Ignoring The Ceiling!? Statement Ceiling Focal Point in an Afternoon!

16 Materials
$65
4 Hours
Easy

Ceilings typically get the short end of the design deal but this year, statement ceilings are trending! Creating a bold, eye-catching look above you might be 'in' but it can also quickly overpower a room. Instead of transforming the entire ceiling, construct a statement ceiling focal point. You'll still get that trending look but it won't become overwhelming or feel heavy.
You'll need:
* Trim and four rosettes
* Peel and stick wallpaper and scissors
* Spray paint, measuring tape, a straight edge, white caulk and a caulk gun, construction adhesive, and a pencil
*  Wood filler, a drop cloth,  and a paper plate
* A miter saw and a nail gun

First, pick your spot.  I've chosen to create my statement ceiling around an existing light fixture in my dining room.  You can also go with a fixture-less spot over a sitting area, alcove, or entryway.  The sky...er, ceiling's the limit!

Using the light as the middle, measure out to make a square.  I'm measuring out 48" on each side to create a 4 foot by 4 foot square.  Mark each side with a pencil.
Cut the peel and stick wallpaper to the same size as your 4 foot by 4 foot square.  More than likely, your wallpaper will be about 20 inches wide so you will need two full 20 inch pieces that are 48 inches long as well as a third piece only 8 inches wide by 48 inch long piece.  Make sure you cut the pieces so that the patterns line up.
Begin affixing the wallpaper to your square by using the pencil marks as a guide.  With a 4' square area, I was able to place one full piece of 20 inch wide wallpaper without having to adjust because of the light.

Loosen the fixture's canopy so that you can stick the next piece of wall paper behind it.  You can either turn off the electricity to this light or be really careful not to touch any wires as you work around the fixture.  Measure from one end to determine where to cut away the portion of the wall paper so the electrical box isn't covered.  
Finish affixing the remaining wallpaper and smooth out.

Spray paint the rosettes and trim and let them dry according to the directions.  I'm using Rust-Oleum's 2X Ultra Cover Paint and Primer in gloss white as this will match my finished trim in the rest of my house.
Paint the rosettes and trim and let them dry according to the directions.
Once fully dry, flip over the rosettes and add a dab of construction adhesive to the backs of each.
Firmly press onto each corner of the wallpaper square.  Overlap the wallpaper just a bit but evenly so that you have the same amount of overlap on each side.  
Shoot a nail or two into each rosette to keep it in place until the adhesive dries.
Measure between each rosette and cut the trim to fit.  
Run a bead of adhesive on the back of each piece before pressing into the ceiling and follow with a couple of nails from the nail gun.
Use wood filler or white caulk to fill in the nail holes.  I prefer the wood filler as it fills quicker and doesn't wipe away as easily.  
When the wood filler dries, spray a bit of the paint onto a paper plate and use your finger to dab the paint onto the nail holes.  I found that two coats of dabbed paint made the filled nail holes disappear.
Caulk the lines between the rosettes and trim.  This will give everything a seamless, professional finish.  Wipe up any excess caulk with a damp cloth as you go.
A trending statement ceiling focal point in one afternoon!
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27 questions
  • Joyce Walker
    on Jun 7, 2018

    what if you have popcorn ceilings?

  • Tamara Mohn Ashlock
    on Jun 7, 2018

    Really nice and a great idea. Why the red shoes?

    The finished project was enough to say you had talant.

    Keep up the good work

  • Michael
    on Jun 7, 2018

    What if you do NOT have a pair of red stilettos?

  • Dorin
    on Jun 7, 2018

    Great project! I imagine you can do this with real wood planks as well? and yeah.. LOVE the shoes!

    • OnTheFly...DIY
      on Jun 7, 2018

      Yes, real wood planks would be gorgeous, too! Thank you! High heels are a daily part of my wardrobe - my point with these are that if I can do the project in them, anyone can do the project! :)

  • Jacquie Trundy
    on Jun 7, 2018

    Why couldn't a person decopage a popcorn ceiling?

