How to Paint a Ceiling Medallion

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  • 2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 45
What You'll Need
Spray paint
Paint for the medallion
Paint solvent
Clean cloth

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

Before using spray paint, make sure the room is well ventilated, that you wear a respirator and safety goggles or glasses since you'll be looking up while spraying. Shake the spray can to mix the paint thoroughly and 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 but constantly keep moving with it to avoid buildups. 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 paintbrush. Wipe away any mistakes with the appropriate solvent or cleaner on 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 unless intentionally blending them in, or if you're antiquing the medallion..

Step 5—Add the Final Touch

To highlight the borders of your ceiling medallion you can add a touch of white. Use a small brush for this delicate work.