Cocktail Attire for the Dining Room Ceiling
Posted March 3, 2009on:
Ok – I was worried when I decided to cover the chandelier chains that it might be ‘too much.’ But I think it turned out ‘just right.’ Actually, I can’t believe that I looked at that long ugly bronze chain for as long as I did… looking back at the before picture, it just looks really unfinished.
Just in case you missed the previous post on what the medallions looked like before (they had a before and after too!) here you go:
Medical disclosure: My opthamologist does not recommend staring at these medallions in their former state for a long duration.
(Twice) primed, then painted in a semi-gloss version of the ceiling color, the medallion went up very easily.
I slipped the cord cover over the chain and humped the whole kit up my uber ladder. Then I performed some twiddly bits with wires and screws (while fighting a mild vertigo). After that, I improvised some artful scrunching of the cord cover. I descended from the heights and stood back and thought, “Wow, that looks like somebody knew what they were doing!”
The light fixture canopy was still bronzy gold and didn’t make a smooth transition from the cord cover to the medallion, so I hauled out the ladder again and painted it white this morning before work.
There is one hidden secret (I will bare all). The medallion was thicker than the central “screw tube” that binds the chandelier to the junction box and holds the canopy cover in place… it was too short so I couldn’t connect the canopy! This was a real problem, the canopy was just sort of flopping around. This was definitely not the desired effect. The hardware store was closed and I didn’t want to unwire the whole thing again anyway, so…
…HOT GLUE! A few little droplets of hot glue stuck the canopy right to the medallion. It’s a crafty fix all right, but I’m not going to let a little thing like doing something ‘right’ to get in my way, that’s for sure.
Added bonus: This entire project cost me less that $10.00. I inherited the medallions, I had trim paint and primer in the closet and the silky fabric for the chandelier chain cover cost almost nothing from JoAnn fabric. And I am always the only male in the local JoAnn buying fabric at any given time. They don’t look at me funny anymore, thank goodness.
P.S. It’s true the light fixture is nothing special. I bought it on a super clearance sale online, but it was a tremendous improvement over the corroded and flitchity ‘Colonial Williamsburg’ shiny brass number that hung in there when we bought the house. One day (soon?) I hope to have a wonder like this from Julie Neill (aka The Bayou Contessa) to hang in this spot.