  • Angela
    on Jun 7, 2018

    Love the finished project. Adore the shoes! Where did you get them? I must have a pair!!

    • OnTheFly...DIY
      on Jun 8, 2018

      Thank you so much!! I got them at a resale shop but they are JustFab brand and the shoe style is 'Fabrina'. I'm guessing you could find them online :)

    • Sylvia
      on Jun 14, 2018

      I sooo want these shoes too definitely going to look them up! Thanks!

  • Barbara Zorzin
    on Jun 7, 2018

    Do you wear those shoes when on the ladder? I sure hope not....for your safety.

    • Denise
      on Jun 7, 2018

      Great idea with the ceiling. My same comment about your pretty shoes!

    • Sylvia Wright
      on Jun 7, 2018

      ROFLMAO...GREAT CATCH. I AM STILL LAUGHING! I was outside spray painting and a neighbor walked by. I had a shirt on stained with paint, black pokadot pajama bottoms and my crappy paint covered flats..LOL

  • Mark
    on Jun 7, 2018

    Who wears shoes like that when working around the house???

  • Irene
    on Jun 7, 2018

    DO YOU HAVE TO WEAR RED HIGH HEELS WHILE DOING THIS JOB?? LOL

    • Judy
      on Jun 7, 2018

      I was wondering the same thing! Gawd!

    • Tim Orr
      on Jun 7, 2018

      Yes...yes you do if you look good in them!!


    • Lynn Wingo Koerber
      on Jun 7, 2018

      Love the ceiling focal point AND the shoes

    • Loretta Champagne
      on Jun 7, 2018

      Honestly didn't notice her shoes until I scrolled down and read the comments. I was loving her creativity! Good Job, red shoes or not.

    • Vici Krall
      on Jun 7, 2018

      i guess that's one way of showing how easy the project is... "you can even do this in stilettos!" Frankly, I love it!


    • Vici Krall
      on Jun 7, 2018

      i guess that's one way of showing how easy the project is... "you can even do this in stilettos!" Frankly, I love it!


    • Tara Austin
      on Jun 7, 2018

      I would have been more worried and that un-manicure....


    • Shirley Miller
      on Jun 7, 2018

      OMG. When I noticed the foot wear, I just laughed....

      can you say “seriously”. I can not imagine what being on a ladder would be like, besides dangerous.

      I do like the look tho lol lol lol

    • Irene
      on Jun 7, 2018

      yes, you look lovely in these darling high heels, but you're getting more attention for your shoes than all the good work you are doing! but yah, it's funny, no offense intended.

    • Kris Freese
      on Jun 7, 2018

      I would have gotten spray all over my shoes. Love the ceiling tho!!

  • Connie
    on Jun 7, 2018

    Why are people concerned with the shoes?? Sounds like old biddies looking down their noses😁😂😂😂

    • Vee
      on Jun 7, 2018

      It does seem a bit silly to wear high heels especially while working on a ceiling! High heels on a ladder?

    • Laurie
      on Jun 7, 2018

      seriously! who would be wearing high heels?

      Old biddies? NO need to call people you don't know names!

    • Terri G.
      on Jun 7, 2018

      Some old Biddies rock it in some high heels! Glamour everyday, glamour every way!👠👠

    • Connie
      on Jun 7, 2018

      Didn't call anyone a name ...said it SOUNDS like old buddies looking down their noses when people find it necessary to critique her choice of shoes rather than workmanship😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • Anonymous
      on Jun 7, 2018

      This 61 year old biddy loves the red shoes!

    • Barbara
      on Jun 7, 2018

      all i can say is that looks like a 911 call waiting to happen

    • JudyH
      on Jun 8, 2018

      And in the 1950s all the TV moms vacuumed and cooked meals wearing pearls! Ridicules right? And yes the shoes are cute but unsafe and totally inappropriate when working on a project involving a ladder and a saw. Just plain old-fashioned common sense!!

