Covering Cracks Around A Light Fixture With A Ceiling Medallion

Whitney Houston once famously said “crack is whack.” I don’t think she had the ceiling of Clara’s room in mind when she said it, but hopefully she’d agree that the situation around Clara’s aqua-colored capiz chandelier could indeed be called “whack.”

You never saw this in any previous photos – nor could you really notice it that much in real life – but when installing Clara’s light fixture (which we got here for $50) we became well aware of this unsightly ceiling problem that was previously hidden beneath the larger based ceiling fan. So we finally got around to fixing it. And it was easy thanks to this $19 ceiling medallion that we got at Home Depot. Gotta love when a quick project doesn’t snowball into something nightmare-ish.

Sure, we could’ve spackled the cracks, but we’ve always toyed with the idea of a decorative medallion in her room (especially since we plan to paint her ceiling and add crown molding down the line) so the fact that adding one now would be both decorative and functional pushed us over the edge and we decided to take the plunge (two idioms in one sentence – how many bonus points is that?).

We went with a fairly simple bead-like bordered design, instead of a more ornate version, just because we figured it would fit the style of Clara’s room best (slightly feminine & slightly modern). And the 16″ diameter seemed just right for the size of her fixture. Plus, this version was a cinch to install. Basically I just had to remove the light fixture – which really shows off the crack problem:

And reattach the whole thing with the wires now threaded through the medallion. It looked a little something like this mid-project:

All I had to do after that step was screw the fixture back to the ceiling to hold everything in place. Since these smaller sized medallions are so light (they’re made of plastic, but look convincingly like carved wood once they’re hung) the instructions didn’t require any screwing or gluing to the ceiling to keep it in place. The light fixture itself does all the work. I guess that’s so the medallion can focus on covering up those cracks.

Someday Sherry wants to put some white paint on that metal ring to help it blend even more, but for now we think Ms. Houston would be proud of our crack-free results. Especially considering the whole thing took me about 15 minutes to do.

We also like that when the light is on it kinda makes the whole fixture look a bit more stately thanks to the ceiling reflections that “play” nicely with the new medallion.

It totally makes us excited to paint the ceiling and add crown molding down the line in there (even though the medallion is paintable, we think it’ll look best to keep it white so it pops off whatever soft ceiling color we settle on someday).

Have any of you guys used ceiling medallions in your home? Was it to hide a problem or just for looks?


  1. Ali says

    You guys are so funny – love how you never miss a great pop culture reference. Do you ever watch The Soup? I think you would crack (is whack) up at it. Totally your sense of humor. Anywho, I love that these medalions exist – what a great idea – not only did it fix the problem, but it’s a great dash of flair!

  2. aluck says

    I’m glad you posted this! I have the same issue around the ceiling fan in my living room. Now that I know how simple and cheap this is – I think we will go ahead and fix or whacky crack problem.

  3. Kelly Carlson says

    This made such a big difference! I can’t wait to see what you do in your bedroom (for lighting, that is ; ) and for the happy days when you get around to painting all those ceilings!

  4. Angela says

    We have 3 in our home strictly decorative but I really like them.

    This looks great and a great solution to your problem.

  5. says

    I used one in my bedroom, to hid the cut out from the ceiling fan fixture when I replaced it with an Ikea chandelier. Same deal as yours, nothing super ornate, just a simple one.

  6. says

    We used one in our dining room to hide some blemishes when we swapped ceiling fixtures.

    We also used a plastic one, but painted it the same white as the ceiling to soften it a little bit – without the paint it looked like plastic, with the paint it looks wonderful and like real solid wood. Love this quick fix!

  7. Stefanie says

    “Do you have the receipts?!” Man, that was one of the greatest interviews ever, besides this whole Charlie Sheen thing we’ve got going on right now.

    That ceiling medallion is a great fix..and I think adds so much more to the chandelier.


  8. Nicole says

    Looks fantastic!

    We used one because we replaced a light with a fan in our bedroom and the hole was too big. One day we hope to patch the ceiling, but for now, it was easy and cheap to just stick a medallion up!

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