Transform a Cheap Wall Mirror Into a Gorgeous Ceiling Medallion

2 Materials
$5
1 Hour
Easy

Unique ceiling medallions can be very expensive. Let me show you how to get the look without breaking the bank!
I am a detail gal. I’m that friend who will let you know (discreetly) that you have spinach in your teeth or makeup lines. When it comes to beautiful homes- the attention to detail is not lost on me. My eye goes directly to all the intricate fine points that make the abode beautiful. Ceiling Medallions do for a home like a fabulous pair of shoes do for an outfit – doesn’t just complete but, makes a statement.

Gone are the days of well crafted appointed homes being the norm. Today, we have cookie cutter, semi cookie cutter, “I want you to think I’m a custom home because of my price tag but in reality I am being built on the other side of town” home, and the “Once in a blue moon I gathered craftsman and artisans to build my dream house” home.

I live in a semi cookie cutter home. I used to live in homes from the 20’s, 50’s and 60’s ( lot of fun!) but when we moved to our current community (which I love by the way) we were a little burnt out on renovating. Plus, the idea of being the first homeowner of a property was intriguing. The home is lovely but I have spent the last 10 years slowly (well kinda slowly) transforming each room into a little more than its semi cookie cutter label.

Ok, now that you have a little back story – whether you wanted it or not (ha! I tend to do that from time to time.) Let’s talk about the project that created a bit of pizazz. The idea came to me when we were knee deep in a One Room Challenge.

I,mean We were busy with the transformation when I realized that my little $5 brass chandelier needed a little more oomph. Oomph like a ceiling medallion- yep my chandy needed a killer pair of heels to make her look complete (yes cheesy analogy, but I’m trying).
Three problems arose from my spectacular idea –
  1. The vents in the ceiling were awful close and we were not moving them.
  2. I was having a hard time finding a small ceiling medallion with character.
  3. Did I mention I was on a budget?
As I ran into Hobby Lobby for… who knows what, I saw these.
You seeing what I’m seeing? Friends, let me introduce you to my new ceiling medallion! These were $30 originally but at 50% off… hello little architectural miracle, you are jumping into my shopping cart!
REMOVE THE MIRROR-
The mirror came out very easily with a phillips screwdriver.
Please note that this is not the mirror I chose for the powder room – I kinda got too excited to see if it would work that I didn’t take pictures of the process. If I was going to paint this – I would use Elmers glue on the mirror part. Paint and peel the Elmer’s glue off – your’e welcome!! 

I wasn’t too keen on the color since I had gold leafed the chandy. I grabbed one of my favorite metallic spray paints –
And changed its destiny. No longer a simple wall mirror but now a little bit of ceiling art. Because I had the spray paint in my stash, wanna know how much this set me back?
5 BIG ONES! 5 BUCK A ROOS! $5!
My apologies for the photo lighting- it’s hard to photograph in a room without windows. But you see how complete the ceiling lighting is now, right?
INSTALLATION-
This “ceiling medallion” was so light weight that I didn’t have to add liquid nails or screws or hooks to keep it in place. Please over do the safety if you find your dream mirror turn medallion – make sure it won’t come crashing down in the middle of the night or on you.
I was looking online and came across this little guy from Ballard Designs… for $79.99. You could purchase this idea but it is no longer available, so there’s that.
If you are like me and need to keep it to a certain price range- take these ideas and while you are out and about, find your way to the clearance aisles of stores (you know I am a big fan of clearance aisles. HUGE.) You never know what treasure might await!

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  • Kay
    Kay
    on Nov 21, 2019

    Great idea, but how did you put up the medallian, without taking down the light.?

  • Sabrina's Organizing
    Sabrina's Organizing
    on Oct 29, 2020

    Clever! I will have to try this in my dining room. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • How did you put it up there! Did you have to take the light down? Does the medallion have opening someplace where it just slips around the chain?

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