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Nadja and Sean of American Four Square Renewel took our “wallpaper on the ceiling” cheat one step further, painting it copper. And the pictures look amazing! We’ve thought about doing a copper-colored fake tin ceiling in our living room, so I had to bookmark their post.

Copper ceiling - fake tin tiles

You might recall that we did a quick fix on our downstairs bathroom ceiling about two years ago, using a similar textured wallpaper. We don’t have pictures to share because we painted ours white so it doesn’t photograph well. But in person, you’d never imagine it was paper.

This paintable textured wallpaper is available at Sherwin Williams and Home Depot, among other places, and costs about $15/roll. It’s also available from most online wallpaper sources. Search for “paintable wallpaper” and you will find plenty of style options.

I am happy to report that our bathroom ceiling “quick fix” remains intact – despiate having to deal with 6 months of steamy showers with no air vent. (This was our primary bathroom when my brother lived with us, and it started out ventless.) Our wallpaper has two layers of high-gloss white paint on it, and all of the seams and edges were caulked prior to painting. The caulking is probably not necessary in a regular room, but since it was the bathroom we didn’t want to take chances. It also helped to completely hide the seams.

It was somewhat painful to put up – wallpapering over your head is frustrating – but it’s well worth it for a “tin” ceiling on a dime!

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

Sara had this to say on 03.23.07:

I just posted a picture of my tin ceiling today. They are pricey.It took a lot of convincing to get my husband to spend the money! I also have a faux tin ceiling in my dressing room.Instead of wallpaper,we used ceiling tiles that were imprinted with tin ceiling designs,I painted mine gold.

nadja and sean had this to say on 03.24.07:

Thanks guys! I’m glad you liked it! :)

Kristin had this to say on 03.27.07:

Hmmm, now I’m thinking of places in the house where this would look cool.

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