How to Install Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles

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  • 4-12 hours
  • Beginner
  • 250-750
What You'll Need
Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles
Chalk Line
Measuring Tape
Cutter or Razor Knife
Vacuum Cleaner
Caulking Gun
Flat Knife
Straight Edge Ruler

Faux tin ceiling tiles add an aesthetic dimension to a room, giving it warmth and character. They are made of recycled paper, which makes installation easy. Not only do they exert no extra weight on the ceiling, but they are also eco-friendly. Follow these easy steps to install faux tin ceiling tiles.

Step 1 – Measuring the Room and Purchasing the Tiles

Measure the ceiling of your room before purchasing your tiles. Buy a few extra in case of any mistake during installation. Purchase the tiles in a color that goes with your room. You can also paint your own tiles. Always refer to the manufacturer’s specifications on whether or not the tiles can be painted.

Step 2 – Preparing the Ceiling Surface

As a safety precaution, turn off the circuit breakers at the breaker box to avoid electrocution. Remove all fixtures from your ceiling such as vents, lights, and fans. Store them carefully as to not damage any delicate glass pieces. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the ceiling. All of the dust should be removed so that you are working on a nice, clean surface.

Step 3 – Marking the Center of the Room

To mark the center of the room measure all four sides of the ceiling then divide by two. Once you have marked the center of the walls, from the center of opposite walls extend the chalk line and snap to get a line, do the same on the other walls and you will have a cross marking the center of the room.

Step 4 – Installing the Tiles

Begin installing the tiles from the center of the room, making sure that you have enough room on the sides to place at least half a tile. On the back side of your faux tin tile apply the adhesive in small dots using the flat knife. Don’t put too much adhesive and concentrate on the edges and the raised area. Some manufacturers recommend either stapling or cementing the tiles into place. Read the instructions that come with the tiles.

Step 5 – Working Around the Edges and Fixtures

To work around fixture holes, measure and cut the tiles accordingly, making sure to maintain the design of the tiles. To work around a small fixture, such as a chandelier socket, you can cut through the tile.

Step 6 - Placing the Edges

For the edges, measure the distance between the attached tile and the wall and mark it on a tile. Use a knife to cut the tile to fit, then glue it on. Repeat until the edge gap is filled all the way around the ceiling. If necessary, you can use the hammer to gently but firmly put the tiles in place.

Step 7 – Caulking and Finishing Up

Once the entire room is done, use the caulking gun and caulk between the tiles and let it dry. Then place all the fixtures back in place and your job is done.

Step 8 – Precautions

This job may require help, whenever working with ceiling installations, make sure your ladder is stable. To test the adhesive, install a few tiles before proceeding to make sure that the hold is firm.