Simple Fix for Problem Ceiling

5 Materials
$220
1 Days
Easy

Our house was built in 1970 and was a fixer upper when we bought it 22 years ago. Raising 5 young children, however, was our priority. When it came time to finally start fixing it up, we were met with some challenges, one of which were our ceilings. Old popcorn ceilings that needed updating BAD! This is the solution I came up with and absolutely love it!
Both ceilings I have done had holes from the previous owners moving light fixtures. The bedroom ceiling had a popcorn ceiling covering up the holes, which I found out after scraping all the popcorn off. UGH! The Dinning Room had 2 holes, one from the light fixture being moved, and the other from a wood burning stove pipe that had been removed. Both were a real mess and patching, sanding, and texturing to match the rest of the ceiling just wasn't my idea of fun. So ... I searched high and low for something simple to cover it with, yet still look nice.
I found an online store called Talissa Decor. They specialize in all sorts of ceiling tiles, wall panels, and wall murals Using different kinds of materials. We chose the 20" 20" Polystyrene ceiling Tiles which can be applied over popcorn ceilings as well as over other materials.
simple fix for problem ceiling
After searching for something to fill the need, I finally came across a company called Talissa Decor. They specialize in ceiling tiles, wall tiles and even wall murals using different materials and patterns. We chose this pattern for the Dinning Room using their 20" X 20" polystyrene tiles. They answered all my questions and helped me determine the exact number of tiles I would need (plus a few extra for boo-boos). Great company to work with. This is my 2nd project using their ceiling tile products.
simple fix for problem ceiling
After assembling all the materials, I took the light fixture down, then used a chalk line to find the center and mark where the first tile would go, making sure it was square with the room. Then the fun began. With the putty knife, smear a thin, but adequate, layer of the Acryl Pro over the back of the tile and then stick the tile to the ceiling in the center where you marked it to be square. Continue the process, butting up each tile to the one before. I used a soft rag to make sure all the air bubbles were out and it was secured to the ceiling. Be careful. Polystyrene is easily dented but I didn't have any trouble with that.
simple fix for problem ceiling
One of the holes near the light has already been covered, you might see the edge of the other hole, which has been roughly patched (not sanded) as it was quite big. to the right of the tiles.
This process took longer than usual as I am a stay at home grandma taking care of a 1 year old granddaughter and 2 grandsons at the same time.

simple fix for problem ceiling
We are very happy with the end result. We plan to do the Living Room and 2 bedrooms to cover the popcorn ceilings in them as well.
simple fix for problem ceiling
This is the bedroom ceiling which we did several years ago. We are still loving it.
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3 of 42 questions
  • Erk11409930
    on Apr 4, 2018

    We have electric heat; can you use these tiles with a heated ceiling?

  • Nadine Richards
    on Apr 6, 2018

    How expensive for tiles????????

    • Vicky Corey
      on May 13, 2018

      Nadine, the post says $220.00. You should be able to look the product name up and get a price. I hope this helps.

  • BlueCatBlu
    on Jun 17, 2018

    Looks really nice. Just a question. I was told polystyrene tiles are dangerous to have in a house, especially during a fire. Toxic fumes and the drips from the polystyrene when it's on fire causes more fires. Or is polystyrene different now?

    • Pam Burley
      on Jun 22, 2018

      If you are concerned about fire, then I would suggest avoiding this product. Personally, and having gone through a house fire years ago, this is the least of my concerns when it comes to possible fire. As always, take safety precautions around outlets, heaters, etc. The tiles I chose are made of the same material as styrofoam cups, only thinner and less porous. I would avoid using these in a kitchen.


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  • Sharolyn T
    on Mar 10, 2018

    Wow...so pretty!! Love this look. Awesome job too. Us Grandmas can still overcome the things we come against!! You are an inspiration to a lot if us!!😄

  • Janice Batton Norwood
    on Apr 8, 2018

    You did great!

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