Here’s a little project I’ve had spinning around in my head and finally got around to doing this weekend.
A magnet board made from vintage ceiling tin:
I have this big blank area on my office bookcase that was just screaming out for some functionality and design oomph. Of course, I can’t find the picture I took of the space WITHOUT the ceiling tin. Sigh.
I ruled out a chalk board and a pin board because I didn’t think I’d like the look of them. I have a substantial stash of this ceiling tin in my garage and LOVE to use it whenever I can.
The ceiling tin came from the old Sears building here in my little (historic) town of Butte. I am a member of the Citizens for the Preservation and Revitalization of Butte (CPR) and we got called over one afternoon to pick up a donation during the construction phase of the Sears buildings renovation. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw HUGE stacks of this gorgeous ceiling tin waiting for us to haul it off. If scraps of old historic materials were made of chocolate and caramel, then I was like a kid in a candy store. It was the motherlode of jackpots. I did my best to remain calm, cool and collected. It took several van and pick-up truck loads, but we finally got it all hauled away. Each summer, the CPR has a salvage sale in which it sells the donations of vintage doors, cabinets, hardware and when we get lucky enough, ceiling tin among other things. I purchased several pieces of this tin and use it whenever a good idea strikes!
Anyway, back to the project at hand. The first thing I did was cut the ceiling tin with tin snips to fit the width of my space. The length of the ceiling tin is pre-determined. Then we used a staple gun to attach it to the bookcase.
Then I cut my vintage trim pieces (also found at CPR salvage sale!) to fit the ceiling tin and mitered the corners. We used E-6000 glue to adhere the molding to the tin, as well as stapling it.
Easy peasy! Here’s the finished product.
I have other projects I’ve used the ceiling tin on that I’ll be highlighting in a future post.
What projects can you think of to use ceiling tin in your home?
Bye from the Bungalow,