Being first time home owners, we try our best to make smart upgrades to the house. While not every home improvement project is going to have a 100% return on investment, there are many projects add to a home’s value without costing much out of pocket. One simple upgrade we recently made was to switch out our builder basic flush-mount light in our entryway with a pretty, schoolhouse-style semi-flush fixture, accented by a simple ceiling medallion. The light adds style and functionality to the space, and it is a relatively inexpensive project that most DIYers can do!
ProBond Advanced is Elmer’s strongest and safest multi-surface glue that is able to provide strength, durability, and ease of use with a clean finished appearance. It provides you the ability to bond Mixed Materials such as wood to metal, glass to concrete, or ceramic to drywall without the messy residue often left behind from a polyurethane glue.
I knew that when we replaced the flush-mount light in our entryway, I would need to add a ceiling medallion first to cover any damage to the ceiling from the flush-mount. ProBond Advanced sounded like a good way to adhere a medallion to the ceiling without making a big mess.
I was both excited and anxious about switching out the fixture, since this was the first home improvement project I have done completely by myself. I did have to make one call to my dad for advice mid-installation, but the rest of the project was all me. It was easy to remove the old fixture (after turning off the power to the hallway, of course), especially since I had done some YouTube research before getting started.
I applied a good amount of Elmer’s ProBond Advanced to the ceiling medallion and centered it around the electrical box. I used painter’s tape to keep the medallion flush to the ceiling while the adhesive dried. Not pretty, but it worked.
After the glue was dry, I installed the new light following the directions in the box. Wiring a ceiling light is not much harder than rewiring a lamp (which I have done many times before), you just have to take extra precautions to make sure there is NO POWER running to the fixture. The wiring process went very smoothly. I had some issues caused by our slightly recessed electrical box, but a quick trip to the hardware store for new bolts fixed that.
I love our new schoolhouse style fixture. It adds character to what had been a fairly bland entryway. Sometime this summer, we hope to remove the carpet from the stairs and refinish the wood underneath. That too will add value to the house without spending a fortune. You can find the materials I used in this project at your local hardware store, or you can order from Amazon here. I will receive a small commission if you choose to purchase this way.
I bet you have a few home improvement items on your summer to-do- list. How would you use ProBond Advanced? For more ideas and tutorials visit Elmer’s Mixed Materials Pinterest board!
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