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Do It Yourself or Not: Cover up a ceiling grid

Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Content Agency on

One of the best ceiling coverups is tiles set in a metal grid, especially in a basement to conceal pipes and wires. But the metal grid can become pitted and rusted over time, so you have two options. You can remove the tiles, and prime and paint the grid for a fresh new appearance. Or option two is an easier solution: Use grid covers, made of high-grade PVC plastic. The pre-notched covers provide a seamless transition at the cross-tees where they intersect and where the grid meets the wall.

GridMax covers are designed for either 2-foot-by-2-foot or 2-foot-by-4-foot grid systems and they’re sold online and at home centers. You’ll find them in a variety of finishes.

To install the grid covers on 300 square feet of ceiling, a handyman will charge $264 for the labor. You can buy the grid covers for $175, install them and pocket a 34% saving. It’s a quick-fix project that you can do in a few hours and get almost instant results.

Tip: If the tiles are discolored, give them a facelift with paint. Remove the tiles from the ceiling grid, lay them on a flat surface and use a primer, such as Kilz, followed by a flat latex paint applied with a roller.

Pro Cost: $264 — DIY Cost: $175
Pro time: 2.6 — DIY Time: 4.0
DIY Savings: $89 — Percent Saved: 34%



To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com and m.diyornot.com on smartphones.

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