Saturday, March 10, 2012

Ceiling medallions make a big statement as wall art

If there's one thing I've learned from other bloggers, it's that things don't always have to be used as originally intended.  Some people, like Gil at My Repurposed Life and Donna at Funky Junk Interiors based their blogs around the idea of turning one thing into something else entirely.

But I've admitted before that I'm no creative genius like them.  I was not the one who originally came up with the idea to take something intended to highlight a light fixture on a ceiling and turn it into art for a wall.  Better Homes and Gardens -- several years ago before Pinterest was a twinkle in anyone's eye -- was the first place I saw it done.  I'm sure I still have the page cut out of the magazine glued into an inspiration binder somewhere.

And I'm so happy that the inspiration from years ago finally turned into reality to solve a decor dilemma in my own house.  At long last, here's the big reveal:

Super-cool, huh?  I am so happy to have found just the right thing to fill up that big expanse of wall.  Here's what it looked like before:

Boring, no?  Not anymore!  And I'm happy to be ahead of the trend (if it becomes a trend, that is) and not the last to try something.  Once something has been done so many times, I just can't see doing it myself.  Can anyone say "yellow rosette DwellStudio pillow from Target"?  Admit it ... you know you have one!

My husband and I both like to do things a little differently than most.  We never wanted a Ford Taurus or a Toyota Camry when everyone had one.  We shunned tradition and built a 1920s-style Craftsman bungalow instead of moving into a typical McMansion.  We research local haunts when we travel instead of sticking with chains we've heard of before.

Now we have a pretty unique bedroom installation, and I'm excited to finally show it off!  If you're intrigued by this project, these links will help answer some questions about how I got here:

I'm sure some of you will wonder how I hung them. I just used Command Strips.  They didn't always stick well to the back because the medallions have a powdery finish on them.  They come primed, so there's a fine dust on the back that's hard to remove.  When sticking was a problem, I used super glue to stick the strip to the back of the medallion.  Easy enough.  Just took a little longer than planned to get them hung.

Oh, and be careful what medallions you choose.  Some (like the ones I found locally at Lowe's) are plastic, whereas the ones I purchased (from and are "rigid polyurethane millwork," manufactured to resemble the old plaster medallions.

At long last, my master bedroom is finally complete, and I can add a new room to my House Tour.  I guess I'll have to wait for next weekend to catch the right light for photos, though.  Oh, the frustrations of working during the day and waiting for the weekends to get decent photographs!  (Ha, ha.  I know, there are much worse things.)

Speaking of photos, I have certainly learned a lot about the manual settings on my camera in the past several months, and my goal for 2012 is to learn more about capturing great shots.  I hope to buy a new lens soon, as I feel like mine are limiting me.  My photos just don't seem sharp and crisp, although I use a tripod for indoor shots.  Now if I could just sit myself down long enough without a computer in my lap to read the photography books I got for Xmas, I might be able to get somewhere.

One thing I have learned is that interior lights can be your enemy.  My bedroom is so dark, with the chocolate brown walls and since our house is very shaded.  I used to turn on the lights to get brighter photos.  This time, I left the lights off and just scheduled my photo shoot for the time of day when a soft, natural light filters in through my back windows.  If you didn't notice the lighting difference in the photos above, look again.  Interesting, huh?

Maybe I better get to reading those photography books before I schedule my bedroom house tour photo shoot.  If only I weren't addicted to ye ole internet!  I do have a lot of blog reading to catch up on.  Luckily The Mr. has a gig tonight and The Teen has some new gaming toys, and I'll be left all alone to reintroduce myself to my lonely Google Reader list.  I'll be seeing some of you there later!


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  1. Wow!! I absolutely love it, Hollie! I'm definitely pinning this :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  2. You rock! This turned out great. When would you like to come over to my house to decorate it?! :-) I am in love with your style.

  3. Looks great. What a nice focal wall. I would love for you to share at the weekly Anything Goes Bacon Time linky.

  4. I like how a few a partially covered by the tv. I saw this in a Better Homes and Gardens book and have been dying to do it somewhere in my house forever. Well done!

  5. Firstly, it looks ace!! I really love how you pulled some of the bright colours into the scheme as well with the little table and the pillow! Gorgeous! The medallions just make the TV recede completely and really take the centre stage :)

    Secondly, I'm in exactly the same boat with the pictures! I have to take all my pics during the day at the weekend because (at least over the winter months while the days have been much shorter) I leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark so no pic taking for me! Just a couple things I've learned via experimentation... I hate pictures with unnatural light - so overhead lights and flash always look a bit too brash. One thing I have learned is that even if you only have a bit of natural light, you can use a photo editing programme to only brighten your midtones. This gives it a brighter look but doesn't wash out your lightest colours and doesn't obliterate your darkest areas.

    Happy picture taking!! xxx

  6. These look amazing. What a statement! Love it. Great job. I am your newest follower!

  7. Very Well done. I too have something similar cut out and saved in my manilla-enevelope stash of inspiration, but I think you have done it better. :) I like how you were bold and did so many--filled the wall! looks fabulous.

  8. That is pure genius! I absolutely see a trend forming here ... I'm going to pin this too!



    (And you should hook this up tomorrow at The Rooster and The Hen's link party. You see, I'm guest judging this week. No promises ... just saying!)

  9. love this idea! it makes for great wall art.... I especially love the dresser your tv sits on - too cute!

    xo Jessica

  10. Beautiful pictures, and I love the colors! I'm a new follower and would love to have you stop by my brand new blog and follow, too!

  11. Looks really cool - and your dresser and red table are superb as well. I couldn't miss those! Your have an adorable home! I would love for you to come by and link this up to my party happening now! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  12. Hi! I pinned this on Pinterest and featured here. Thanks for joining Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  13. The entire room looks amazing! love the ceiling medallions on the dark wall. Beautiful furniture and great use of color too!

  14. The medallions are stunning-your creativity is amazing-I'm following from SS-stop on by for a visit!

  15. Where did you get the medallions to buy, they r amazing

    1. Near the end of the post above, I listed where I found most of the medallions. Check 'em out! You can also just do an internet search and find lots of online retailers.

  16. Hi there, quick you think plastic medallians are better to hang?

  17. Hmm ... the one plastic medallion I bought did not have a flat back. I could not figure out how to hang it, other than using liquid nails or something like that. For a ceiling medallion used on the ceiling, that makes sense. For my wall installation, it did not. There are probably other plastic medallions that ARE flat on the back.

    However, I did not like the look of the plastic, either. They looked like plastic, rather than plaster. If you are painting them, that probably doesn't matter. It's all about the look you're going for, I guess.

  18. THANK YOU so much for the inspiration! I bought my medallions from Architectural Depot as you suggested, used your layout in PP idea, and came up with the following:

    I really, really appreciate your step-by-step instructions. I am in love with our new master bedroom!

    1. Amy, that's great! I like that you painted some of them to coordinate with your bedding. I'm so glad my project could inspire your own. Thank you for sharing!


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