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How to Paint a Ceiling Medallion

Painting a ceiling medallion is easy, fun and something anyone can do. Its true anyone can do this yes, even you. Dive on in and I promise youll be amazed at what you can create!

Painting a ceiling medallion is not only easy, its very forgiving. Its all about layering and as youll see below, if you dont like the way its looking once you start, its easy to change directions and create something youll love for years to come.

Today I thought Id share a quick tutorial for the one pictured above that I did for my dining room. Before you start though, youll need to Pick the right size and style for your room and chandelier.   Click here  for some tips.

My friend Gigi has a stunning chandelier that is dripping with crystals and glass fruit

She painted her medallion to complement the design of her chandelier. Isnt it gorgeous?

I have an antique bronze crystal chandelier and purchased a classic oversized medallion at Lowes

Since the medallion was plastic, I sprayed on some white primer to help the paint stick

Here it is with the primer

but I went ahead and added a layer of blue chalk paint

and almost immediately I knew I didnt love it

I let it dry, regrouped and decided I to match the antique bronze finish of my chandelier.

Heres how I did it:

ANTIQUE BRONZE FAUX FINISHED MEDALLION

  • 1 wood, plaster or plastic moulded ceiling medallion
  • primer (if plastic) I used a can of white primer in a spray can
  • brown paint can be any kind of paint, I used a can of brown spray paint
  • metallic expresso craft paint
  • metallic brown craft paint
  • disposable plate I like plastic best because it doesnt soak up the paint.
  • inexpensive brushes foam brushes work, but I found that if you have a detailed mould a bristled brush works best to get in all the nooks and crannies.
  • dark wax ( I used Annie Sloan) or dark brown glaze like this  or brown paint mixed with glaze
  • Optional (see note below) craft paint, wall paint, chalk paint, etc. that matches the colors of your room

Note: I added the option of adding some color from your room only because you will see that I did, but in the end, its really not noticeable and I dont think its absolutely necessary.

Note: I chose the products above mostly because thats what I already owned. The only thing I purchased was the craft paint. Look through your drawers you might find you have some materials you can incorporate.

Ready to paint? Now its time to play

If you have a plastic (slippery) medallion, spray it with a primer to ensure the rest of the paint adheres well.

Then spray paint the entire medallion brown. I sprayed on a couple of light coats. It doesnt have to be perfect. Let this dry completely before applying more paint. If it gets too thick, let it dry overnight.

Once dry, its time to start layering. The trick is to apply a thin coat of paint each time and to allow each layer to dry for maybe ten to twenty minutes or so. I would apply a layer, walk away to do something else and come back in a bit to apply a new layer.

After allowing the brown to dry over night, I started with blue chalk paint

Then added some gold wall paint

Remember, this is all about patience and layering and more patience and more layering. Layering is what its all about.

Next I put a dollop of DecorArts Coal Black Metal Paint on a plastic disposable plate, mixed in just a tad of DecorArts Rich Espresso Metallic (a bronze color) and brushed it into many of the crevices. I forgot to take a photo, but you can kind of see it in the next photo of the medallion.

Then I mixed together more dollops of the two paints and made a lighter version, making sure it wasnt too brassy

I brushed that mixture over the higher areas. Make sure you have fun and apply randomly. This isnt about perfection

The ultimate goal is to match the hardware from the chandelier. You can see below that I placed a piece from the chandelier on top of the medallion to compare. Its still a bit light

Then I layered again with the same paint

And added some black to the mixture and brushed that on randomly. Next I brushed on some metallic espresso which got really brassy. Ouch

I decided to mix some Annie Sloan Brown Wax (that I had on hand) and after mixing it with a small dollop of the expresso metallic, I randomly brushed it on which really helped to add some depth and to tone it down

When it got too heavy in places I just wiped it off with a paper towel.

Finally, I sat back and compared it to the chandelier hardware one last time

I loved it. The secret is really the layering. Lighter layers should be primarily on the highest points and darker layers in the lower points much like a shadow. You can layer and layer until you love it just make sure to not over do it so that the layers become one. If you happen to over do it, no biggie, just make sure to add back in some light and dark paint.

Most of all have fun and remember you wont ever see it again close up, it will be hung several feet above your head. Once its hung and the chandelier is lit, there will be light shining up on it as well.