    • JudyH
      on Jun 8, 2018

      And in the 1950s all the TV moms vacuumed and cooked meals wearing pearls! Ridicules right? And yes the shoes are cute but unsafe and totally inappropriate when working on a project involving a ladder and a saw. Just plain old-fashioned common sense!!

  • Jean
    on Jun 7, 2018

    Can you do this on "popcorn" ceiling?

    • Leigh
      on Jun 8, 2018

      You would need to scrape the area where you apply the wallpaper and the trim. Otherwise, the popcorn would show through the wallpaper and the trim would not fit flush to the ceiling.

    • Virginia
      on Jun 8, 2018

      Scraping popcorn off is messy but really easy. Get a spray bottle. Put some water in it. Spray the area. Scrape off wit putty knife. That easy. I did it to my whole bedroom, easy peasy.

  • Emma
    on Jun 8, 2018

    Why would you wear high heels 👠

    • Cathy
      on Jun 8, 2018

      Because she can! She’s a superhero if she can wear those and so this kind of work! I think it’s great because I can’t! My back hurts just seeing it but I love the shoes!

    • Martha Lapp
      on Jun 8, 2018

      Maybe to reach the ceiling?

    • Sharon
      on Jun 8, 2018

      wish i could wear them. I could put them on as long as I don't walk lol.

    • Debi
      on Jun 8, 2018

      Cuz she spells W-o-M-@-N 😱

    • Joyce
      on Jun 8, 2018

      Turn off

    • Gilly Reade
      on Jun 14, 2018

      Maybe it turns the hubby on lol 😂

    • Carolyn beal
      on Jun 14, 2018

      Because she really isn't doing this craft her self, turn off

    • Kimm King
      on Jun 14, 2018

      Yes She is!!! Drop the mike!💕

    • Karen Kroll
      on Jun 14, 2018

       great question

    • Pam
      on Jun 14, 2018

      Because it was cute...and she wants to show you it was indeed her doing the work! I'm sure they we only for the photo...and she didn't do construction work all afternoon in them. Chill out and give her a break! ☺

  • Waaaay off topic here: I have never seen such a tiny chop saw! Is it a mitre saw? Where the hell did you find one so small? I would love to have one to throw in my saddle bags, would sure make work more tolerable

    • Laura Haven
      on Jun 14, 2018

      Rachel,

      As much as you are used to saying "h*ll"--it isn't needed in the sentence. Everyone just needs to watch their language when out in public.

      Take care,

      P.S. You might try your local hardware store or Home Depot or Lowe's. Look online if you have to go that route.

      Good luck!

    • Ann Lewis
      on Jun 14, 2018

      It says Craftsman on it. Check Sears.

  • Waaaay off topic here: I have never seen such a tiny chop saw! Is it a mitre saw? Where the hell did you find one so small? I would love to have one to throw in my saddle bags, would sure make work more tolerable

  • Sissymae Marks
    on Jun 14, 2018

    How would i do this on a celing that is angled in the middle i think its beautiful

    • OnTheFly...DIY
      on Jun 14, 2018

      Without a pix of your ceiling to reference, my guess would be that you could miter the trim the same way as you would around a wall corner. I think that would look pretty cool!

  • Kathy Wiemer
    on Jun 14, 2018

    Can you do this with around a ceiling fan???

    • Centslessjo
      on Jun 14, 2018

      Yes, You would just have to take the ceiling fan down (turn the breaker off for that first), do the project and then re-mount the ceiling fan.


    • Centslessjo
      on Jun 14, 2018

      Or you can just drop the ceiling fan down like they did the light fixture (if not too heavy?)

  • Patti Sawatzki
    on Jun 14, 2018

    Could you do this on textured ceiling?

    • Jeremy poole
      on Jun 14, 2018

      You need a smooth surface for bonding reasons. Many ways around it but using a 8” or 10” drywall knife you could scrape down the area where the wall paper will go. Under the trim would be fine.


