Reinstalling the Medallions

My friend Todd has put in yeoman work restoring the medallions, and last week and this he has been working at the house getting ready to reinstall them. This is a massive favour he is doing us, as his work as a decorative plasterer usually involves Venetian plaster finishes rather than overwrought Victorian ornament.

The medallion hanger installed

In the fall I purchased hangers for the medallion light fixtures, and the general contractor was a little puzzled by them. Todd sorted that out and installed them last week, repairing the ceiling drywall around them (I think this is now the fourth time that poor ceiling has been cut open and patched).

Ceiling paint touchup

Today he touched up the ceiling paint where he'd made the patch, just to make the process of touching up around the medallions less painful. While he did that, I went into the basement and painted the medallions we have here (there's another we can pick up from a plaster restorer in San Francisco tomorrow).

Front parlour medallion

When last we saw these medallions, they were under many coats of paint and looking quite grim. Todd painstakingly stripped them, patched up the missing bits, and made them look totally freaking amazing, if I may say so.

Holy cow these medallions look good

This one is from the front parlour. The back parlour has a similar medallion with a somewhat simpler design.

Back parlour medallion

What's interesting to me is that the front parlour medallion has the ring of morning glory vines around it that are on separate pieces that go around the center cone, while the back parlour medallion's ring of morning glories is cast integral with the center cone.

The interesting part is that the back parlour medallion is actually a new one: Todd found the same medallion at the plasterer's in San Francisco and arranged a trade where she gave him a new one in exchange for getting to copy our dining room medallion.

The other two medallions are the front bedroom:

Front bedroom medallion repaired

Now no longer in a million pieces! This looks remarkable good for a medallion that was literally scraped off the ceiling and thrown away.

And the front hall:

Front hall medallion

This one was not damaged or even excessively painted, but it sure cleaned up nice.

I spent the afternoon in the basement painting those medallions, which was a bit of a touchy job to get them painted without globs and get all the tight odd spots painted. When I came upstairs, the light was looking amazing.

Touched up paint

Other things that have happened in the last couple weeks: the heating system is up and running, the island is being assembled, the front stairs have been rebuilt yet again, and we are getting closer to figuring out a move-in date.

posted by ayse on 02/20/19

2 Comments

Wow, this is just such a huge project from the foundation on up. It must be thrilling to be so close to moving back in. Did you save any of the pink paint for posterity?
We rigged up some hangers for some of the light fixtures, but I would love to know where you can buy hangers for the medallion light fixtures ready made.

Holy cow! This is stunning! Last I read, you were moving to The Admiralty and I misunderstood it to mean that Casa Decrepit was a thing of the past.
I've spent time catching up this afternoon, after re-finding you on old houses.com, another beloved site.
I am so very excited for you! Wow. Wow. Wow!!!

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