I hate drop ceilings. But they are convenient and, with our goal of giving the basement the cheapest makeover in history, I had to figure out how to decorate around our shabby drop ceiling. I decided to paint the drop ceiling the same colour as the walls, so the ceiling won't stand out and the basement will look cozy and warm. This basement will never feel tall or spacious so there's no sense fighting it; I'm going to emphasis its small size and make it feel like you could curl up here with a book or craft project. Plus, I'm not going to lie, I'm too lazy to cut in neatly.
The Best Way to Paint Ceiling Tiles That Cannot be Removed
We tried removing the ceiling tiles, but ours only move side to side (to access pipes, etc) so taking them down would have required dismantling the framework (too much work). After much cursing, tugging and general wriggling, we gave up. Next idea. I tried painting them in place, like a regular ceiling but the paint made the tiles stick to the frame and when they shifted a bit, I had weird cracks and peeling paint. Arrgh. More swearing. Next idea. With Hubby building walls and a nice, not-drop ceiling in the next room, I eyed some of his furring strips and we came up with this solution for painting drop ceiling tiles that cannot be remove:
- Prop up a few ceiling tiles with furring strips
- Using a large paintbrush, paint the edges and the frame holding the tiles
- Once paint is dry, drop the tile back
- Using a roller, apply paint to the middle of the tile
- Congratulate yourself with a Guinness, for outsmarting a ceiling
Success! I'm loving the painted ceiling because it blends it. I used a good quality primer and paint in one, so this job is fairly straightforward and only required one coat in most spots. For this project, you definitely want to speed up the process so I recommend a good primer and paint in one.