Southern Rose Architectural Specialties
FAQs & "HOW TO"
How to select the proper size ceiling
How to install a ceiling
How to install a
surface mounted wall niche.
How to install a
recessed wall niche.
To select the proper size
ceiling medallion, consider 3 factors -
1) The size of your fixture - Medallions should be larger or smaller
than the diameter of your fixture, but preferrably not the same size.
2) The height of the ceiling - The higher your ceiling, the larger
the medallion that you can use. For example, a two story foyer
can easily use a 35 - 37" medallion, due to the ceiling height.
3) The size of the room - The larger your room, the larger the medallion
that you can use. For a typical Dining Room with an 8 - 9 foot ceiling,
a medallion that is 26 - 32 inches in diameter will usually work well.
To install a
Polyurethane Ceiling Medallion - (Existing Light Fixture) -
1) Remove existing light fixture. Be sure to turn off all power to the
fixture before you begin.
2) Center the medallion on the electrical box, and after positioning,
draw the outline of the medallion on the ceiling.
3) If the medallion does not have a center hole, find the center of the
medallion, then use an electric drill with a hole saw (like those
used to drill holes for door knob sets) and drill out the center
of the medallion. Be sure that the hole saw is smaller than the
diameter of of your fixture cap, so that the cap will cover the hole.
4) Drill 4 - 6 pilot holes around the perimeter of the medallion, then
countersink slightly. Drill the holes in areas that can be easily filled.
5) Reposition the medallion on the ceiling, extend the pilot holes
into the ceiling, then use drywall screws to attach the medallion
to the ceiling. Tighten the screws snugly, but do not over-tighten.
If you wish, you can also use a thin bead of construction adhesive
on the medallion, before screwing it into place.
6) Fill screw holes, caulk the perimeter of the medallion where it
contacts the ceiling, and paint the medallion. You may want to
paint the medallion before installing, then touch up the screw holes
7) Rehang your fixture. Be sure to follow all electrical codes and
requirements for your area. Depending on the fixture, you may
need to extend the threaded rod that holds the fixture, due to the
thickness of the medallion.
8) Handle medallions carefully. They are made from durable
polyurethane, but they will break if dropped, so handle with care!
To install a Surface Mounted
Wall Niche -
1) Position the niche on the wall, in the desired location.
2) Level the niche, then trace the outline on the wall.
3) Drill pilot holes in the niche frame, then countersink slightly.
4) Apply construction adhesive to the back of the niche, then
attach the niche to the wall with drywall screws. For large niches,
try to attach some of the screws into the wall framing. If this is not
possible, you can use drywall anchors for additional strength.
Whenever drilling holes in your wall, be aware of possible
electric or plumbing lines in the area. Avoid surprises!
5) Fill the screw holes, caulk, and paint the niche.
To install a Recessed Wall Niche -
(Into an existing wall) -
1) Before ordering, be sure that you will have sufficient wall
depth to accomodate the niche. Some niches will fit into a
standard wall, while others require extra wall depth.
2) Locate wall studs in the area where you wish to install the niche.
3) Plan to install the niche insert between wall studs, if possible.
4) Level the niche insert, then trace the outline on the wall.
5) Cut a hole in the wall, following the outline of the niche insert.
Before cutting, check for electric lines and plumbing lines
that could be in the wall - Avoid surprises!.
6) Add additional framing as required to support the niche.
7) Position niche insert into the wall.
8) Level, then attach niche insert to framing with finishing nails.
9) Position niche frame over insert, then attach frame with
10) Countersink all nails, fill holes, caulk and paint.
VISIT OUR ONLINE CATALOG
Note - This information is provided as a service, and is only intended
to provide general guidelines. It may not be applicable to all products.
You should determine if the information is suitable for your specific
project/product, and that all work complies with local building codes.
Southern Rose/Classicdetails disclaims all liability
related to the use of information that is presented here.
We will be happy to provide specific instructions and
installation advice for products that we sell.