Once I saw that redwood was available I began considering not painting it but sanding and then varnishing it. Has anyone else tried out a wood-based headliner replacement? How’d it go, and where fid you get the wood??
 

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Wooden overheads can look classy, but dark wood can make the cabin feel dreary and crowded. That is why they are traditionally painted white or cream. Cedar strips would be lightweight as well as possibly lighter in color than redwood. Perhaps try looking up beadboard for more ideas.
 
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