Friday, September 15, 2017


My clients were building a home.  They purchased this beautiful large ceiling medallion for the dining room chandelier and said maybe I could paint it to match the cabinets nearby.  I said, "I'll be glad to do that but let me show you how it will look if I paint it with the wall color.  If you don't like it I will paint it to match the cabinets."
They LOVED it!
It was already white.  I used the wall color.  I painted on and used a rag to wipe off some areas.  Then, I painted the swirly scrollie areas more solid to contrast and set off the lighter wiped areas.  Because the paint was an eggshell sheen, it did not need to be sealed.
My clients were very happy with the way it turned out.
This house is out in the country and the gray and green colors they used looked so nice with the beautiful nature scenes you could see from their very large windows.
     This ceiling medallion was white. 
 I painted the dark brown, then the gold and silver.  
     If you want to paint a ceiling medallion you don't have to do all the detail.  Paint a base coat and  sponge metallic paints or any colors you want all over.  You can leave it white or you can paint it a solid color like your ceiling or wall color. 
 Then, seal it with a dull or satin clear coat.  
     It's most convenient to install a ceiling medallion when you are changing out your light fixture or fan.  If you have an electrician he will have to take your fixture down, attach the ceiling medallion to the ceiling and reattach the fixture.
     If you want to do it the easy way...there are medallions that are a little smaller and are in two pieces.  Once you paint the two pieces you attach them to the ceiling around the base of your light fixture or fan.  Sometimes, to get it to fit properly, you have to unscrew the fixture canopy at the ceiling.  That is the part of the fixture on the ceiling that hides the wiring.  All you have to do is loosen the canopy with a screw driver, lower it, attach the ceiling medallion and then re-screw the canopy at the ceiling.  One thing that might be important is to measure how wide your canopy is.  Some are three inches and some are four inches, etc.  You need to make sure it will fit in that middle part of your ceiling medallion.
Base coat tan, painted metallic gold & aged with black paint.
Tan base, painted metallic silver, gold & copper.
Painted moss green base, metallic silver, gold & burgundy.
The green base looks like a patina.
Painted tan base, metallic copper trimmed with metallic gold.
Aged with brown paint.
Green base coat, metallic gold, silver & burgundy.
Painted moss green base coat.  Used two shades of metallic gold.
Then lightly rubbed metallic gold all over.
Dark brown base coat.  Metallic gold & silver.
Aged with same dark brown.
Turquoise, pink, purple, yellow & green.
Metallic gold & silver.  Antiquing glaze to age.
Dark brown base, crackle medium  Painted purple grapes
green leaves & dark brown vines.
Tan base coat.  Metallic gold & metallic burgundy.

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