There is nothing more beautiful than walking to an old Victorian-era building and seeing the gorgeous aged metal ceiling tiles. Between the stunning hues of turquoise and blue oxidation on copper tiles and bright crimson rust coating on aluminum tiles, aged ceiling tiles add a warm and wholly unique look to a design. Luckily, these gorgeous patinas, developed over years of age and wear, can be yours with a simple DIY project using a little paint, some simple tools, and your creativity.
Steps To DIY A Patina On Unfinished Metal Tiles
- Decide on the look you want. You can pull inspiration from design magazines, local historical sites, or even your favorite gastropub.
- Once you have your design in mind, you’ll then need to pick out and order your tiles. We have hundreds of gorgeous options at Metal Ceiling Express in a variety of textures, patterns, and finishes.
- Next you will need to gather your supplies. You will need a stenciling paint brush, a stiff sponge, a variety of acrylic paints in the hues of your desired patina, a towel, and a clear varnish spray.
- Lay out your tiles on a painting. It is best to work outside or in a well-ventilated room.
- Start stippling the paint on to your tiles with the brush and sponge, applying thin layers at a time and overlapping and mixing colors. You can also use the towel to wipe off excess paint from the surface relief.
- Don’t be afraid to let the paint crack or chip off while it dries. The more rugged the paint effect, the more natural it will look.
- After you’ve applied the paints and gotten the look you want, spray them with 2-3 layers of clear varnish and letting dry between coats.
- Once you have completed your newly patinaed tiles, you can install them like normally. Also don’t limit yourself to just using this DIY project for your ceiling. You can also use these patinaed tiles as decor elements in your home, for a unique finish on furniture, or even to create a statement wall. So if you’re looking for a great way to make your new metal tiles to look like they’ve been there for years, try this easy DIY project.