I tore out some old ceiling tile and discovered toungue and groove ceiling underneath. The ceiling is painted and in decent shape however there are gaps in it anywhere from a nickel to two nickel widths wide. This ceiling was installed in 1860. Here is what I thought I might do and would appreciate any feedback:
1) clean out the gaps, remove old chunks of paint and dirt 2) silicon or caulk the gaps and paint the ceiling white
I thought that the caulking would flex in the expansion and contraction of the wood and that if i just slapped the paint to it w/o caulking, I would have cracks every winter when the wood dried out. The wood is pretty brittle and splintery so a complete removal is near impossible. Any tips from someone whose been there and done that?