How to Install Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles Video

Faux tin ceiling tiles are becoming a popular ceiling décor among people that want to move away from traditional painted ceilings to more trendy alternatives. They can be installed on any size ceiling and are easy to handle. In addition to this, they complement any furniture or fixture according to your preferred selection. In this video you will see how Jose and Milan install the Antique Copper Faux Tin Tile in room with white walls.

Tools and Materials Needed

  1. Antique Copper Faux Tin Tiles (see tip 1 below for calculating how many you will need)-model 210
  2. Contact Cement
  3. Foam Roller
  4. Wax Paper
  5. Paint Brush
  6. Screwdriver (flat point and Philips)
  7. Hitachi Dual Side Compound Saw
  8. Black Marker
  9. Paslode Cordless Nailer
  10. 10.  Wooden Crown Molding
  11. 11.  Oil-based Primer for Molding

12. Oil-based Paint for Molding

13. Old Sheets or long sheets of paper

14. Deglossing Product

15. Paint Brushes

16. Cord

17. Tape Measure

18. Stepladder

Suggested Material Stores

Home Depot


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Preliminary Steps

  • Remove all of the furniture in the room to facilitate movement during installation. If you do not have any storage space, then try to arrange the furniture in a manner that makes it easy to get around the room.
  • Use the long sheets of plastic to cover the furniture (this is to prevent soiling and damages if there is an accident)
  • Clean the wooden mold and once you are finish apply a deglossing material. After this is dry (see product instructions for time) apply the oil-based primer and let it dry for about an hour. Once this is finished, then you can apply the oil-based paint. The paint that you choose should match the tiles or the room color. Use the black marker to mark the white edges of the wooden molding.

Extra Tips

Tip 1: Simply use the measuring tape to measure each side of the ceiling to know the length and how many wooden moldings you will need. You may also measure the sides of the floor if you prefer.

Tip 2: The number of tiles that you need to buy will depend on the area you intend to cover. To calculate the area of the ceiling simply measure the length and width and then multiply them together. After this, divide the total area by the area of one tile (4square feet) to get the number of tiles you need. Don’t forget to add 15% overage to your total.  If you have a large house then you will need to divide the ceiling into smaller areas to make it manageable.

Tip 3: Remove all fixtures from the ceiling by using the most appropriate screwdriver.  As an extra precaution, you should ensure that the circuit breaker is off before you start removing the fixtures (that last thing you want is to be electrocuted!). The ceiling should be clean and free of any chips or old paint.

Installation Process

Step 1: Look at your ceiling and determine the order you intend to follow to install the tiles. The easiest and best alternative is to start from the middle of the ceiling. In the video, you saw that Jose and Milan started from the doorway because the chandelier they removed was located in the middle. However, you will need to adapt the installation process to suit your ceiling layout

Step 2: Simply measure the midpoint of the ceiling corner and use a nail to mark it. You will need to follow the same process for all sides. Once this is done, use a cord to mark the middle of the ceiling by connecting one end of the cord to the nail and the other end to the other nail at the opposite side of the room. The cord should be stiff and not loose. Repeat the same process for the next two corners.

Step Three: Now that you have marked the middle of the room it is time to start installing the tiles. First you will apply Contact Cement to the roof and also to the tiles and let this dry for about 15-20 minutes. However, you will also need to mark the midpoint at each corner of the tile to ensure that you get a perfect fit.

In the video, Jose and Milan started from the area the chandelier was removed since it would act as a medallion. You may have a different situation, so it is important that you understand your layout.

Step Four: Once you have laid the first tile then it is time to lay the rest. Put the wax paper on the underside of the tile and move it in direction of the design and not the edge of the existing tile. When you have accomplished the perfect line up, then remove the wax paper.

You will need to press firmly against each tile to ensure that it is perfectly set in place. You can use a piece of cloth to accompany the embossed patterns while pressing against the tile. Do not apply a lot of force!

Step 5: Once the tiles are all laid out, then you will notice that the area from the wall to the last tile does not have a perfect fitting tile to install. For this, simply use the measuring tape to measure the outline that needs a tile. When this is done, transfer the dimensions to a “whole” tile and cut it according to your measurements.

Step 6: Try to install the tile first without any Cement Contact to ensure that it is a perfect fit. Once there are no changes, then apply Contact Cement and press the tile firmly against the ceiling.

Step 7: Now that the tiles are all in place it is time to add the final touches to the edges of the ceiling. This is where the wooden molding comes in! If you are working alone you can use the Paslode Cordless Nailer to nail the middle of the wooden molding to the wall and then 12 inches on each side of the first nail. This will make it easy to move around without having someone else on the other end holding the wooden molding in place.

Step 8:  With all the wooden molding in place it is time to put the fixtures back and turn on the circuit breaker.

More Extra Tips:

Tip 4: Dark tiles are best for rooms that have walls with light colors. This type of color combination adds more character to the room and does not obscure natural lighting.

Tip 5: The wooden molding you buy should be of the highest quality and properly treated to avoid termite infestation.

Tip 6: The installation process you saw on the video was for rooms with regular shapes. If you have a ceiling that is not rectangular in shape or with a square-like aspect, then finding the middle can be a challenge. However, for ceilings like these you can estimate where the middle is located.

Main Advantages:

Durable: Faux tin tiles will last as long as the building remains standing. This reduces maintenance costs considerably and dispenses the need for frequent renovations. In addition to this they are non-flammable, do not attract termites and are waterproof.

Light Weight: The tiles used in the video are all light weight and easy to move around. You can use heavier tiles if you wish, but will need assistance to move them from place to place. This characteristic also makes them easy to install as well.



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