After purchasing a ceiling medallion and this modern Serge Mouille lighting months ago, we finally installed this architectural beauty. You may have caught a few glimpses of this DIY on Instagram Stories, but if you missed it, here is the full tutorial on how to install a ceiling medallion in all its glory including the final reveal, which wound up looking killer cool. I’m obsessed with the mix of the traditional molding with the modern light in our bedroom (which now looks completely different with its black textured wallpaper).
Upon opening the medallion’s box, The Boy said…and I quote, “I am loathing this home improvement already. I’m envisioning much cursing, sweating, and a trip or 7 to Home Depot in my near future.” Not quite. There was 1 trip to Home Depot and some sweat was involved. There was also a, “please, please, pretty please with sugar on top” uttered which is how we curse in front of our small children, so one could argue there was foul language. All in all, it was surprisingly easy to hang.
Supplies Needed To Easily Install A Ceiling Medallion
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4 Construction Screws
Can I just say how relieved we were to find it was made of polyurethane foam and had a plaster-like coating? If you have a real plaster ceiling medallion, this is not the DIY for you. Plaster is entirely too heavy for Liquid Nails, and the medallion will fall and smash into a thousand pieces.
Ours arrived with a pre-made center hole and was large enough to get to the junction box. Phew! If yours needs to be larger, or the hole needs to be cut, use a drywall saw.
Installing A Ceiling Medallion – Step 1
Turn off the power. No one needs to be getting zapped.
Installing A Ceiling Medallion – Step 2
Remove the old bedroom lighting.
Installing A Ceiling Medallion – Step 3
Use an electrical tester on the wires to ensure the electricity is off. We have some glitchy electrical in the new house, and even though the fuse box says the electricity is off, some junction boxes still have current flowing through them. If you find mysteries like this in your home, be sure to label that in the fuse box for future projects.
Installing A Ceiling Medallion – Step 4
Once you are positive the electrical is off, trial fit the ceiling medallion by pressing it against the ceiling. It may not lie perfectly flat, but that is okay, the white caulk will fill in any gaps.
If you have a large ceiling medallion like mine, you may want to consider drilling 2-4 pilot holes (be sure to drill deep enough to countersink the screw heads as you will spackle over them later).
Installing A Ceiling Medallion – Step 5
Carefully place the ceiling medallion on a flat surface (one that can get dirty), and apply a generous bead of Liquid Nails to the reverse side.
Hot Tip For A Smooth Install
Have a damp paper towel or ten nearby. You’ll need them to clean the tip of the tube. Once the Liquid Nails start to flow, it takes a few seconds for the glue to stop.
Installing A Ceiling Medallion – Step 6
Center the hole of the ceiling medallion over the electrical box and press firmly.
Install – Step 7
Now, remember those pilot holes? Take your drill and install a construction screw into each hole. See, no holding your arms above your head for hours while waiting for the adhesive to dry. If your medallion is small, this step is probably not needed.
Install – Step 8
Install your bedroom lighting. For safety’s sake, use that electrical tester again on the wires to ensure the electricity is off.
Badda Bing! Badda Boom! Now you’re a pro and you know how to install a ceiling medallion! Once the light is attached, turn the electricity back on and flip that light switch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hopefully, this is your moment to shine. For us, we had a slight DIY fail. When we stuffed the wires back into the ceiling like a turkey, they came undone. Whomp, whomp. We wound up having to uninstall the lighting, rewire, and reinstall once, twice, three times a lady. So, word to the wise, take your time shoving all that wiring into the junction box. Before we wrap up this install, Imma give one more step.
Our medallion didn’t sit completely flush to the ceiling’s surface (that’s normal), remember that white caulk. Grab the caulk gun (be sure to swap out the tube of Liquid Nails, or your finger will be stuck to the ceiling).
Install – Step 9
Hold the tube at a 45-degree angle, and pull the caulk gun along the edge of the ceiling medallion. Again, you may want some damp paper towels to clean the tip. Use your finger to pass over the entire bead of caulk pushing it into the gap. This should be one smooth, continuous movement.
I know I said that was the last step, but the devil is in the details. If you screwed your medallion to the ceiling, you’ll want to cover those holes with some spackle. Ta-da! You’re done! Why we were so intimidated by this ceiling medallion DIY is beyond me. It was easy and simple. Most importantly, I’m in love with the end result. We’re going to keep ours white for now, but I’ve seen some painted in bold colors that look incredible! If you decide to paint, be sure to wait until the adhesive, caulk, and spackle are completely dry.
I’ve received a few messages about my rug. You can find it here. I no longer have this blue velvet wingback headboard and bed frame, but it is still available. You can see how this bedroom has transformed with a new ivory panel bed here and then we installed the Philip Jefferies Broadstrokes wallpaper here.
Installing a ceiling medallion is an unexpected home decor idea that elevates the design of your space in a budget-friendly way.