Installing Ceiling Tile

13 Nov

One of the most common places in your home that will get overlooked when you’re doing remodeling projects is the ceiling. We’ve had the amazing opportunity to do a product review of styrofoam ceiling tiles from These 20×20 styrofoam ceiling tiles are incredibly light weight, durable and can be painted (and re-painted!) with any water based paint. Which means if somewhere down the road you decide you want to change things up, you can paint right over them again!  Made of extruded polystyrene (high density Styrofoam), these tiles are waterproof/moisture proof. The tiles can be installed over existing ceiling finishes, including popcorn ceiling and stucco eliminating the messy, costly process of popcorn ceiling removal. Because of the high density styrofoam structure, these tiles can also aid in insulation and sound proofing. It is installed easily with  liquid nails or construction adhesive and we’ve created a video to show you just how easy they go up!
We installed style R-32 from While Ceiling Tiles By Us has many styles and options to choose from, we decided to paint ours white. This specific tile does come ready in other colors as well, we wanted white to keep a subtle elegance in our bathroom and walk-in closet.
We laid a tarp down in our garage for the painting process. If avoidable, paint somewhere away from wind/breeze because these tiles are light weight! 20x20 ceiling tiles are PAINTABLE and repaintable- see our amazing bathroom transformation at

We laid out the tiles out and with a simple paint roller, applied a water based white paint. ceiling tiles are easy to paint using water based paint

The tiles are easy to cut, and we successfully did so using household scissors! ceiling tiles are easy to install, light weight but durable and waterproof/moisture proof... adds installation and sound proofing

Now that we’ve prepped the tiles for installation, let’s get started (see video below).
One of the first things to consider when installing ceiling tiles, is where to start. You don’t want to start off with a main focal point being a cut or partial piece. You want the focal point to be a whole tile.
Apply the adhesive on the corners and a gallup in the center. Firmly press the tile to the ceiling, and hold for a few seconds for the adhesive to grab.
Once you have every possible whole tile installed, it’s time to measure and cut for the partial pieces. Dry fit a whole tile, and use a marker to mark where it needs to be cut. Using household scissors, follow your marking and trim the excess portion. Then apply your custom fitted ceiling tile just as the others were.

The end results are stunning.

Our half bath:
Update any space with CEILING TILES from

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Our master bath:the most common overlooked space when remodeling is the ceiling. Add a stunning elegance to your space with ceiling tile from

the most common overlooked space when remodeling is the ceiling. Add a stunning elegance to your space with ceiling tile from

As my 3 year old put it “Mommy! Look! It is so beautiful! Thank you mommy, this makes our house sooooo wonderful” (Not kidding. Actual quote from Jolene.)

Ceiling Tiles By Us also offers crown molding, so our next step is to purchase molding from them to finish this elegant look. 

15 Responses to “Installing Ceiling Tile”

  1. Kanoe November 13, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    I want to be like you guys when I grow up

  2. Cathy Patten November 13, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Looks great. Great idea. I think I’m going to try it. You make it look so easy.

    • Mandy November 13, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      It really is easy! Especially because this company makes them in light weight but high density styro foam so you can cut them with household scissors. That takes all the time consuming work out of it! Jonathan probably wouldn’t have agreed to do this with me if it hadn’t been simple haahaha

  3. Paula@SweetPea November 17, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    I love the antique look of your ceiling. Thanks so much for sharing with this week’s Throwback Thursday party.

  4. Donna Wilkes November 17, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Very beautiful tiles – it really makes a big difference.

  5. GlamorousMommy November 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    It looks beautiful!! Really transforms any space! Thanks so much for sharing at our All Things Thursday blog hop <3


  6. Sarah November 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    I love these antique tin tiles- so gorgeous! Thanks for linking up at the Foodies and Crafties Soiree!

    • Mandy November 19, 2013 at 7:19 am #

      the best part is that they arent tin! Stryofoam! can you believe it? Adds insulation AND is easier to install because it’s not tin. also offers PVC tiles and styrofoam crown molding- check them out!

  7. Ginger November 19, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Looks great! We are planning on doing the same thing this winter because we have a stain and popcorn ceilings. Ew yuck!! It’s great to see your experience with this ceiling treatment. Thanks for sharing at Gingerly Made’s Show & Tell.

  8. Kathy November 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    This looks awesome – beautifully done! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  9. Handy Man, Crafty Woman November 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Congratulations! You’ve been featured on Wicked Awesome Wednesday! This bathroom redo looks so easy! Great job on the instructional video! Feel free to stop by the website and pick up your “I’ve Been Featured!” button!

  10. Linda November 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    THANK YOU for this tutorial. Very awesome. I’m thinking a few of our ceilings need this, starting with my bedroom. Best wishes for a wonderful family Thanksgiving. Linda

  11. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. November 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    I agree with Jolene – sooooo wonderful!

  12. Dr Grist October 6, 2015 at 3:51 am #

    I wonder about applying these to a plaster ceiling that is already beginning to bubble, crack (and soon drop)… It seems to me that the styrofoam panels, just being glued to the surface, would just give way with the plaster when it goes … In fact, might add enough weight to make it happen sooner? Thoughts?

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