PICS: redo 1960s acoustic tiles and exposed beams ceiling

Bridget HelmNovember 10, 2012

Hi. I posted this over in remodeling as well.

Anyway, we are interested in purchasing a house that was built in 1960. It needs some TLC - kitchen and bathroom updates along with a new ceiling. It has acoustic tiles. They are 12x12 white squares. But there are also exposed beams which I love, but I'm just trying to figure out what may possibly be under these tiles and what kind of project and funds would be involved in a new ceiling for this retro home.

Of course, if we'd purchase, I'd get a contractor and estimates etc. I'm just trying to decide if we should rule it out or not. Does it seem like it would just be a process of removing the tiles and then floating sheetrock? I'm sorry that the pictures don't show the tiles themselves, but you can see the beams. That's what makes it different. Usually you see these tiles with no beams. Do the beams complicate things? What's in a ceiling with a house that has exposed beams?

Ok. Sorry. I'm all over the place. What say you?

Thanks ladies and gents!

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Imhappy&Iknowit IOWA zone 6b

Can you take a picture of it? I can't tell anything by those pictures. Nice house.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 9:49PM
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Imhappy&Iknowit IOWA zone 6b

I had a thought. It would be quicker, cheaper and cleaner to put up some paintable wallpaper over that tile. It comes in various finishes. If the tile was asbestos it wouldn't matter and you wouldn't have disposal problems/cost. It wouldn't matter what was behind the tile. The paper would be so thin it wouldn't interfere with the beams.

Here is a link that might be useful: paintable wallpaper

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 11:02PM
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Imhappy&Iknowit IOWA zone 6b

Do you think you could live with something like this?

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 3:03PM
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Bridget Helm

hi lovmkitchen. i thought i had replied to you, but I must have forgotten to hit submit after previewing my response. oops.

anyhow, thanks for the idea. is that picture really of wallpaper?! it totally looks like wood! it looks great. however, since we now know that the tiles were recently glued to the sheetrock, i think we would want to pull the tiles down ourselves then have a drywaller smooth out the mud afterwards.

great idea, however. i will keep in mind for my friends in older homes. many are slowly renovating older homes. they range from craftsman to 80s ranch with popcorn ceilings to Victorian. your pic has a nice look to it that could work in many settings

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 10:21AM
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