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7 ways to repurpose tin ceiling tile

Turn vintage or brand new tin ceiling tiles into fantastic projects for your home!
  • Gather your tiles

    In the mid-19th century, North American manufacturers began making pressed tin ceiling tiles designed to mimic the molded plasterwork ceilings in wealthy European homes, and they became very popular around 1890. Today, you can find vintage tin ceiling tiles at auctions, online, and at your local architectural salvage store.

    You can also find new pressed metal tile, faux tin tile made from pvc, and even textured wallpaper made to look like antique tin tiles.The new versions come in many different finishes, and are often paintable for a custom look.

    Old or new, these tiles look great on ceilings, but they can be used for fun projects around the house, too!

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Tile headboard

    This easy DIY project adds big impact to a bedroom! Trace the desired headboard shape onto a piece of plywood, and cut out with a jigsaw. Use adhesive caulk to adhere tiles to the plywood. Use tin snips as needed to eliminate overhang, and fold the tiles over the sides of the plywood if desired. Be sure to grind down any rough metal edges (wear eye protection!). Paint if desired, and hang over your bed using a cleat. 

    Another way to achieve this look is to cut the tiles to the desired shape (or simply arrange tiles without cutting) and adhere them directly to the wall.

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Magnetic memo board

    If you find one or two tiles that you really like, or if you have tiles left over from a bigger project, this is a great way to use them on a small scale! Simply paint if desired, hang on the wall, and use as a magnet board!

    If the surface has enough smooth areas for writing, you could even paint all or part of the tile with chalkboard paint for writing messages.

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Dramatic frame

    Using tin tile as a frame makes a dramatic impact! Here, a small mirror is turned into the focal point of this entryway with the addition of a painted tile frame. The mirror frame and molding were painted the same color, and the tiles were simply nailed to the wall around it. Use this method to really draw attention to a favorite photo or piece of art.

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Fireplace screen

    Here's another project that makes a big statement with a single vintage ceiling tile. Since most tiles are 24" x 24" (although 12" x 12" and other sizes can be found), they are the perfect size for a fireplace screen. This example adds visual interest when the fireplace is not in use, and since it's built into a self-standing frame, it can easily be moved when it's time to light a fire.

    This framed tile would also make a beautiful piece of stand-alone art for display anywhere in the home or garden.

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Vintage chair upgrade

    Tin ceiling tiles give new life to these vintage metal chairs! The center of the seats and backs have been cut out, and tiles with an open pattern were attached over the holes. You'll want to make sure the tile is sturdy, especially for the seat.

    You could duplicate this project without cutting, however, by using adhesive to attach the tiles to the back and seat of a metal chair. 

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Retro backsplash

    Adhere ceiling tiles to the wall to create a simple, elegant backsplash in your kitchen! 

    For a whimsical look, choose several different tile designs and mix them up to create visual interest between counters and cupboards.

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015
  • Original intent

    Why not use ceiling tiles as they were meant to be used? The tin tile look is still just as fashionable today as it was in 1890. Vintage tiles are a great look, and new tiles can either be glued to the ceiling or installed into tracks like a drop ceiling.

    Date Published: September 29, 2015
    Date Updated: September 29, 2015

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