Good luck and let me know if have any questions! xo Amy

How to Paint a Ceiling Medallion

Painting a ceiling medallion is easy, fun and something anyone can do. Its true anyone can do this yes, even you. Dive on in and I promise youll be amazed at what you can create!

Painting a ceiling medallion is not only easy, its very forgiving. Its all about layering and as youll see below, if you dont like the way its looking once you start, its easy to change directions and create something youll love for years to come.

Today I thought Id share a quick tutorial for the one pictured above that I did for my dining room. Before you start though, youll need to Pick the right size and style for your room and chandelier.   Click here  for some tips.

My friend Gigi has a stunning chandelier that is dripping with crystals and glass fruit

She painted her medallion to complement the design of her chandelier. Isnt it gorgeous?

I have an antique bronze crystal chandelier and purchased a classic oversized medallion at Lowes

Since the medallion was plastic, I sprayed on some white primer to help the paint stick

Here it is with the primer

but I went ahead and added a layer of blue chalk paint

and almost immediately I knew I didnt love it

I let it dry, regrouped and decided I to match the antique bronze finish of my chandelier.

Heres how I did it:

ANTIQUE BRONZE FAUX FINISHED MEDALLION

  • 1 wood, plaster or plastic moulded ceiling medallion
  • primer (if plastic) I used a can of white primer in a spray can
  • brown paint can be any kind of paint, I used a can of brown spray paint
  • metallic expresso craft paint
  • metallic brown craft paint
  • disposable plate I like plastic best because it doesnt soak up the paint.
  • inexpensive brushes foam brushes work, but I found that if you have a detailed mould a bristled brush works best to get in all the nooks and crannies.
  • dark wax ( I used Annie Sloan) or dark brown glaze like this  or brown paint mixed with glaze
  • Optional (see note below) craft paint, wall paint, chalk paint, etc. that matches the colors of your room

Note: I added the option of adding some color from your room only because you will see that I did, but in the end, its really not noticeable and I dont think its absolutely necessary.

Note: I chose the products above mostly because thats what I already owned. The only thing I purchased was the craft paint. Look through your drawers you might find you have some materials you can incorporate.

Ready to paint? Now its time to play

If you have a plastic (slippery) medallion, spray it with a primer to ensure the rest of the paint adheres well.

Then spray paint the entire medallion brown. I sprayed on a couple of light coats. It doesnt have to be perfect. Let this dry completely before applying more paint. If it gets too thick, let it dry overnight.

Once dry, its time to start layering. The trick is to apply a thin coat of paint each time and to allow each layer to dry for maybe ten to twenty minutes or so. I would apply a layer, walk away to do something else and come back in a bit to apply a new layer.

After allowing the brown to dry over night, I started with blue chalk paint

Then added some gold wall paint

Remember, this is all about patience and layering and more patience and more layering. Layering is what its all about.

Next I put a dollop of DecorArts Coal Black Metal Paint on a plastic disposable plate, mixed in just a tad of DecorArts Rich Espresso Metallic (a bronze color) and brushed it into many of the crevices. I forgot to take a photo, but you can kind of see it in the next photo of the medallion.

Then I mixed together more dollops of the two paints and made a lighter version, making sure it wasnt too brassy

I brushed that mixture over the higher areas. Make sure you have fun and apply randomly. This isnt about perfection

The ultimate goal is to match the hardware from the chandelier. You can see below that I placed a piece from the chandelier on top of the medallion to compare. Its still a bit light

Then I layered again with the same paint

And added some black to the mixture and brushed that on randomly. Next I brushed on some metallic espresso which got really brassy. Ouch

I decided to mix some Annie Sloan Brown Wax (that I had on hand) and after mixing it with a small dollop of the expresso metallic, I randomly brushed it on which really helped to add some depth and to tone it down

When it got too heavy in places I just wiped it off with a paper towel.

Finally, I sat back and compared it to the chandelier hardware one last time

I loved it. The secret is really the layering. Lighter layers should be primarily on the highest points and darker layers in the lower points much like a shadow. You can layer and layer until you love it just make sure to not over do it so that the layers become one. If you happen to over do it, no biggie, just make sure to add back in some light and dark paint.

Most of all have fun and remember you wont ever see it again close up, it will be hung several feet above your head. Once its hung and the chandelier is lit, there will be light shining up on it as well.

Good luck and let me know if have any questions! xo Amy


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