Things Are Looking up. Pretty New Ceiling Treatment, Cornices & Crown

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A few years ago a bought a real fixer. Over the years I totally gutted it and opened up the living room,dining room and kitchen. It was nice but opening up the space left the 8 ft ceiling looking boring. Structurally I couldn’t raise the ceiling. But I still wanted to add some interest to the ceiling and better define the spaces.

Once I decided the size, I nailed strips of wood on the ceiling against the side walls to make it easier to keep frames straight and centered.

After cutting all the pieces of the frames I laid them down on the floor to make sure they all aligned

I actually glued the end pieces of the frames together before I attached to the ceiling. I could have just made rectangular frames, that would have been so much easier, but thought it would look too boxy

I attached my first long piece with nails and glue and butted it up against the wood strips that I had previously nailed to the ceiling. Then I just continued to attach the rest of the frame. I would suggest that you plan to finish attaching the frame before the glue has much time to dry in case you have to adjust when you get to the last piece.

Even though I nailed molding to the ceiling, the nails don’t hold that well. So I used 1 x 2s to prop it up and hold in place as the glue was drying. I waited over night to make sure the glue was dry.

Finished Living room framed ceiling treatment

Finished ceiling frame in the dining room

I also added cornices to windows out of 1 x 8”s

About $75 for the 3 cornices.

I had 5” recessed lights installed by an electrician in the corners of the living room frame that are 4” from the inside edge moulding. This cost was not included. Recessed Lights are available at Home Depot or Amazon

I added a Fetco Medallion from Amazon to cover the outlet for a ceiling fan that I didn’t want. It was $80 Lastly I added the crown moulding for the crowning glory. Lowe’s has contractors bundles of crown. I needed 2 bundles $200.

I painted the ceiling the same color as the walls except for the inside of the frames remained white to help set off all the trim work.

Finished project. I love it. Can’t believe what a difference it made. If you click on my profile you will see my other projects. The Swan picture was purchased at a discount art gallery in Naples Florida that is now closed. It is not signed by an artist and there is nothing to identify it.

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  • Terry Shultz Terry Shultz on Oct 06, 2020

    Loved it, just breath taking

    Where did you get the painting of the swans


  • Sjt29229935 Sjt29229935 on Apr 05, 2021

    Wonderful talent as to interior decorator. Your creativity is impressive. I see the original post was from 2018. Are you still loving the ceiling? My only question/concern is if you ever decided to change the room arrangement you are rather locked in. And along that same thought process, if after gluing the trim to the ceiling, it will be a bear to remove. I would imagine you will have major ceiling repairs or the need to replace entire ceiling. Just curious.

  • Richard Richard on Apr 06, 2022

    Not a question. What a beautiful space.

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  • Good job sure improved the space! Make and hang this diy boho shade from that empty medallion on the living room ceiling!

  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Apr 06, 2022

    Absolutely stunning. Love that this can be done probably in any room that you would like to dress up. Nice job. It looks beautiful.