Installing beadboard paneling OVER old drywall ceiling?
Forgive me first if this is a repeat topic. I found several postings about beadboard planks but haven't found quite the answer I'm looking for...
We have a 1952 home that we purchased 3 years ago. We just started on a kitchen remodel. The old drywall/popcorn ceiling is less than ideal. It has stress cracks in a few places as well. We are honestly afraid to repair the drywall due to the history of just such an attempt in a neighboring room, the den. We tried repairing that drywall ceiling and it basically fell apart! We had to replace the whole ceiling before it was all over. What a nightmare it was! The insulation above happened to be the old loose kind that fell everywhere...making it all the more enjoyable :(
Anyway, enough about that old situation...and on to the next!
We want to install the beadboard panels over the top of the old drywall ceiling. I plan on painting it a nice, crisp white and of course doing crown molding throughout. Has anyone here experienced such a project? We're thinking about using furring strips (securing those adjacent to the ceiling beams first) and then nailing the panels to the strips. Does this sound crazy? or logical? or just plain mad?
Thank you ahead of time for anyone's thoughts or suggestions!