Monday, February 21, 2011
Vintage Ceiling Tiles
Whew I am glad to finally have this project done!! I started this project about a month ago, and for some reason it's just taken me a while to get done!
It started with these fabulous vintage ceiling tiles I found for 40% off $40 plus an additional 20% off! Total cost $19! I thought that was a steal (please don't burst my bubble if you've found them cheaper).
Yes, they started out as a rusty, nasty, mess, but the detail on them is ah-mazing I started by spraying them with Rustoleum Rusty Metal Primer. I wanted a brown primer so it would show through when I sanded them.
Tip: If you find vintage ceiling tiles already painted, spray them with a coat of polyurethane to keep them from chipping since they may have been painted with lead paint.
My hubby bought me this really cool spray gun! These took a while to paint, and this definitely saved my finger!
After the primer had dried completely I spray painted them with Rustoleum Heirloom White. It actually took about 4 coats. I sanded them down so the brown would show through and have a rustic look.
My wonderful hubby cut them in half for me using a 4.5 inch grinder with a cut off wheel. What a great guy. :)
I hung them up on the wall and immediately realized that they needed something else. They looked a little dinky.
Then I stumbled across this post from House of Smith's and thought.... *light bulb* .... I'll just make frames for them!!
Was that an adventure. I will leave that one up to Shelley to tell you how to do it. After much TLC they did turn out fabulous and I'll know exactly what to do when I tackle this project in the future!
One thing I've learned - sometimes design just happens. Totally unintentional, projects go wrong, measurements go awry, nails don't quite fit right, and the project quickly goes in a different direction.
Originally the ceiling tiles were going to be mounted to the back of the frame. I won't take you through that painstaking process, but it just didn't work out!
Thank goodness!! I like this so much better!!
What do you think??