Projects with Old Ceiling Tin

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Corner Wall Shelf by Margo

This is an old corner piece from a tin ceiling. First I sealed the rust with a spray on varnish.

Then I added a square piece as a top and hangers to the back to be able to attach it to the wall

2 nails on the perpendicular walls of a small corner area

Hang and accessorize.

Ceiling tin as an insert

To dress up any old table just add some old ceiling tin.

You might need to trim it a bit, use tin snips for this, and be sure to wear gloves. To limit chipping of paint, seal it with a polyurethane that won't yellow.


Crafty Ladee shows her great Ceiling Tin Shelf. Notice how she finished off the sides and top. Nice Touch.


I love this picture from Tina56. The birdhouse uses several reclaimed Items. I see the tin roof, and an old door knob, Old gingerbread, and spindle for the stand. What great projects.

This is also from Tina. I'm not exactly sure how to cut the hole, but if you could get that done the rest would be easy. Just attach a mirror behind, and hang it on the wall.


Ceiling Tin Art

Karinlynne on HGTV Board submits this project

She Writes: "I took an old tin ceiling panel and purchased 4"x 4" blank canvases (the dimension of the design in the tile). I painted the 6 panels 3 colors to match my bedding and wall colors. I stenciled designs on them in the other colors of the canvases. I attached the canvases with Quake Hold so as not to destroy the rusty tin patina. We put it on the wall with mirror clips and it came out perfectly."


Tin Ceiling panels behind old shutters

For this project, I simply took these shutters

that I had picked up at a garage sale. They were originally designed for fabric panels and had no slats. I painted them and then I cut a piece of ceiling tin, that I had, into 3 parts. I then mounted the ceiling tin to the backside of the shutters with nails. Being careful to line up the panel between all 3. After playing with several ways to hang them I decided to attach them all together and hang as one piece. They could also be separated and/or hung at different levels.

What did I do with the other shutter? See below.

For this project I took an old shutter that was missing it's insert, I added some old ceiling tin in behind it, and some old trim for a top shelf. I painted it all to match and then distressed it with some sanding. Then I added some recycled hooks to finish it off.

This was the front of an old radio. I painted it, added a shelf, and put an old piece of ceiling tin behind it. I was stumped for awhile as to what to put behind it. I thought of stained glass, but couldn't decide on what color, then I thought of lace, or velum. I finally decided on the tin and I think it's perfect.


Used as an insert on this shabby cabinet door

Instructions for Ceiling Tin Shelf

Here's how to make a shelf from an old piece of Ceiling Tin. First you need to get a piece that was formerly part of a tin crown molding. These can be found at flea markets, junk shops etc. I paid $10 for a piece and was able to make 2 shelves and 2 small brackets. The method for shelves and brackets is the same. The piece of tin will look like this:

Then cut 2 pieces of scrap wood, into this shape. Use the curves of the tin to get your exact cut:

Then Nail the tin to the side pieces

Attach the shelf to the top, Use a piece of scrap wood, and cut it to the length and depth that the tin allows. Then nail it to the top of the end pieces, and then bend the tin up to meet the wooden shelf using a hammer. Then Nail it to the top shelf piece.

You'll have some tin left hanging off the bottom. Use a hammer to bend this tin backwards behind the shelf and nail it down.

Paint, and distress and you are done.

The process is the same for a longer shelf
You could use a little caulk to fill in the gaps on the side if you want.
Helpful hints: The best way to bend this metal is with a hammer, Use gloves when working with tin. Use tin snips to cut it to the size you want. Sand the rough edges of the tin, and hammer down the corners so they won't be so sharp. When painting, paint the edges of the tin as well, this will make it less sharp.