Sunday, February 26, 2012

Designing a ceiling medallion wall art layout

Last time, I showed you the awkward wall in my master bedroom that's in need of some help.  I discussed all the options I had considered, and told you I've decided to dress it up with ceiling medallions as the wall art (like I'd been crushing on).  I wanted to fill in the space between our dresser and the blue chair to its left, by the window.  


After researching hundreds of medallion options, I struggled to decide which combination would look best.  I decided to copy and paste the designs I liked most (of various sizes and styles) into a PowerPoint document.  Of course, I had to pass up some that were priced unreasonably high, as multiple medallions can add up fast.  With each design, I listed several website URLs and the corresponding prices.  Picking my favorite design/size/price combinations, I decided to create an electronic layout to see how they looked together.  In PowerPoint, I used a white rectangle to represent the dresser and a black rectangle to represent the TV.  Here's a screen shot of one of my layouts.


After choosing a desired layout, I created templates of the medallions out of wrapping paper, following Joi's suggestion.  I used painter's tape to adhere the templates to the wall in the layout I had designed.


The idea was to ensure I liked the look before I committed to purchasing anything.  I settled on the layout shown above, and ordered the medallions accordingly.  The medallions I ended up ordering were slightly different than shown on the PowerPoint layout above because some were out of stock or the shipping cost ended up being cost-prohibitive.

Of course, by the time they had arrived, I had decided that the area to the right of the dresser needed something too, so I decided to spread them out all the way across the wall.  Accordingly, I added additional medallions to my PowerPoint layout.  Here's a screen shot of the basic design I ended up with.


The next step was creating a new template layout on the wall.  Below you can see the templates on the wall as well as my first round of ceiling medallion purchases sitting on the floor.


I continued to make some tweaks, and then placed my second order.  A few days later the rest of my medallions arrived.  As Joi recommended, I had purchased Command Strips to hang them.  Unfortunately the strips were not sticking to the back of some of the medallions, so I had to improvise and use super glue to adhere the strips to the backs.  

I got a few of the medallions hung while the glue on the others was drying.  I had limited time that night, and was going to get back to the project the next day, but I had a bit of a setback.  I just might have severely sprained my ankle going down the concrete stairwell at work.  It might have happened because I was playing Words with Friends and wasn't looking where I was going and missed a step.  Maybe.  But since nobody saw it happen, there's no proof that's how it happened.  Let's just say I'm lucky it was the last step before a landing, and not the middle of the stairs.

So ... I'm laid up right now, nursing my ankle. I can walk on it a bit, but it's best that I don't.  Dr. Internet said to follow the RICE method:  rest, ice, compression (Ace bandage) and elevation.   This weekend I've been spending most of my time on the couch, keeping my foot elevated and iced (intermittently).  I guess I'll get back to hanging the rest of the medallions in a few days.  No climbing on stepstools for me right now, and I don't want to stick The Mr. with the job, as he's got enough extra tasks to do while I'm staying off my foot.  (Poor guy had to shop for outfits for our 3-year-old niece's birthday.  He's not keen on picking out girl clothes, but I must admit he did a good job!)

Now I'd love to hear from you:
  • What do you think about this whole ceiling medallion process?  Does it seem crazy, or cool?  
  • Got any unusual projects going on at your house?
  • Have you ever injured yourself because you were doing something stupid like me?

Hollie

10 comments:

  1. I love it! I would totally do the second layout because it seems more "even" to your tv.. but that might just be my OCD talking haha. I used a medallion to make an inspiration board for the New Year and I absolutely loved the way it looked on my wall.. my mom did too-- she stole it from me :) I found mine at a thrift store so now I'm on a mission to find more! :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    http://bonniegetchell.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh dear, poor you! Hope you are 100% soon so you can complete this fabulous project! I love how much planning has gone into it, I'm sure you are itching to get it finished!

    Rest up and feel better xxx

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  3. Just curious what your size range was. For instance what size was your largest/smallest? I have the perfect wall space for this! Thanks

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    1. Hello, Andrea. The smallest is 12-1/4" and the largest is 29". If you end up doing this, I'd love to see some photos!!

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  4. Can I ask how big your wall was that you did this on? Im doing my wall now but Im trying to gage how many to buy... These things can get pretty pricey! Thanks!

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    1. The entire wall is 16 feet wide by 9 feet tall. The width of the wall that has the medallions is 10 feet. Hope that helps!

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  5. How did you hang your medallions to the wall? I have ones by the Portfolio brand (Lowe's) and can't find info on how to hang them. Thanks.

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    1. I used Command strips for mine. I'm a bit nervous about when it's time to take them off, but it seemed like the best option.

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  6. Did you purchase the medallions with only the primer or did you pay extra for the white finish?

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    1. The white finish is actually a primer finish. There was one I purchased from a separate store and it was shiny, so I sprayed it with primer so it matched the others.

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