I bought this ceiling medallion on Craigslist three years ago, before I had a place for it. I moved it three times to different homes; I let it take up space by leaning it against the wall, but I never used it. I’ve finally found a place for it in my office, and the wait was worth it.
My office is quite bare; it doesn’t even have curtains yet. (But bare is better than a project dumping ground, which is what it was before.)
I have things lined up in the garage waiting to get spray painted. I have curtains to make and hang, other light fixtures to replace, and hundreds more projects waiting to be finished. Instead of focusing on one room, we’re redoing all of the rooms in this house at once. Progress seems slow until I look back at our original house photos.
It is insanely gratifying to have finished something with big impact. This is the kind of project that you notice the difference with less than an hour of work.
Ceiling medallions can be made with heavy plaster, but this one is lightweight polyurethane. If you need to give it a fresh coat of paint, use spray paint for even coverage.
Apply Liquid Nails or other construction adhesive and glue it to the ceiling.
Now this is where other normal people would tap in a couple of nails to hold it to the ceiling while the adhesive dries, but we were reluctant to put holes in it. We propped it up with boards and old pillows. Naturally.
You’ll want to go around the edge with caulk to make it seamless with the ceiling.
The vintage chandelier was a gift from my neighbor who lives down the street. I found the ceiling medallion on Craigslist, but if you buy it new, this one is almost just like it.
The room’s ceiling height is the standard eight feet, but that didn’t stop me from using this oversized medallion. It makes the ceiling look higher.
This project feels like real progress.