Monday, March 24, 2014

Medallion painting--how-to

Medallions are a wonderful way to accent a chandelier 
and create vertical balance in a room.
My friend has a dining room with 20ft ceilings 
and bought a chandelier that was 6ft high by 4 ft wide.

When you want to show off a chandelier that big, 
you really need to have something substantial at the 
point where the fixture is hanging to create a balanced look.

That's where medallions come in so beautifully.  
You can find them at most home improvement stores, 
but there are larger and more intricate 
ones on-line at very reasonable prices.

This medallion is more than 3 ft wide!
They come plain white and I didn't want all the details to get lost way up on the high ceiling.
I used a wash of Annie Sloan Old White to give the medallion a nice finish.
Then used the dark wax 
and a chip brush to highlight the areas I wanted to show off.
I wiped off the wax and rubbed it to give it a burnished finish.
  Careful to highlight only the raised areas.
 The end result was a a more subtle look 
that highlighted the architetural elements of the room.
 And let the large chandelier be anchored visually to the ceiling 
but still be the star of the room.

sharing with:
Inspired Sunday at Sunday View 
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House


  1. looks great, aimee! have a great day!

  2. It really does add a lot. That chandelier is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  3. Hi Aimee, Congratulations! I've nominated you for a Liebester Award! Pop on over to my blog for the details! Happy Friday :)

  4. That is quite a chandelier, Aimee! I love the Old World look you gave the medallion!


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