May 25, 2011

Dining Room Ceiling Medallion

Confession: I have a bad habit of buying things for "projects" I'd like to do but then never actually get around to completing them until months later. Case in point: I had purchased a ceiling medallion for my dining room in the beginning of the year but only got around to putting it up a few weeks ago.

I don't have a very good before picture because, well A) I was excited to finally get the medallion up and B) my boyfriend started the project before I got home. However, I was able to dig up this old photo from sometime around Halloween (apologies for the horrible lighting).

I don't know if you've spotted it or not but there's some of the original builder beige paint showing towards the base of the pendant lamp. Why? Well, right after I moved in, I painted the tray ceiling yellow. Like school bus yellow. I didn't get a sample, I just saw the swatch in the store and bought a gallon of paint. It was awful so I re-painted it charcoal, which made the ceiling look like a black hole at night. Don't ask haha

After living with the black hole for a few months, I finally decided to paint the ceiling a bold color, hence the red. However, when I re-painted the it for the 3rd time, I just taped off the pendant lamp instead of taking it down and when I removed the tape, it peeled off that little chunk of paint. Cue the ceiling medallion :)

After taking everything down, we were left with this:

I didn't take any pictures of the wiring process because the power was off, it was hot and I was in a hurry to get things done. The wiring was pretty basic though, we just matched the black wires to one another and did the same with the white ones and then ground (grounded?) everything. We didn't screw the medallion into the ceiling since the pendant's base was smaller than the opening of the medallion, therefore allowing the medallion to rest on the base.

Once everything was up and the power was back on, things were looking much better!

I love how the medallion adds a little something special to the ceiling and I wish I would have put it up sooner because every time I walk into the dining room I catch myself looking up at it and smiling :)


  1. I'm not usually a red fan, but the way in which you used it here is really fun!

  2. I'm the same way when it comes to projects! I finally got some motivation and painted over the purple accent wall in the master the other day!

    Congrats on DIY-ing the wiring! I def couldn't have done that! And the after is fab!!!!

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  3. Hey, just getting around to reading up on my blogs...!
    Where did you find this FAB light fixture!?


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