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« on: January 09, 2008 07:09:00 PM »

Hello! We have drop ceilings in about 1/3 of our house. They are really horrible and made of some fbrous crap. Getting new ones sounds boring. I was thinking I could cover them in fabric, painting them is not really an option with these. They are peeling paint in spots from when somebody else tried that.

Alternatively, can you guys think of something else I could use instead? Do I need to make sure the material I use is fire-retardent or anything? I figured the fabric is just as flammable in the closet...but my husband is nervous about me putting it up next to light fixtures. I thought we would just want to remove them before we moved in, but they were really handy when I was doing the plumbing. you just pop em out and all the pipes are easily accessible! Thanks in advance for any help.

« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008 10:32:26 PM »

Do light fixtures really get that hot that they could start fabric on fire? 

I remember seeing this Trading Spaces episode once, long ago, where they were dealing with a drop ceiling.  If I remember correctly, they painted the braces silver and replaced the panels with wood.  It wasn't expensive wood, could even have been laminated plywood, but it looked expensive.  They put a dark cherry-walnut stain on it and it actually looked good. 

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