How can I jazz up or change an office drop ceiling?


How do you upgrade or change a drop ceiling with the standard box lights?

  12 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jan 31, 2020

    Hi Kim, paint is always an option, you can paint the tiles one color and the surrounding frame another. I've seen basements where they painted out the entire drop ceiling in black matte paint and it gave it a really cool industrial look.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 31, 2020

    I have seen light box covers with a scene on them...tropical, beach. ..try Amazon.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jan 31, 2020

    If you paint the tiles, be careful to not saturate them as they will break down and sag if done in place. So take them out and lay them on the floor to paint and let them dry on the floor.

    The grid will rust at the cut edges when painted with latex paints & if you can ventilate the area properly, I would at least seal the cuts with an enamel.

    You can buy new tiles in all kinds of textures & colors and I would spend some time looking at both USG’s & Armstrong’s websites for ideas

  • Bushra Bushra on Jan 31, 2020

    We spray painted for us in the basement. It was getting awfully yellowish.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jan 31, 2020

    Depends what room that ceiling is .. Please provide more details

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Jan 31, 2020

    You can replace the tiles for an upgrade. I really like the new drop ceiling tiles that look architectural

  • I've seen more architectural type tiles if you're able to replace them.

  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Feb 04, 2020

    You take out the Panels and Spray paint the metal, after you do, you can also spray paint the Panels too. It looks like a New Drop Ceiling when you're through.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 05, 2020

    Hi Kim, you can paint it, and/or stencil it!

  • Maybe paint it a color that is different from the walls/an accent color?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 07, 2020

    Hi Kim,

    You could always add Contact to the under surface or use a glass paint. You could surround them with frames and PAINT THE FRAMES. Hang cristal's, or decoupage them etc. Take out the light fittings and have string lights or individual fittings, or go for a Luminated ceiling....

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Apr 30, 2021

    changing color will for sure help