Update Your Drop Ceiling!

by Suzi
I was so tired of my ugly drop ceiling, but I didn't want to spend thousands on a new ceiling!
First, take out your old tiles and measure them. Then head to Lowes to pick up some wainscoting. (I chose 4x8 panels in a washed gray color for $20 each.
Have Lowes cut your wainscoting to match the size of your tiles. Paint the grid to match your new tiles (I used a .99 sample jar of paint), then put your newly cut wainscoting pieces in the grid and Ta-Da!! You have a new, improved ceiling. I also plan to add crown molding for a little extra wow:)
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  • DONNA S DONNA S on Jun 02, 2017

    Did you have to prime the grid prior to painting it?

  • Michelle Gardner Culver Michelle Gardner Culver on Dec 05, 2017

    I know this is an old thread, but what about replacing those lightweight fiberglass tiles with new acoustic tiles (heavier style). Will the grid/framework hold up or does it need to be re-enforced ahead of time?

  • Jan Jan on Dec 27, 2017

    Has your ceiling bowed yet?

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  • Patricia Kobar Abbott Patricia Kobar Abbott on Mar 07, 2017

    Love it, have same tiles, great update for my lower level family room!


    Thank you for this old post. This brilliant idea is exactly what I was looking for. I will be getting started on it asap. Probably I will start with just a couple of tiles just to see if it is something I can handle

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    • Suzi Suzi on Jun 06, 2018

      Not heavy at all-they are the faux wood!