How to Install a Decorative Ceiling Medallion

Add traditional appeal and visual interest to a chandelier or other ceiling fixture with an easy-to-install ceiling medallion.

Materials and Tools:

Iron Chandelier with Cream Colored Ceiling Medallion

Iron Chandelier with Cream Colored Ceiling Medallion

An ornate black iron and crystal chandelier hangs from a cream-colored ceiling medallion on a ceiling that is sage green.

An ornate black iron and crystal chandelier hangs from a cream-colored ceiling medallion on a ceiling that is sage green.

ceiling medallion
needle-nose pliers
circuit tester
wire nuts
drill with countersink bit
screws
putty knife
spackle or wood filler
paintbrush and paint in desired color
adhesive caulk
paintable latex caulk

Steps:

1. Before removing existing fixture, turn off power at circuit breaker box. Next, loosen and remove the escutcheon plate, disconnect wire nuts and test wires with a circuit tester to be sure the power is off. Remove fixture and set aside.

2. Use a countersink bit to drill pilot holes in medallion. This will allow screw heads to be recessed for a clean, finished look. If desired, paint medallion and allow to dry.

3. Thread fixture chain and wiring through medallion, making sure that the decorative side of medallion is facing down.

4. Reconnect electrical wires and secure connections with wire nuts. Next, hang fixture on its chain and close the gap.

5. Apply a heavy bead of adhesive caulk to the back of medallion; press the medallion against ceiling.

6. Secure medallion to ceiling with screws, but don't over-tighten. The screws are needed primarily to hold the medallion in place until the adhesive dries.

7. Caulk any gaps around medallion perimeter with paintable latex caulk. Patch recessed areas over screw heads. Once patching compound dries, lightly sand until smooth then touch up with paint.

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