How to... Paint a Ceiling Speaker Grill

How to... Paint a Ceiling Speaker Grill

Taryn Williford
Jun 9, 2009

So you're finally the proud owner of a home and you're ready to set up the most rocking home theater that anyone on the block has ever seen. You've installed an enormous pull-down projector screen and set your space up with a wicked surround sound system, including the often overlooked ceiling speakers. But now you've got to put the finishing touches on the theater and paint the speaker grills to match the ceiling...

We spotted these simple instructions at

  1. If you've already installed the speaker into the ceiling, then remove the grill. You don't want any paint making its way into the speaker. Pulling it down from the ceiling also makes it easier to pain.
  2. Clean the speaker grill thoroughly. You won't get an even coat of paint if there's dirt and dust underneath.
  3. You'll need to thin out the paint that you'd like to paint the speaker grill with. Use a manufacturer-approved paint thinner to make sure that the paint goes on evenly and doesn't clump up to block any of the holes in the grill.
  4. If you're using a liquid paint, apply a thin layer to the grill with a small foam brush. If you're using a spray paint, use a light hand approximately 2-3 feet away from the grill. In either case, the key to to apply paint lightly and not block the vent holes in the grill. If you find a hole blocked by mistake, dab at the inside of the grill with a wet cloth.
  5. Allow the paint to dry completely before handling the speaker grill. When it's dry, re-attach the grill to the ceiling and enjoy your new camouflaged ceiling speakers.

If you're in the mood to hide more of your tech, check out this brick-wall-camouflaged satellite dish, these wallpaper-covered AV components or these speakers hidden inside real books.

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