How to Create a Faux Tin Ceiling

Faux tin ceiling.
  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-100
What You'll Need
Paint roller
Utility knife
Can of metallic spray paint
Paint brush
Fabric paint

Creating a faux tin ceiling is an economical way to add charm and intricate detail to your home without spending a lot of money. There are many ways to make one. As you get started, keep in mind that the finished product should look as close to the real thing as possible. It needs to be not only shiny, but also textured. If it does not have those two qualities, even the untrained eye will spot it as a fake. Here are a few pointers on how to create a very realistic faux tin ceiling.

Choose the Right Faux Tin Ceiling Option

There are several ways to create a faux tin ceiling. These include steel that has been coated with tin and then finished with a variety of powder coats. You can also use PVC. Another method is to stamp drop ceiling tiles and then paint them. The last method is to use wallpaper. This is by far the easiest the least expensive of all the options.

Choose the Right Wallpaper

If you have decided to make your faux tin ceiling with wallpaper, be sure to use textured wallpaper to avoid creating a ceiling that looks flat. The wallpaper should also be no more than two colors. Darker colors are preferred. Avoid wallpaper that has touches of fabric like felt or velvet.

Cutting Wallpaper for the Faux Tin Ceiling

When creating a faux tin ceiling, it is important to create the feel of actual tiles. In order to get the same look of the tiles, the wallpaper should be cut into squares. You will need a ruler, pencil and a utility knife. Choose an area on the wallpaper where the pattern is full and not cut off by an edge. Use the ruler to draw a square that is either 12 inches by 12 inches, or 24 inches by 24 inches, which are the standard sizes for a tin tile.

Cut each tile using the utility knife. You can use scissors to make the cuts, but you may tear the wallpaper. Scissor cuts could also cause the edges could also curl up, which will make affixing the squares difficult.

Affixing the Wallpaper

When you are creating a faux tin ceiling using wallpaper, paste it to the ceiling in the same way as you would normally with wallpaper. Apply the paste or adhesive to the back of a wallpaper square, and then press it to the ceiling. Use a paint roller to press it down. All of the tiles will be affixed in this fashion.

The Faux Finish

This very well may be the most important aspect of the faux tin ceiling. You need to purchase faux metal satin paint, in the color of your choice. It is usually brass, copper, or steel. They come in spray cans. Position the can about three inches from the ceiling, and spray the tiles in an even way with steady movement. Use a small brush and purchase fabric paint in a darker shade and paint between each tile.