So, you have limited cash and you want to cover stained ceiling tiles in your basement family room, main floor, or wherever they are.  You have looked in the home improvement store, and almost any solution requires you to rip down those tiles and start again right?

Zinnser 03688 Covers Up Stain Sealing Ceiling Paint, White
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specifically designed for stained ceiling tiles.

 

Well you don't have to do that.  Maybe one day when your bank account looks a bit healthier, but for now you can work with those older style stained acoustic ceiling tiles.

Step 1 - Are They Secure? -  are not going to fall down?.  The first step is to make sure they are in fact still stuck to the ceiling and are not falling down.  If you hae just purchased a new yet gently used home and it is from the 70s or 80s, chances are it has those ceiling tiles installed.  It was an affordable way to install a ceiling.How to Cover Stained Ceiling TilesCredit: Amazon

It can be a lot of work to take them down, so if you happen to notice they have stains on them, then don't dispair there are ways to cover these.

Don't assume ceiling paint will cover them, because it won't, those sneaky stains will work their way through and you will still see them, sometimes even worse than before.

Step 2 - Has the Cause of the Stain Been Fixed? - If these look like water stains, then you need to confirm that you don't have any leaks in the plumbing, but if you have been living in the house a while, and these stains look old and dry, chances are it was simply a spill on the floor above that worked its way to the basement ceiling a long time ago.  But confirm they are bone dry to the touch, or you may need to address a plumbing issue.

As a kid in my parents 50s house, it was all oak hardwood, that was waxed rather than varnished, and I remember spilling my drink.  The hardwood floor was cleaned up instantly, but a few days later we noticed it on the basement tiles in the ceiling below.  It didn't take much to get through the cracks of the hardwood.  Now most hardwoods are varnished and tighter, but still you must clean up spills right away.

 

Zinnser 03688 Covers Up Stain Sealing Ceiling Paint, White
Amazon Price: $5.99 Buy Now
(price as of Aug 30, 2018)

This product can totally transform your ceiling.  It is the perfect DIY to update and freshen those nasty brown and ugly stains that form on those tiles.  

Replacing a ceiling is expensive, so give this a try first.  You will be pleasantly surprised as Zinsser is an awesome product for covering stains.  NOTHING seeps thru.

Step 3 - Cover all the Floor Surfaces Before You Get Started

You don't want to get this product on the floor coverings or the walls.  This is as easy as heading to the dollar store and getting the plastic paint sheets to hang on the walls with painters tape and something for the floor.  

Unless you are planning to paint the walls to, this is a necessary step but so worth it!