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Old 08-08-2012, 02:34 PM   #1
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drop ceiling makeover?

I was wondering if anyone could tell me if I can attach wood trim to my existing ugly drop ceilings? I have the metal track and would like to use 1x3's or possibly cut my own strips, but not sure how to fasten it to the metal...
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:04 PM   #2
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If the metal is thin just use drywall screws.If they dont work get a metal screw that has the cutter end on it.
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Mkae sure that it is well enough supported.
May have to add extra wires to the ceiling,
Also 1x3 may be hard to get to lie flat with just a screw in the center.
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Peel and stick wood grain shelving paper would be cheap and work a whole lot better then strips of wood.
You do know there's dozens of other options avalible for the rails and the drop in panels not just those ugly white ones.
Outwater.com has quite a few of them in there catalog.
Or just Google for some info.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:55 AM   #5
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I am assuming yours is an acoustical tile ceiling with a grid or is it a dropped drywall ceiling? Either way to a point...

I usually do not agree with Joe when it comes to replacing wood with vinyls or whatever but I think with drop ceilings you really run the risk of making things look worse trying to faux it up it to not looking like what it is.

In this case I agree that putting some sort of wood tape over the channels would look better than butte fitted 1x3 and would certainly be much cheaper. I guess if you wanted to aim for purity you could get wood veneer tape and stain and finish it.

There are systems like WoodTrac that try to offer better looking drop ceilings.
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