Make Your Own Tin Ceiling

December 18, 2008

architecture, interior work, smart fixes

This house was built in 1855, and it has seen very little renovation since then (except for a horrifying kitchen redo in 1970 and a tsunami of wall paneling from the 1960s). I like to open up the walls and ceilings, here and there, to see what’s behind. (Any excuse to ditch that lousy wall paneling)

A few summers ago, I took down the sagging, water-laden drop-ceiling panels from my garage (we’d sprung a leak in our garage roof that year), and found an old tin ceiling above. Wow! It was beautiful!

Old Tin Ceiling

Unfortunately, very little is salvageable. It has a lot of rust and water damage. I peeled off a few panels but they cracked when doing so. So far, most of the old tin ceiling remains in place; I’ll probably take it all down when I renovate the garage into a family room or something.

The garage used to be a kitchen, way back when– before they had cars, lol. There are still remains of the very old wallpaper from the late 1800s behind the 1960s paneling. It’s like stepping back in time! There are several layers, and some of the old wallpaper is flocked, or has gilded, hand-painted flecks, and such.

I like the tin ceiling effect. I was disappointed that I couldn’t reuse the pressed tin from the garage. I have a very large dining room, and I wanted to “do up” the ceiling with tin. But the tin is way beyond my budget. I got this bright idea to use textured wallpaper on the ceiling, to simulate pressed tin.

I did this several years ago (WHAT A JOB that was! You think it’s hard hanging wallpaper on walls, lol! Try a ceiling! It will burn fat faster than you can say “Leptovox.” Thankfully, ithe job was made easier when I got some helpers involved). So several years later, the wallpaper is holding up remarkably well!

Wallpaper Ceiling

Dining Room Ceiling

My dining room is a beautiful, warm ruby red. The deep dark color helps to stabilize the room, because this room has four windows and six doors. It’s a busy room. I painted the wallpapered ceiling with just a whisper of pink paint. The room glows.

That green garland you see is my makeshift crown moulding (which is on my To Do List yet). The garland is wrapped around the perimeter of the room to hide the ugly wallpaper seams against the top of the wall. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing. And it’s cheap!

So if you have a hankering for those nice old pressed tin ceilings but can’t afford to cough up the big bucks, try textured wallpaper. I just love the effect, and everyone comments how nice it is.

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7 Responses to “Make Your Own Tin Ceiling”

  1. Karen Says:

    It looks very nice. It does make my neck hurt a little just thinking about putting wallpaper on a ceiling.

  2. Karen C. Says:

    Gorgeous! What a great idea!

  3. Lisa365 Says:

    Very neat! I think the tin ceilings are gorgeous too. With the red, white, and green garland – it looks like a Christmas room! hehe šŸ™‚

  4. kipstreg Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous.

  5. ToteNTots Says:

    I just love tin ceilings. I love the craftmanship you find in old homes; it is too bad so many of them end up being in bad neighborhoods and fall into disrepair.

    The room looks great.

  6. chilly Says:

    Awesome job on the wallpaper/ceiling. I never thought of using wallpaper. I to like tin ceilings, but like you said, out of my budget. šŸ˜‰

    Hi There! Have a great week! šŸ™‚

  7. Bonnye Manning Says:

    I professionally install many, many pressed tin paintable wallpaper ceilings (Brewster brand) and paint them most often high-gloss white latex. We do have requests for deep rich tones as well as metallics such as copper or pewter. I like the Brillant Metals two-step paint process from Lowe’s. Works well.