I have popcorn ceiling throughout my home. I have been wanting to update and decided to try wood planks instead of removing the popcorn ceiling altogether. I wanted to try out in small space to perfect my skill, so I chose a small bathroom. Be careful to really check the boards when purchasing. You want the ones with the best look and grip.
Since I planned on nailing directly over ceiling, I marked the location of studs in ceiling. I trimmed the first board so that it would be a full board and then planned on staggering boards on even rows.
I started with the leftover piece from first cut and cut another board to needed length. I used finishing nails and nailed to studs I had marked earlier.