How to Install a Tin and Beam Ceiling

An old ceiling is restored with new beams and tin tiles.
HRIPR211-_Mantle-Ceiling

HRIPR211-_Mantle-Ceiling

After:  Resurfaced beams with tin tile insets restore some character back to this old farmhouse.

After:  Resurfaced beams with tin tile insets restore some character back to this old farmhouse.

Materials and Tools:

sledge hammer
crow bar
tape measure
jigsaw
utility knife
drywall gun
plaster knife
1'x1' chrome tiles
drywall
spackle
corner bead
drywall screws
construction-grade adhesive

HRIPR211-Ceiling-before

HRIPR211-Ceiling-before

Before:  The ceiling was flat and boring.

Before:  The ceiling was flat and boring.

Steps:

1. Remove all furniture and appliances from the room.

HRIPR211-ceiling_stripped

HRIPR211-ceiling_stripped

2. Using a crow bar and sledge hammer, tear down all the plaster or drywall from ceiling to expose the ceiling beams.

3. After clearing out the debris, the beams can then be measured and fitted for drywall.

4. Using a utility knife, cut the sheets of drywall to size.

5. Attach the drywall to all three sides of the exposed beams using drywall screws and a drywall gun.

HRIPR211-Ceiling-drywall

HRIPR211-Ceiling-drywall

6. Use the same process to drywall in between the beams.

7. After the entire ceiling is covered in drywall, attach corner bead onto the edges of the beams. This will create sharp, uniform edges on the beams.

8. Spackle the holes and corner bead until smooth.

9. Once the spackle is dry, the ceiling can be painted.

10. Measure the insets for the ceiling tiles.

11. The tiles must be cut to fit the measurements of the ceiling. This is done by first drawing the measurements with a pencil and then scoring the line with a utility knife. After the sheets are scored they will snap off accurately. A jigsaw with a metal-grade blade can also be used to cut the tiles.

HRIPR211-_Ceiling

HRIPR211-_Ceiling

12. Use a generous amount of construction-grade adhesive on the backside of the tiles.

13. Place the tiles directly onto the ceiling.

14. Once the adhesive dries, the ceiling is complete and lighting can be added.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Install a Planked Wood Ceiling

Add architectural detail and rustic, farmhouse charm to a builder basic bedroom with a tongue-and-groove planked wood ceiling. This is also a great way to cover up dated, cottage cheese ceilings or a sloppy drywall job.

Kitchen Cabinet Components

Get the information you need on the different components and accessories available for custom kitchen cabinets.

Add Interest to Your Ceiling and Walls

Learn about details that pull a living room style together: beams, molding, wainscoting and trim.

Kitchen Cabinet Door Accessories and Components

Dive into the range of available kitchen cabinet door accessories and components, and create a kitchen with style to spare.

How to Grow Ginseng at Home

Follow these tips to grow this exotic perennial in your own garden.

How to Install French Drains

Divert groundwater from the basement or foundation with the help of gravel and fabric.

How To: Installing a Fire Pit

A backyard gets more warm and hospitable with a stone firepit.

How to Properly Paint Your Home's Exterior

Give your house a fresh, updated look with exterior paint.

How to Build a Home Theater

Want a movie-theater experience in your home? Learn how to build a home theater with step by step instructions from the pros at HGTV.com

How to Install Crown Molding

Install crown molding to add visual interest and value to your home.

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.