Faux Antique Ceiling Tiles

Faux Antique Ceiling Tiles

Use designer Kim Myles’ instructions to breathe new life into your ceiling with faux tiles!


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Materials
Foam ceiling tiles – About 27 tiles per 100 sq. ft.
Rubber gloves
Plastic drop cloth
Cream paint with primer – Interior FLAT
Paper towels
Decorator paintbrush
1/2-inch round mop artists paintbrush
Small paint roller
Bronze water-based metallic glaze
Gold water-based metallic glaze
Upholstery gun and staples
Wood and foam molding adhesive with dispenser
Craft knife
Ruler
Tape measure
Pencil

Instructions

Preparing the Tiles:

  1. Measure the square footage (width X length) of ceiling to be tiled, and calculate how many Styrofoam tiles will be needed to cover the ceiling. About 27 tiles cover 100 sq. ft
  2. Lay down a plastic drop cloth to cover and protect a well-ventilated area where the tiles can be painted
  3. Put on rubber gloves. Apply the cream paint with primer to each Styrofoam tile using a paintbrush and roller. Allow time to dry completely before moving to next step

Tip: Use a paintbrush to get into the nooks and crannies of the tile and use the roller for a smooth finish.

Antiquing Effect : Using a decorator’s paintbrush, apply the bronze and/or gold glaze sparingly to the tiles using irregular brushstrokes. Smear the bronze and gold glaze with a paper towel to create an aged effect. Allow time to dry completely. (See image below)



Tip: For a darker look, apply more bronze than gold. For a lighter look, apply more gold than bronze. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Just have fun!

Attaching tiles to the ceiling:

  1. Choose one side of the ceiling as a starting point. There is no right or wrong side but a shorter side is best. With a tape measure, find the center of the ceiling’s edge and mark it with a pencil. This will be where the first tile is centered and attached to the ceiling
  2. Apply wood and foam molding adhesive in thick lines around the edges and center of the first tile. Press the tile onto the ceiling making sure it’s centered with the pencil mark. Secure the tile in place using an upholstery staple gun
  3. Repeat Step 5 adding tiles to either side of the center tile until the row is complete

Ceiling edges (If there is extra space remaining between your tiles and the wall edges):

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  1. With a ruler, measure the extra space between the tile and the edge of the wall
  2. Using a pencil and ruler, mark the back of a tile at each end with your measurement and draw a line. Cut along the line with a craft knife to size your tile
  3. Mount the adjusted ceiling tile using the same process as the rest of the ceiling

Light fixtures (If there are light fixtures on the ceiling):

  1. Measure the base perimeter of the light fixture
  2. Measure the space from the nearest tile to the edge of the light fixture, then measure the space from the nearest side tile to a second edge of the light fixture. These will be your spacing measurements for marking where the light fixture base should go in Step 14
  3. Mark your measurements from Steps 13 on the back of a tile. Mark the light fixture base perimeter on the tile, making sure that it touches the edge of both spacing measurements as a guideline for placement See diagram below:

  1. Use a craft knife to cut out and remove the piece of tile where the light fixture base will go. Make an additional straight line cut from any edge of the tile to the hole so the tile can be opened up and slid around the light fixture
  2. Mount the adjusted ceiling tile using the same process as the rest of the ceiling

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