two people installing panels for the tin ceiling
Photo: Kolin Smith
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How much do they cost? Simple, unfinished stamped-steel panels start at about $2 per square foot. Ornate ones with hand-painted finishes or panels made from copper can go for up to $17 per square foot.

DIY or hire a pro? If you have the patience and time to do a careful job, the panels are not difficult to install. But if speed is a priority, call a finish carpenter.

What are your finish options? Panels come unfinished or with factory-applied paint or clear polyurethane, or are plated in metals, such as brass.

Where to use them? Besides covering ceilings, tin panels can also be used for wainscoting, backsplashes, cabinet-door recesses, fireplace surrounds, even mirror frames.
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