This is a follow-up to a post from a few weeks back, RANARP Light Fixture Blues:
If you remember, just before Christmas we were trying to knock off a few little projects around the house. One of them was moving the kitchen light to my new office, and installing a new Ikea pendant in its place. What should have been a quick job turned into a frustrating stalemate. The RANARP pendant ceiling fitting turned out to be a poorly designed mess:
As you can see, the ceiling cover does not fit over the supplied metal plate from which the light itself hangs. And, to make it even worse, neither the plate nor the cover are large enough to fit over a standard North American junction box. The result is an ugly gaping circle of cut drywall.
We live quite a distance from Ikea, and so, uncertain if we could somehow rig up a fix, I managed to get an extension on the Ikea return window, and we put the light mess on the back burner over the holidays. Since I really like the design (and frankly, the price) of the light, I wanted it to work. My husband thought maybe he could fix up a new, smaller metal plate to attach the light, but that still would not have covered the hole, so there would have been some drywall repair. It’s ridiculous to have to get into that level of work for a new light. But it was sweet of him to even consider it.
This weekend, with the return deadline looming, it occurred to me that perhaps an easy way to fix the mess was to simply cover it. With a ceiling medallion. It was worth a try, if it could save both a long drive, and a dark blank hole over the kitchen table, while I tried to find a replacement. I like shopping as much as the next person, but this was not an exciting prospect.
So, it was off to Home Depot. We found this inexpensive pot light medallion ($12.99):
If you’re in the same boat, I think this one from Amazon would work even better:
It’s 10″ wide and has a smooth centre, without ridges to line up with the pendant cover, unlike the one we used.
The main thing is the inner circle needs to be smaller than the diameter of the light cover in order to work, which is no problem with most pot light medallions. And the plainer the style you can find, the better.
The installation did require some finagling, as the screws at the top protruded a little bit. Cutting out little depressions from the styrofoam allowed the medallion to sit flush.
Once it was up, it did require a couple of small nails to hold it in place, and a bead of caulk around both the outside of the medallion close to the ceiling, and the inner circle where the cover met the medallion. Caulk covered the nail holes as well. Caulk is your friend. Use it generously.
Overall, this was a pretty easy fix. It looks nice too, with the medallion and cover echoing the shape of the hanging pendant.
But Ikea? Really? This is a major design flaw.
Part one of this story here.