Learn how to create a Faux Tin Tile Ceiling!

I am in the process of doing an office makeover and started on the ceiling.  I was searching the internet for different ceiling ideas.  I found some really great ceiling makeover options and most of the options were very expensive.  Even though my office space is very small the ceiling options ended up being more money than I wanted to spend.  My final decision was a makeover with a faux tin tile ceiling. 

Come see how to creat a Faux-Tin Tile- Ceiling - Designed Decor

This post contains affiliate links.  Please see my disclosure policy for details.  

office makeover-

This is how the office ceiling looked before the makeover.  This space is not original to my 1927 home, it was added on the back of our house by a previous owner.  The other ceilings in my home are all a textured plaster, so this foam tile ceiling does not fit with the character of my home.  I loved the look of a tin ceiling and thought that would be in more character of my home, but the price.  I  originally was going to stencil on a raised pattern tile that would fit in the 12-inch tile squares, and I could create the faux tin finish.  I was ready to start the stenciling, had the stencil and the embossing cream ready to do the project and decided this was WAY too much work and went to plan B.  


Paintable-Wallpaper- Tile Look- Wayfair.comPlan B:  Use wallpaper that looks like tile and do a faux metal finish.  I found this Anaglypta Paintable Wallpaper from Wayfair.com.  This was the answer to make my ceiling makeover easier.  

Faux tin tile samples


I experimented with different types of finishes that I wanted the ceiling to look like.  I tried a few different colors and techniques.  I actually hung them on the ceiling so I could visualize them in the space and left them up there for a few days to see them in daylight and at night.  

office design plans- swatch samplesI decided on this sample above.  The dark gray faux metal finish pulled out the colors from the desktop finish.  I will share the desktop transformation project next week.    

ceiling trim

I started by removing all the wood trim that was on the ceiling.  I numbered the pieces in the order as I removed them so I would know exactly where to place them back up.  

wallpaper ceiling prep

Since I was placing the wallpaper over the existing ceiling, I needed to fill the seams with ceiling putty.  I did not want the wallpaper to show the seams of the foam tile.

hanging wallpaper on ceiling to create faux tin tiles

Once the seams were all filled, we placed up the wallpaper.  I painted the base coat with Sherwin Williams SW7019 Gauntlet Gray using a paint roller.  Since the wallpaper is textured, I needed to paint a second light coat of the base gray color to make sure all the white wallpaper did not show through.  After painting the ceiling, I was a little concerned on how the dark gray paint darkened the room.  I fully expected it to darken the space, but decided it would be fine since this space had full windows on 2 sides.   

Diy-Faux-Tin-Tile-Ceiling using paint and wallpaper

I did a dry brush technique using General Finishes Pearl Effects in Argentine Pearl.   I wanted a brushed metal effect, so I used the dry brush technique and applied it in a random pattern.  

faux tin tile ceiling-before-after

I absolutely love how the faux tin tile ceiling looks in the office.  The concerns I had about the dark ceiling all changed once I applied the pearl effects.  The faux metal finish does reflect some of the light as it bounces off the ceiling.  The ceiling gives this space such warmth and a designer finished look.  I will be sharing all the other office makeover projects in the next few weeks and share the final reveal.  The best part of this makeover was the price.  I priced a tin tile ceiling and for the 144 square footage in this space, the cost is $689+, my cost with the wallpaper and faux finish is $218 that is a $471 savings.  

Make sure you check out my other office makeover posts! 

Galvanized Metal Paint Effect

Shoe Tray

Antique Wall Map

Paper Countertop Makeover

Handkerchief Window Valances

Office Reveal

Join the DD Community!

Socialmediabutton 200x200

Join the Designed Decor Community and receive weekly free tips on DIY home projects, painted furniture, decorating, and much more.

Gain Free Access to the DD Community! Powered by ConvertKit

3 Responses to Learn how to create a Faux Tin Tile Ceiling!

Please Donate by Bitcoin 1GFnpLABsedzHnZXFjaxW1eZbmmnxJq9Pi