I hate drop ceilings. But they are convenient and, with our goal of giving the basement a makeover for as little coin as possible (I'm talking pennies), drop ceilings and I have to learn to love each other. Sadly, ours looked awfully shabby, so I decided they'd get a lick of paint. I opted for the same colour as the walls, so the ceilings won't "pop" and the basement will look cozy and warm. Plus, I'm not going to lie, I'm too lazy to cut in neatly.
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 some of 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 plain 'ole ceiling. 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:
- 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! It works pretty well, although I can only do about 6 tiles at a time - unless we were to splurge on some extra furring strips. I'm up against the clock because Hubs needs those furring strips soon, so I better get cracking. But I'm loving the painted ceiling because it blends it. Yup, this makeover is all about concealing, masking and drawing the eye away from the uglies.