The electrical inspection passed yesterday, which gave Chris and Ryan the go-ahead to install the cedar ceiling boards.
I'd spent the previous weekend pre-staining the cedar. I figured staining them at waist level in the garage would be much easier than wielding a brush overhead on a 9' ceiling. I had a good system going in the garage. Throw three boards up on the sawhorses, stain, then toss 'em over on the drying rack.
The deck boards and railing are composite and aluminum because I want a no-maintenance deck. Since the ceiling boards are not exposed to any weather, I decided on this tight-knot cedar. I'm glad I did. Check out this shot of the ceiling: