Tuesday, January 13, 2009

How I Used Antique Ceiling Tiles...

I used them as inset...
in my kitchen cabinets!

Years ago, a dear friend from Far West Texas gave me a box full of antique ceiling tiles. I love tin tiles...but I especially love these because they were originally in an old store in Balmorhea, Texas...I love Balmorhea! (Balmorhea is this tiny desert town which is located in the foothills of the Davis Mountains...and is home to the famous Balmorhea State Park's famous artesian pool which is fed by San Solomon Springs.) So several years ago, when we are were renovating our kitchen, I decided to make our kitchen special by having our cabinets built around the tiles! Tin tiles could also be used as an insert or cover for glass front cabinets.






I just included this picture because I thought the
reflection of the chandelier was interesting...

Now when we move...
I will want to take my cabinets with me!









20 comments:

ajunkqueen said...

What a great idea, you arent planning on leaving them soon? I grew up in Monahans, Texas spent lot's summer's at Balmorhea watering sking and playing around that lake!
Renee

Cher said...

Ooohh, they remind me of stained glass panels. Very nice!

The Texas Woman

Sie said...

This is one of the best uses of old junk I've
seen on any blog.

Breathing Beside Us said...

Fantastic!!!!
XOXO Deb

Nathalie Thompson said...

I should say you're taking them with you! I love the custom carpentry done for the ceiling panels. VERY nicely designed doors!

Teresa Porter said...

Wow Malisa! i love what you have done in your kitchen.

Teresa

The Junkin' Yaya said...

LOVE IT!!!! Don't ya just love old tiles...I know I do. I had my ceiling at the Yaya done in ceiling tiles....I did want to use old ones, but thought better...because I would have to take them with me if I left! :)

see ya soon...xo...deb

trash talk said...

Each set of doors looks like an old pie safe. Clever my friend. Hey, just don't move. Problem solved. Tn'T BTW I'm jonesing for a game. See what you can dream up.

Sue Jackson said...

Wow,I've seen a lot of antique ceiling tins in "my time", but never any like those! They are totally awesome and I'm very jealous. I have vintage ceiling tins on my kitchen ceiling and in my bathroom. But those tins, well, they are the best damn tins I've seen in a very long time!! Take care, Sue

Malissa said...

I really love your cabinets. The patina on the tiles is awesome!

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I love ceiling tiles. I have never seen tiles quite like those. Great idea using them in your cabinets.
Love the look of your blog. I love the brown background!
denise

Margo said...

The tin looks great. I fixed my buy now buttons on my blog. Sorry for the mix up.
Margo

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http://robolady.blogspot.com/

Sydney said...

I can see why you would want to. These are really beautiful! Good idea.

Tinsell and Whimsy said...

Wow........how resourceful......my favorite thing...... to find new uses for old materials. Have to think about that one where my husband is concerned. You are on a roll.......which room are you going to next.

Stacey Steimle said...

I like how you incorporated them into your cabinet fronts, very clever.

cheryls fascinatingfinds said...

Love that idea with the tin, they look great and your grandkids are precious!
Cheryl

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Jaw dropping amazing. Wow! ~Mindy

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

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The Muse said...

i can surely see why you want to! great job...i love thinking outside the box!

Woman in a Window said...

Totally cool. Old tin brought back to life and cabinets given a foothold in time. Love this!