How can I disguise artex ceiling? I have no time or money.

by Kim
I need to cover two badly artexed ceilings cheaply and safely.
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 07, 2015
    In my opinion I dont think you should cover this,I think you should look into removing it. There probably is bad chemicals in there which are a hazard to your health.
  • Z Z on Oct 07, 2015
    If it was installed before the mid eighties, I'd leave it be, as it more than likely has asbestos added to it. Believe me, that's nothing to mess with, as I saw what it did to my Daddy's lungs just from working near it, never with it. His lung X-rays were almost all black from the slow decay from the asbestos he inhaled while repairing airplanes during WWII. I suggest you contact the HSE in the UK and find out what is the next step you should take. I tried to read the UK Control of Asbestos Regulations of 2012, but with other legal stuff, it was all Greek to me. I know in the US at one time they said it was better to leave intact asbestos in place, instead of removing it because in breaking it up to remove it caused the particles to become airborne which once inhaled is very dangerous. It's a known carcinogen and you don't want to mess with it.
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    • Z Z on Oct 08, 2015
      @You're very welcome Kim. I hope you find an easy inexpensive way to make it look more pleasing.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Oct 07, 2015
    Kim I had mine tested for asbestos and lead before removing it. Like @Z said you can't take any chances...I just lost a friend to Mesothilioma. She and her brother got it from the asbestos fibres their father brought home from his job when they were children.
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    • Z Z on Oct 10, 2015
      Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving.
  • on Oct 08, 2015
    You can cover it with faux tin ceiling tiles. They're pretty cheap and fairly easy to DIY. You can see how one HomeTalk user used them to transform her ceiling here:
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    • on Oct 09, 2015
      @Kim We are here to help! Have an awesome weekend.
  • LD LD on Oct 08, 2015
    The easiest and cheapest way is to have them skim coated. If these ceilings date back to the mid 1980's and before contain white asbestos in order to strengthen it.
  • Cathy Bailey Cathy Bailey on Oct 08, 2015
    How about covering it with fabric? Muslim is very inexpensive and comes in wide widths. White sheets can be dyed. Just staple it up or use brass colored tacks.
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    • Kim Kim on Oct 09, 2015
      Hi Iike both of those ideas I haven't seen tin tiles here in uk but will look into it
  • Jan Munroe Jan Munroe on Oct 10, 2015
    The foam tiles also insulate and look like the tin tiles. They are made in Sweden I think, Anyway, in Europe somewhere. LOL
  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Oct 10, 2015
    If you want to remove it see Otherwise, cover your ceiling with ceiling tiles. Google "ceiling tiles" to see what's available. They can be purchased online or look into your local DIY stores.