By Michael Swiderski, Ph. D.More in Blog Cabin
To accommodate ceiling lights, ceiling vents, fan boxes and smoke alarms, measure carefully and, with tin snips, hand-cut openings in tin panels to ensure a snug fit.
Builder's Tip: It may be necessary to lower the ceiling fixture boxes to the level of the furring strips. Some modifications to the fixture boxes may require an electrician if the DIYer is unable to make the adjustment.
Apply panels down the furring strips, working toward the light and/or the wall with the narrow panels. These panels must be carefully cut to fit snugly against the wall.
Builders Tip: When cutting the stamped tin ceiling panels at Blog Cabin 2011, a cutting table and cutting guide were set up to cut clean and straight panel lines with a circular saw.
When all ceiling panels have been installed, reattach the ceiling fixtures using the electrical safety tips provided above.
Some stamped tin ceiling projects are finished with crown molding, decorative switch-plate covers or ornate medallions around center-of-the-room drop lights or chandeliers. A wide array of accessories like cornices and corner miter box embellishments can give the room a more finished look.