Bouncing off the Ceiling

My arms are tired.

Why? KB and I were up until midnight wallpapering the old acoustic tile ceiling in our office. The square, speckled tiles were dated, yellowed, and gross; it was time for them to go.

Acoustic Ceiling Before

But while we wanted them gone in the worst way, we didn’t want to tear them out and risk getting into a project over our heads (no pun intended). Instead, we decided to cover them up. We originally thought to plank them a la The Lettered Cottage, but when my mom suggested paintable wainscot wallpaper we decided to give it a go.

Allen + Roth Paintable Beadboard Wallpaper

The project isn’t quite finished, so we’ll be back on Monday with a full how-to (including our first time lapse video!). It’s already starting to look great though.Wainscot Wallpaper Progress

We’ll take care of the remaining bubbles tonight and give the whole ceiling a few coats of fresh, clean white paint. My mom, who’s used this product on most of the ceilings in my childhood home, says that once we get the paint up, the dark outlines of the ceiling tiles won’t be visible.

What are you working on these days? Have you ever seen a wallpapered ceiling? Does your 1940s-50s-60s home have ugly acoustic tiles?



  1. mom says:

    Looks great, you two……While it’s not the best possible fix for those ugly ceiling tiles, it is relatively cheap, and an easy fix…, those tiles, if truly from that era, can contain asbestos, which makes removing them even more problematic……You both make me proud!!!…..You may be an engineer, and that talent came from your dad, but the love of DIY came straight from me!!!!…..Keep up the good work, your little house is soooooo cute and well done……

    • Jessica Beals says:

      Thanks, Mummy! We’re so glad you suggested using this paper! It worked out so well! Now we just have to figure out what to do to get you to come down and help us with the tiling. Dad can come too and he and Kev can play with electrical in the attic!

  2. Your Completely Awesome Sister says:

    I like this! It’s very cute and much better alternative to ripping the old ones out! I’m sure Fievel was a big help with the wallpaper too!

  3. Erica says:

    Hi :)
    I just found your blog via Pinterest and am now following on Bloglovin’ :) What a great blog you have! Thanks for sharing your transformation of your “little house”… so inspiring to see what you’re doing with your space :)

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