Asked on Apr 21, 2018

Can I add a ceiling medallion without taking down the fan and light?

Debbie Shaw
by Debbie Shaw
I don't work with electricity at ALL, and without having to call an electrician, is there a way to cleanly add a ceiling medallion around a ceiling fan/light fixture without taking it down? Thanks!

  11 answers
  • Judi McManus Judi McManus on Apr 21, 2018

    If I was doing this project I cut an straight line through the medallion on one side, from outside to the hole that goes around the ceiling, fit this around the ceiling fixture add some glue to the ceiling where you will join this together and press seam back together again. You may want to add a little white paint on the seam.

    you should be good to go!

  • Stuart Stuart on Apr 21, 2018

    Sure, just like plumber's have 'imscussion plates' excuse my spelling, and my dad probably was calling it wrong, but they are the covers that go around pipes where they enter walls, the have some, that have a hinge on them and are open to put around pipe, or dad wold just take a round closed one and cut one side from outside into middle opening or vice versa, they're made of plastic so it just bends and you put it around the pipe. So, if you can't find one of those medallions that are made in 2 pieces, take one and prbably use like a hack saw, curve the cut at an angle, that will help it fit together and hide the cut. if cut is showing, just use some spackle and your finger and smooth it out. BUT, just as a neighbor or a friend or a friend's hubby, they could disconnect the fan, you put up the medallion, they hook fan back up, it wouldn't take very long or be much trouble.

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    • Melissa Winn Melissa Winn on Oct 07, 2019

      escutcheon plates, those round cover things hide gaps where pipes come thru walls under a sink, behind a shower head or shower lever control, etc. you almost had it ;)

  • John Mooney John Mooney on Apr 21, 2018

    Nope, the fan has to come down. he hole in the medallion is much smaller than the motor on the fan, right?

  • William William on Apr 21, 2018

    John Mooney is right. The hole in the medallion is smaller than the fan cover. The medallion is not flexible enough to cut a slot and slip it over. The fan will need to be removed.

  • M. M.. M. M.. on Apr 21, 2018

    An escutcheon plate in two halves might work better than a medallion, or the idea above of cutting medallion in half with a sharp craft knife might be your best bet, then tape, spackle, paint the join...

  • Stuart Stuart on May 05, 2018

    WEll good luck! be careful on that ladder!! and i'm sure someone who works at home depot or lowes could at least cut it for you in the store. maybe cutting out a slice, like a pie but with more squared point end. you could slide into place one big piece with glue already underneath, and then come back later and insert the pie peice. and you never know if you ask yo u might find some nice folks who would help out for free. if you go to church, i guarantee there is someone there who would help you and i'm not a church going person, but i'm sure there would be.

  • Stuart Stuart on May 05, 2018

    Most real men, enjoy helping out and using their skills for someone, who is thankful. it warms the heart much more than money ever will.

  • Stuart Stuart on May 05, 2018

    or a good meal is worth more than money too!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 05, 2018

    To start with, measure the base of the ceiling fan where it attaches to the ceiling and measure your medallion can fit around it, if so cut it in half and glue it up. Remember, measure twice and cut once!

  • Emery Mojica Emery Mojica on May 15, 2019

    Nope. The fan has to come down.

  • Jeannie Parisi Jeannie Parisi on Jul 09, 2019

    They sell 2 piece medallions-easy peasy to install