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Tin Ceiling on a BUDGET

Looks Like The Real Thing

AF Faux Tin Ceiling copy

Inspired by the beauty of tin ceilings but don’t want to pay the high price of real tin? Not sure how to get the tin look without bankrupting your wallet? Would you like to learn how to get the Tin Ceiling on a budget? Read On! You won’t believe what this was made from. 

Many of my clients think that tin ceilings are expensive and a luxury for the wealthy and in many cases they are right. Tin ceilings can get a little pricy running between $10-$50 per panel, not to mention the cost of installation.

A more affordable alternative can be achieved with faux tin (Embossed wallpaper) and it looks like the real thing.

Let me walk you through the steps. It’s really easy and will save you a lot of money.

What you will need

The first thing you’re going to need is embossed wallpaper. There are many places you can find it. I found mine on Amazon. The measurements for this ceiling was 12×15 so I bought four double rolls. You’re also going to need wallpaper paste, a wallpaper brush (to smooth out the paper) and a sharp utility knife.

embossed wallpaperwallpaper paste

Applying the wallpaper

I’m going to give you a link to go to to learn how to hang wallpaper because I took the easy way out and hired someone to hang it for me. I’m a decorative artist/faux finisher not a paper hanger. I’ll be the first one to tell you I don’t like hanging wallpaper. So my motto is “Do what you love and hire someone to do the rest”. HOW TO HANG WALLPAPER

ceiling before

Painting the wallpaper

Once the wallpaper is applied let it dry over night. Then paint two coats metallic paint. I choose Olympic Gold. As you can see I also painted the air condition vent. If you’re going to paint the vent you need to spray it with primer first. Then paint on the gold metallic paint.

Gold PaintGold pain


Let the paint dry then apply the stain with a chip brush and  rub it off with a clean rag. Try not to over lap.

Faux TinStain

If you have any questions or need some help selecting colors join my group “Ask Cheryl Phan” and I’ll be glad to help.

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