With my DIY sidekick (a.k.a. my dad) , we took this home office from done to dreamy. Let's walk through the steps we took to make this simple wow statement.
Step 1: Remove Pre-exisiting Light Fixture
Step 2: Mark Studs on Ceiling
Before we even did anything with the piece of wood, we mapped out how the wood was going to be attached on the ceiling. First thing was to use our stud finder to mark the studs. We started finding the studs closest to the light box. We marked them with a pencil on the ceiling and then verified the distance between each... 16" apart. We then took the measurements from the wall to the stud to get a better idea of how many studs our 4' x 4' piece would cover in its diagonal form. We wrote these measurements down so we could mark them again when we put the piece of wood in place on the ceiling.
Step 3: Measure the Light Fixture
For my light fixture, I had a 5.5" square cover and a wire box that had a 4" radius. In order to keep the wood piece within the square cover, but still allow the wire box to be accessible, I made the cut on the wood a 4.5" square. Be sure to measure and measure again before cutting. The goal is to get the light fixture cover to hide the entire opening in the wood once installed.