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NYCbianchi 11-09-2012 11:31 AM

Installing a tile ceiling - lots of questions
I'm a total noob just getting started with lots of projects on a 200-year-old house, so forgive the basic questions here.

I've got a room with wallpaper on the ceiling and I think the best solution is to put tiles over it. (I stripped and re-finished the walls with joint compound but I'm not sure that's practical for the ceiling. Plus, tiles would look great.) I went to Home Depot who were happy to sell me these tiles but didn't provide any guidance on installation. So here are my questions:

1. Did they sell me decent tiles? I like the price (my enthusiasm for actual tin diminished when I saw how much they cost) but these seem like an anomaly since they are 1 ft x 1 ft and others seem to be 2x2 or 2x4 which might be easier to install.

2. What do I need to install them? I understand the general concept of laying out a grid with chalk line and adhering the tiles, but: (a) do I need to order any special type of adhesive? What works best? (b) do I need some type of clever strips to cover the joints or do these lock together nicely? (c) are there any tools I will need that I don't have on hand? I live pretty far from Home Depot or any other HW store and don't want to lose momentum because I need some random tool or tape.

3. How much of the wall paper do I need to strip off the ceiling before I glue up the tiles? I was hoping to use nail-up tiles but I think those are only expensive tin? Is that right? If I'm gluing up the tiles, can I simply scrape off the loose wallpaper and assume the rest is bonded pretty tightly to the plaster? How much do I need to get off?

4. Any other tips for someone who has never done this before?

bjbatlanta 12-05-2012 04:54 PM

Go to the manufacturers website for information on installation. I'm sure they have an 800 number too. I believe you'd be better off just putting another layer of drywall over what you've got unless you're into a big learning curve. I've never installed this product, but for 12"x12" tile on existing framing (normally 16" or 24" centers) you may need to add 1"x4" strapping on 12" centers for fastening the tiles. I'm just guessing the tile has to be stapled and/or glued to some type of backing to be solidly anchored. I don't think it's as easy as they made it sound. I agree it would look a lot nicer, but if you're not very experienced, it could be more than you want to undertake....

joecaption 12-05-2012 05:04 PM

#1 If a box store employee suggest it, it's most likly wrong.
Exactly how do you plan on cleaning this in a bathroom?

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