Our next project in the I Street House was to remove the wallpaper on the living room ceiling. Yes, it is true. Back in the day, they wallpapered all surfaces including the ceiling. We knew this wallpaper would be tough to remove because the same stuff on the wall held tight and we ended up priming and texturing right over the top. (Check out my prior post “Can you Paint Wallpaper?”). After spending a couple of hours scraping and scraping, we decided to cover it with a tin ceiling.
We ordered ours online from www.americantinceilings.com. Because our ceiling was lath and plaster, we chose the Snaplock 24″ x 24″ tile. The tiles attach to the ceiling with drywall screws that are hidden in a channel when the next tile snaps over the top. The ceiling was super easy to install and the website has a video you can watch as well. The most important thing is to get the first row straight and then the tiles just pop together. When you have to make a cut, it is easily done with a good pair of tin snips. It is a little pricey. We spent about $800 on this small room, but the impact of the tin ceiling is worth it.
There are many color and trim options to choose from. We decided to trim it with crown molding to save some money and it looks great. This tin tile would also be great to use on an accent wall or as a kitchen backsplash. So the next time you have stubborn wall paper to remove, remember, you have some options!