Secure Rose to Ceiling

Attach Plaster Rose Into Ceiling Joists

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Step 1

If you have a plaster wall finish or if you've just completed drywalling, adding the touch of a plaster, wood or polyurethane ceiling rose, also called ceiling medallion, can make a dramatic impression, especially in a dining room or living room. The method for installing a ceiling rose is fairly similar for each type of material — shown below is the installation of a plaster ceiling rose. Follow all manufacturers' instructions for the material you choose.

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Step 2

Before You Start

  • Consider your electrical wiring. Consult with an electrician if you need to move your electrical work before installing the ceiling rose.
  • If your ceiling is already painted, you will need to rough up the surface area by scoring back and forth where the rose will be attached.
  • Large plaster ceiling roses are heavy and need to be attached very firmly to the ceiling.
  • Polyurethane ceiling roses are lightweight and can be installed with double-stick tape and finish nails.

Step 3

Locate Ceiling Joists

Use Stud Detector to Locate Ceiling Joists

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Find Joists

Use a detector to find the joists nearest your chosen point for the rose. Mark their position and the direction in which they run.

Step 4

Mark Position of Ceiling Rose

Hold Ceiling Rose in Position and Mark Guide Line

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Mark Position

Hold the rose in position and mark where the joists cross it. Also draw a pencil guide line on the ceiling around the rose’s circumference.

Step 5

Drill Holes

Drill Holes in Plaster Ceiling Rose to Attach

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Drill Holes

Drill holes for attachments in the areas that will align with the joists. Use a slow drill speed to avoid cracking the rose.

Step 6

Enlarge Attachment Holes

Enlarge the entrances to the attachment holes with a countersink bit (Image 1). Again, be sure to use a slow drill speed. Withdraw the countersink bit when a hole is large enough to accommodate the heads of your chosen attachments (Image 2).

Step 7

Apply Adhesive

Apply Adhesive to Back of Plaster Ceiling Rose

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Apply Adhesive

Prepare the adhesive and use a filling knife to apply a good covering of adhesive across the back of the rose.

Step 8

Position Rose on Ceiling

Position Ceiling Rose Within Guide Lines

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Place Rose on Ceiling

Position the rose on the ceiling, inside the edge guide line and with holes in line with the joists. Apply light, even pressure.

Step 9

Secure Rose to Ceiling

Attach Plaster Rose Into Ceiling Joists

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Secure Rose to Ceiling

Attach wood screws through the holes in the rose and into the joists. Do not over-tighten them, or the rose may crack.

Step 10

Fill and Sand Holes

Fill and Sand Holes and Around Edges of Rose

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Fill and Sand Holes

Use adhesive or filler to fill the attachment holes. Fill around the edge of the rose, and smooth with a damp sponge. Once filler is dried, sand the filling holes and around the edge of the rose if necessary to achieve a smooth, even finish.