How to Paint a Ceiling Medallion How to Paint a Ceiling Medallion

In the Victorian era, ceiling medallions were an important part of home decor, often used as the base for light fixtures and always giving the rooms they occupied a sense of elegance. You can still find ceiling medallions at home-improvement centers. They are made of polyurethane, wood, plaster, or metal and come in various shapes, such as flowers, stars, circles, ovals, and squares.

If you have a ceiling medallion that doesn't match the colors in your room anymore, you can paint it. This requires a little bit more care than an average painting project, but is manageable if you follow these steps.

Step 1 - Get Ready

Put a tarp on the floor under the medallion. Use a step ladder to gain access to the medallion. Tape off its borders. Remove the light fixture in the center as well and tape off the resulting cavity.

Step 2 - Spray Paint the Surface

Apply a light coat of flat spray paint. For an even coat, keep the can of spray paint at least a foot away and don't linger in one spot for too long. Put on a second coat after an hour.

Step 3 - Start Painting

Once the spray paint has dried, paint the features one by one with a small paint brush. Wipe out any mistakes with water and a paper towel.

Step 4 - Be Careful With Multiple Colors

When using different colors, let each one dry before applying the next one. You don't want them mixing on the medallion.

Step 5 - Add the Final Touch

To highlight the borders of your ceiling medallion, paint them white. Use a small brush for this delicate work.

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