      Or you can do a skim coat with drywall mud to make the area flat

  • Patti Sawatzki
    on Jun 14, 2018

    Could you do this on textured ceiling?

  • Patti Sawatzki
    on Jun 14, 2018

    Could you do this on textured ceiling?

    • Kay Lynn Wilson
      on Jun 14, 2018

      No, you would have to scrape the texture off first. Please look up a video on how to remove the texture so as not to cause any damage.

    • Kay M Johnson
      on Jun 14, 2018

      TThis is alot of work to take the textured ceiling off. Then you done know what you will e to do to the ceiling underneath. These workman today slap it up there don't care because the textured ceiling will cover it up. Not worth the time and money to get it to look right. Been there. Better leave well enough alone. Another thing, if you don't like it or want to change it down the road. You've still got alot of work.

  • Tina Bell Clemmer
    on Jun 14, 2018

    Hey !! My name is Tina looking for something like a sliding barn yard door 🚪 for a sliding door 🚪 in my kitchen!!! Can you help me ?

  • Lynn
    on Jun 14, 2018

    Who wears heals for any home project

    You are quite the fashonista.

  • Tro9880123
    on Jun 14, 2018

    It was unfinished primered drywall, what do you mean it would have to be scrubbed? Should I have scrubbed off the primer? Still confused why mine didn't adhere. I didn't trim the edges out in wood like you did, maybe that helped secure it from coming loose?

    Just wondering....

  • Ellen
    on Jun 14, 2018

    Why not just use real wood rather then wallpaper

  • Patti Sawatzki
    on Jun 14, 2018

    Could you do this on a textured ceiling? Swirl texture.

    • Karen Julio
      on Jun 17, 2018

      I would use a textured wallpaper or maybe tin tiles so the texture doesn’t show through.

  • Donnita nelson
    on Jun 14, 2018

    Do you always work in Stilleto heels! Lol

    • Connie
      on Jun 15, 2018

      I wondered that about the 4 inch heels too lmao

    • Marilyn K. Reed
      on Jun 15, 2018

      The same though came to my mind too ... I was wondering of she wore them while climbing the ladder. LOL

    • Jackie Marx
      on Jun 15, 2018

      I hadn’t even noticed the shoes! I had to go back and look for them! But hey, if she can do it... go for it!

    • Becky
      on Jun 15, 2018

      I laughed out loud at the shoes. Home Improvement, diva style.

      👍🏼👍🏼

    • Lisa Thrift Morton
      on Jun 15, 2018

      I’m betting there is some overspray on the stilettos from the paint. Ha, ha.

    • Donniesue Pirtle
      on Jun 15, 2018

      She uses them for hooks to stay on the ladder!

    • Neflerave
      on Jun 17, 2018

      THAT WAS “ BEYONCÉ” 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼ON THAT LADDER, BECAUSE SHE WORKED IT OUT 👠👠👠👠 IN THE HEELS!!! LOL

      JOB WELL DONE.....

    • Debbi Morrow-Carlson
      on Sep 3, 2018

      I thought the same thing

    • Danielle Leigh
      on Nov 19, 2018

       always time to be fabulous no matter what you’re doing lol

    • Rose
      on May 14, 2019

      I would have done this in heels BUY Im bi polar

    • Vikki
      on Oct 9, 2019

      seriously

    • Nancy Dann
      on Oct 9, 2019

      That was my thought too... A woman after my own heart. Heels and construction projects. Gotta look cute!

    • Em
      on Oct 9, 2019

      Obvious intent was to attract all of the attention she is getting.

    • Nora Miller
      on Oct 9, 2019

      Maybe she needed the extra 4 inches to reach the ceiling?

  • Sue Fenske
    on Jun 15, 2018

    How can she do this in those heels

  • Janet B
    on Oct 10, 2019

    Love it! Great job!!!

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