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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Turning a ceiling medallion into a wreath


While sifting through a thrift store near Southern Pines (about 1 hour south of Raleigh, NC), I ran across a small white ceiling medallion. A few months ago, I probably would have walked right by it, but after infusing Pinterest into my crafty brain, I knew it had potential! It was hanging on the wall, like a wreath, and I knew it had to be mine. For $2, it went home with me, where it promptly got a coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint in "French Linen". Thankfully my Sister-in-Law, Jacque (of thediyvillage.com) was in town and had a sample pot of chalk paint for me to try!

Small, white ceiling medallion - from Lowes.com
I laid some newspaper out on the table, and used a small paintbrush to cover the medallion with the paint. I just did one coat of paint, and it left a vintage feel to the "wreath". While I love how it turned out, if I were to do it again, I'd just spray paint it...there were lots of nooks and crannies, so it felt like it took FOREVER to cover with the small paintbrush.

Once it was dry, I tried hanging it on our front door...but it was way too small (this medallion is only about 12" in diameter), so it looked a little goofy. I tried hanging it from the mirror in our front hall, but given that the hubs and I are both tall, the wreath fell *right* over the reflection of our faces - kinda defeats the purpose of a mirror by the front door, don't you think? Then, it hit me...I had the perfect space!! A small wreath holder that's been hanging out in our downstairs bathroom since...(I'm ashamed to admit it)...we moved into this house over a year ago.

Ta da - It's the perfect size for that space!
*If you wanted to use this on your front door, or elsewhere outside, you'd need to spray it with some sort of polyurethane that's water-resistant/waterproof. Even then, I wouldn't recommend hanging it where it could get wet (where there isn't a roof or overhang of some kind...to protect it)

Can't you just see it with a thick red ribbon tied around it for the Holidays?!

Have you made a wreath with unconventional items? Tell me about it!!


  1. Awesome find and great idea to repurpose the medallion!

    1. Thanks, Matt! I'm really happy with the end-result. Who woulda thought a ceiling medallion could be such a cute wreath?

  2. This is such a clever idea! I have several of these and now you've inspired me!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

  3. Karianne, I'm so pleased to have shared some inspiration! Good luck with your medallion wreaths, and send pictures if you can :)