Hit the ceil­ing

Age poly­styrene tiles with paint, can­dle wax and sand­pa­per or steel wool.

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1 Poly­styrene ceil­ing tiles are avail­able at hard­ware stores and look just like the real thing. To weather them, paint them in dark grey wa­ter-based paint and leave to dry.

2 Ap­ply craft paint in rust or ham­mered metal colours to the raised parts of the tiles. Al­low to dry com­pletely.

3 Rub a piece of can­dle here and there over the raised parts. Take care not to dam­age the poly­styrene, but also make sure you rub a rea­son­able amount of wax onto the tiles.

4 Ap­ply a coat of white wa­ter-based paint over the tiles – also paint in the grooves be­tween the raised ar­eas.

5 When the paint is just dry, rub a piece of steel wool over the sec­tions where you ap­plied the can­dle wax so the paint comes off in these ar­eas. Be care­ful not to dam­age the poly­styrene. Stick your com­pleted tiles onto the ceil­ing, or use them as a head­board or against a cup­board or wall.

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