Here's a short reels video showing the before/after.
Finally!! Have you ever wanted to fix something but knew it would be a huge pain?! That's how I felt about the *horrible* gap between our dining room chandelier and the ceiling. We installed this chandelier as a quick update when we moved in, but found out quickly that 1955 electrical boxes are smaller than the boxes used today.
I asked our electrician about it last time he came out to do some work, and he quoted me over $500 to replace the box. I was so ready to fix the gap, but I also didn't want to pay that much when I had other projects where that $500+ could be used.
So I opted for a ceiling medallion! It's a bit of a quick fix, but it also adds some character to our otherwise plain dining room. Eventually I want to add a wall treatment/molding and then will update the dining furniture, but I haven't gotten that far yet. ;)
I ordered this ceiling medallion from Amazon for about $30. It's super lightweight and there are quite a few designs and sizes available. As I mentioned, this light fixture was already installed, and I (my husband, who would have had to redo the wiring!) did not want to uninstall and reinstall it to add the medallion. So I opted for a "split" medallion...it comes in 2 pieces instead of 1. Perfect.
Here's a before photo from Christmas...you can see the gap above the chandelier.
I had to research the best way to install the medallion...of course everything I saw said to uninstall the light fixture, but I'm a rebel, so I didn't. I did, however, turn off the power to the dining room before messing with the electrical box!
I only used a few supplies for this project:
- caulk (not construction adhesive or liquid nails)
- finishing nails
First, do a dry fit and make sure you like the way everything looks. I liked the color of the medallion in relation to my ceiling color, so I didn't paint it, but if you are painting yours, paint it before hanging.
Next, apply your caulk to the flat side of the ceiling medallion and a small amount on the inside where the two halves will connect. The reason that you don't want to use construction adhesive or something really strong is that we want a little wiggle room so your medallion can slide around a little before finalizing it's location with finishing nails.
Once happy with the location, we used a few finishing nails and hammer to secure the medallion into the ceiling at an angle. After that, I used the caulk to fill the middle seam and wiped away the excess with a damp sponge.
I love it! See the finished product and follow along with my renovation progress on Instagram @rhondajenkins.