Replacing/Updating Fluorescent Ceiling Box Lights With Ceiling Molding

As is typical in a lot of houses built in the 70s and 80s, our kitchen had a large fluorescent light box on the ceiling. After removing the box and replacing the lights with LED recessed fixtures and a couple chandeliers I was facing the problem of the drywall patch not completely matching the texture of the ceiling.
To solve this problem I used chair rail molding to create a "faux trey ceiling" and completely mask the patch. I couldn't be happier with the outcome of this update!
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The track in the ceiling where the box fixture used to be.
Adding molding to the ceiling masks the drywall patch and adds architectural interest.
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  • Pat34300845 Pat34300845 on Nov 07, 2018

    Love your solution! I will probably use this one on mine. It's by far the best one I've seen, and as it's over a round kitchen table, it's perfect. Where did you find the light fixture?


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