A chandelier or other fixture suspended from the ceiling creates an attractive and functional focal point in a room. Installing a decorative medallion around the fixture adds visual interest and character. Medallion installation is neither difficult nor expensive and this accent is suitable for almost any room in the home including the bathroom.
You will need:
• Ceiling medallion
• Circuit tester
• Drill with a countersink bit
• Needle-nose pliers
• Wire nuts
• Fine-grit sandpaper
• Wood filler or spackle
• Putty knife
• Paintable latex caulk
• Adhesive caulk
• Colored paint (for medallion- optional)
Step 1: Turn off the power at the circuit breaker box. Remove the escutcheon plate of the existing fixture, disconnect the wire nuts, and use a circuit tester to test the wires to verify that the power is off. Remove the light fixture and set it aside.
Step 2: Drill pilot holes in the ceiling medallion where the screws will go, using the drill and countersink bit. This recesses the screw heads for a more attractive appearance.
Step 3: Paint the medallion, if desired, and let it dry.
Step 4: Thread the chain of the ceiling fixture through the medallion, ensuring that the decorative side of the medallion faces down.
Step 5: Reconnect the electrical wiring with the pliers and use the wire nuts to secure the connections. Hang the ceiling fixture on the chain.
Step 6: Spread a heavy bead of the adhesive caulk on the back of the medallion and immediately press the medallion against the ceiling.
Step 7: Use the screws to secure the medallion to the ceiling, being careful not to overtighten them with the screwdriver.
Step 8: Apply paintable latex caulk to gaps around the perimeter of the medallion.
Step 9: Apply wood filler or spackle to the recessed areas over the screw heads. Let the patched area dry and then sand it lightly until it is smooth. Use the paint to touch up these recessed areas and the gaps around the medallion perimeter to create a finished look.
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