Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Oh, there is so much inspiration out there.
I saw a vintage frame on the ceiling over a chandelier with vintage music in it on Internet last fall. I wish I could remember where I saw it, but I can't. A friend of mine recently saw it in a magazine too.
It was something I knew I had to do in Anna's room. A simple frame with vintage paper. Easy, right?
Wrong. First, I have spent the last six months trying to find the perfect vintage frame for the project, that was under ten dollars. Not an easy thing to do.
I finally found one this weekend.

Here it is, NOT above the chandelier.

I loved it, it was the right price, my husband went to put it up as soon as the paint on it was dry. We thought liquid nails would hold it up there.
We were wrong.
It came crashing down, pulled the chandelier down, broke all the bulbs and we spent an hour cleaning up all the glass that was sprinkled in my daughters room.
We were afraid to screw it into the ceiling because the frame would probably crack, and my husband informed me that you can not just screw something into a ceiling near lights.
I guess that makes sense.

The ceiling was a mess. We thought we could scrape everything off, then paint the whole darn ceiling.
Not something I wanted to do.
I really, really wanted a frame above that light.

Then I remembered that we had some leftover styrofoam moulding from our room!
That saved the day!
I was being really stubborn. I really loved this idea!
So, I guess the vintage frame will make a good chalkboard, right?
I got the vintage paper from Etsy, and stuck it on there with double stick tape.
Do any of you know a safe way to get a frame to stay up on a ceiling?
I want to do the same thing in our room.


Jane said...

What a cute room! Sorry, no idea about the frame. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

It is a cute idea. My only concern, is paper so close to a light a possible fire hazard? It can get pretty warm near a light fixture.

Sarah and Jack said...

This old house says to use a urethane adhesive AND screws,,220916-2,00.html

There are a lot more articles out there, google "how to attach ceiling medallion"

If you are nervous about where your wiring is, you might want to consult an electrician.

(And I would imagine there is NO fire hazard, your chandy is hanging pretty low and each bulb is probably only 40 watts or less? Chandy bulbs aren't usually mega high watt bulbs.)


It looks adorable but I don't have a clue on how to adhere the frame, sorry, wish I could help.

beki said...

I have no practical tips, but it sure does look cute!

kim said...

I just saw this in 100 Ideas Flea Market Style. I'll check when I get home.

caknitter said...

I couldn't begin to tell you how to hang a frame from the ceiling.
I'll just sit back and enjoy the one in your daughter's room. Beautiful.
Sometimes being stubborn pays off. :-)

Barb said...

Such a beautiful idea. We have some double sided foam tape that NEVER comes off. That might just hold it.
Can't wait to see what else you come up with.

Hilary said...

That is SUCH a cool idea. I love how it turned out with the styrofoam moulding...I actually had no idea it wasn't a frame until you said something. Even if I knew of a way to safely hang a frame on a ceiling, I don't know if I could do it. Of course, I live in earthquake country, but I'd constantly be terrified that it would somehow get shaken loose and fall on someone. (Geez, I'm turning into my mother!)

QuiltedSimple said...

Oh this is a cute idea - and it looks fabulous!

Renee said...

Glue under the frame itself to the plaster/drywall as well find the ceiling joists where the frame crosses them and screw it in at those points.

You're not stubborn, you're persistent, in a great way! Love the result.

kaetrn said...

awesome idea! the light crashing down must have been awful...but you made a beautiful replacement!

Jessica said...

You have no idea how I want do that! I have no great idea about how to put up the frame. I try and stay as far from hammers as possible (I am dangerous!)

Katie Jean said...

that looks beautiful!

Ebeth said...

Katie - I love the ceiling frame! I think using the styrofoam was the ticket - nice and light!

Wendy said...

This is an incredible idea and I love it. It gives me a great idea for my room as well. I am going to experiment.
****have a mad and curious day

Unknown said...

How cute!! i dont know how i have come across your blog but its lovely!

All your craft ideas are fabulous and very cute :)