Antique Ceiling Tiles + Antique Mission Sideboard = Stunning & Unique!


May 26, 2015 by Terry

Mission sideboard 1I am in love with this piece!

I have been wanting to do this to a piece of furniture for a very long time now.  Just two things stood in my way … a) I couldn’t find antique ceiling tile and … b) I needed the right style of piece in rough enough shape to try it out on.

Believe it or not I obtained both the ceiling tile and the sideboard within a week of each other!  Lucky me!

Here is what I started out with…

Mission sideboard1This is after I had already given it a good sanding.  I tried to take the top down to natural wood.

The insides of the drawers were sticky with some sort of adhesive.  I think there was drawer liners in them that were removed and then left the sticky.

Mission sideboard 2The doors were missing the glass out of them which made them the perfect candidates for me to try to bend tin ceiling tiles around them.

Mission sideboard 4

Mission sideboard 3I took them to the hanger where my sweet husband works and he used a tool they have for bending sheet metal to form the ceiling tiles around the door frames.  They turned out amazing!!!

Mission Sideboard 4I painted the rest of the piece with MMS Milk Paint in a color I custom mixed by combining the colors Marzipan and Mora together.  I gave it 2 light coats of paint and sanded it with 400 grit sandpaper after it had dried.

I replaced the old hardware with some new white porcelain knobs and decided not to put any on the doors.  I didn’t want to take away from the detail on the doors  and the knobs just looked out of place on them.  Instead of pulls I installed a magnetic push/pull system on the inside of the doors (like what you’d find on glass doors  of an entertainment system) and it works perfectly!

Mission sideboard 3Mission sideboard 2To take care of the “sticky” issue inside the drawers and cabinet I used the pages out of a severely damaged antique book called “Little Savages” to line them.  This little old book had great illustrations and gave this already detailed piece even more character.

Mission sideboard 5 The paint patina on the ceiling tiles is so pretty and this piece turned out so well that I can hardly wait to try it again on another piece of furniture.

I decided not to stain the top of the sideboard and left it natural with a generous drink of hemp oil on it instead.

Mission sideboard 6Mission sideboard 5Once again …  Finding the beauty in something broken

Mission sideboard 1Smiles!


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20 thoughts on “Antique Ceiling Tiles + Antique Mission Sideboard = Stunning & Unique!

  1. So beautiful. And the soft color with the chippy ceiling tiles is perfect.


  2. What scores! You found exactly what you were looking for! And I love it’s makeover–Thanks for sharing!


  3. Very unique and pretty! I might have to copy you!


  4. This turned out so well! Great idea to use the ceiling tiles. Are they made from metal then? They add so much interest, beautiful!


    • Thank you! I love antique ceiling tiles and wanted to do more than just make them into magnetic message boards … this was a great way to display and reuse them in a different way. They are tin and quite lightweight. Thank you for taking the time to comment :0)


  5. Naomi S. says:

    I have always loved the antique tin ceiling tiles. Maybe because some of my favorite stores when I was a kid had them. Like the drug store and soda fountain I went to with my grandparents in the little town where we lived. Anyway, I love the way you used them with this little dresser. And they look prefect with the paint. Very nice job!


    • Thank you Naomi :0)
      Our old theater in town has them too and gives the building sort if a grand feel … it’s all in the details! Thank you for taking the time to comment! I hope you had a great weekend.


  6. Lucy says:

    Your piece turned out amazing with the tin ceiling tiles! I love things that are out of the box. Will you put knobs on the doors with the tin?


    • Thank you Lucy!
      I tried out many different variations of pulls and knobs and decided that it was best without. It looked too busy with the design on the tin and the chipping paint so I just went with a magnetic closure instead. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment!
      Have a great day!


  7. Hi Terry! I’m so happy to have found your blog via Blogtalk. I run two blogs and one of them is a feature site: – I would love to feature this beautiful and unique sideboard on DIYFM! Please let me know. :)


    • Terry says:

      Absolutely Jen! I’m flattered! So happy you found my site. I love finding new sites so I can’t wait to go check out yours :) I hope you have a great day!


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