Thrifted Ceiling Medallion Makeover

Thrifted Ceiling Medallion Makeover - Pocketful of Posies

Hi All!

Today I am back with my latest and greatest thrift store flip and the best part is, I’m not alone!  This week I have teamed up with 18 of my favorite bloggers to bring you a Thrifted Item Makeover Hop.   If these projects don’t inspire you to head to your nearest thrift store then nothing will!

Thrift Store Item Makeover Hop - Pocketful of Posies


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Hood Creek Log Cabin

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DIY Passion


Canary Street Crafts

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Little Red Brick House

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Refresh Living


The Crowned Goat

Bees N Burlap

Iris Nacole

Honey n Hydrangea

Little House of Four

2 Bees In A Pod

Mom Home Guide

Medaillion (1 of 7)While out shopping at my favorite thrift store a few weeks ago I ran across this little gem.  Not only was it adorable but it was screaming for a makeover.  Now, I would like to tell you bought it, but I didn’t.  In the interest of buying less I walked away from this big cutie and headed home with my basket of other goodies.   Then it happened.  I couldn’t sleep, knowing that perfect medallion was sitting back at the Salvation Army was killing me!  Why didn’t I buy it?  What was I thinking?   It would look great on my mantle.  So it was settled I would go back first thing in the morning and get it.  And wouldn’t you know, I was there waiting in the parking lot before they opened to collect this gem the next morning.

Now mind you, when I dragged home my latest thrifted find the color was awful.  It was some sort of weird burnt copper color and to top it off who ever painted it the first time, did a down right awful job.  But it was nothing a little paint couldn’t fix.

project recipe

Ceiling Medallion
Valspar Paint Bleached Shadow 4002-1c (gray)
Valspar Paint Lincoln White Sash 7004-14 (white)
Cling On Paint Brush
Vaseline/Petroleum Jelly
0000 Steel Wool
220 grit sandpaper

Thrfted Celing Medallion Makeover - Pocketful of Posies

After giving my thrifted ceiling medallion a through cleaning using my favorite homemade cleaner and a lint free cloth I applied one coat of my gray Valspar Paint (Bleached Shadow 4002-1c).

Thrifted Ceiling Medallion Makeover - Pocketful of Posies
Once all the gray paint was dry I applied small swipes of Petroleum Jelly over any details that I wanted the gray paint to show through.  Then I applied a two quick coats of my white Valspar Paint (Lincoln White Sash 7004-14) using a light dabbing method as to not smear the jelly everywhere.

Thrifted Ceiling Medallion Makeover, DIY Wall Medallion, Thrift Strore Flip - Pocketful of Posies
Finally before all the paint had a change to thoroughly dry I used a fine 0000 Steel wool to rub away the white paint where I applied the Petroleum Jelly exposing the gray paint underneath.  For a little added texture I also used my 220 grit sandpaper to expose a very small amount of the copper color.

Thrifted Ceiling Medallion Makeover, DIY Wall Medallion, Thrift Strore Flip - Pocketful of Posies
Once I was done distressing my medallion all that was left to do was clean up all the dust and crevasses using the brush attachment on my vacuum and to add my beautiful new medallion to my mantel.

Thrifted Ceiling Medallion Makeover - Pocketful of Posies

My Thrifted Ceiling Medallion was the perfect way to add a little extra texture to my mantle and it looks amazing with my new iron candle sticks from Decor Steals (affiliate).

Thrifted Ceiling Medallion Makeover, DIY Wall Medallion, Thrift Store Flip - Pocketful of Posies


Thrifted Ceiling Medallion Makeover, DIY Wall Medallion, Thrift Store Flip - Pocketful of Posies

Salvaged Wood Serving Board (10 of 15)


Thrifted Ceiling Medallion Makeover, DIY Wall Medallion, Thrift Store Flip - Pocketful of Posies
I hope you enjoyed my Thrifted Ceiling Medallion Makeover!  Please don’t forget to stop by and check out everyone’s thrifted projects!  There are several stunning projects in there that you won’t want to miss!


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25 thoughts on “Thrifted Ceiling Medallion Makeover

  1. So pretty! It is much prettier in white than the color it was before. I loved hearing your story about walking away from the medallion and then having to go back for it. I’m still kicking myself for walking away from a few things recently that WEREN’T there when I went back!

  2. Cat – this is really pretty! I’m so excited you went back to the store for this piece. The way you layered the paints and textured it is just gorgeous. Love love love, hugs, CoCo

  3. So, so pretty Cat! I’ve seen these before but would’ve never thought to use it like this! Love the perfectly distressed look! So glad to have you on this blog hop! xo

    1. It’s not the first I’ve walked away and gone back for something and it won’t be the last. But I agree, I am so glad I went back for it! Thank you so much for stopping by Lauren!!

  4. Youinspred me! I found a medallion on a Facebook yard sale page for $20. When my bedroom is repainted (which will be in a week or so) this medallion is getting it’s own makeover and will go on my wall. Would show it to you but there isn’t a photo upload button lol.

  5. The medallion looks so pretty on your mantel, and I like this color so much better then before. I’m glad you went back and got it. There have been so many times that I wanted to kick myself for not getting something. Then when I do go back it’s gone.

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