Category: DIY Installs

DIY Installation of a Ceiling Rose

Posted on 01 Oct, 2015

The AllPlasta Guide To  :   Installing Your Own Ceiling Rose.

A decorative plaster ceiling rose can enhance any room, and here at AllPlasta we have a large range of ceiling rose styles to choose from. But once you have got your rose, what do you do?

It really is a simple DIY Install job and anyone can do it!

BEFORE YOU START

The first thing to do is get your tools together, don’t worry, you don’t need many:

  1. Your AllPlasta Ceiling Rose
  2. Cornice adhesive
  3. Adhesive Spreader
  4. Drill
  5. Knife
  6. Sandpaper
  7. Dust Mask
  8. Measuring Tape
  9. Sponge
  10. Screws
  11. Nails

Once you have them, it’s time to move on to installation.

CEILING ROSE INSTALLATION

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PREPARATION

As with all these jobs, preparation is the key to success, so make sure everything is right before you start the installation.

The first job is to isolate the light fitting, this is best left to the professionals so get an electrician in to do it for you, once that is done you can then drill a hole through the center of the rose for the wiring to go through.

The next part depends on the ceiling surface you are dealing with, if the ceiling is painted or otherwise decorated, you need to deal with this before you can begin installation. For wallpaper you will obviously have to remove it from the area the rose will be fixed to, for a painted ceiling you can use your sandpaper to scuff up the paint so the adhesive can grab more effectively.

INSTALLATION

This starts with the adhesive. Mix up enough adhesive for the job according to the instructions, and then apply it to the back of the rose with the adhesive spreader. You don’t want to overdo the adhesive, else it will spread out of the edges of the rose and look unsightly, use the spreader to make neat beads of adhesive across the whole surface.

Once the adhesive is applied, you can install the rose by placing it in the correct position, being careful to ensure it is central to the light fitting, and press firmly for a few minutes to allow the adhesive to grab. To secure it until the adhesive is fully dry there are a couple of options, you can use a couple of lengths of timber to prop it up from the floor (in this case remember to place a soft cloth or other cushioning material between the prop and the rose to avoid damage), or you can use two or three screws and screw it to the joists above to keep it in place. Either way once the adhesive has fully set you can use a damp sponge to clean off any excess adhesive and clean off the rose for any decoration you wish to add.

It really is that simple to add an AllPlasta ceiling rose to your room, careful preparation is all that is needed for a perfect installation, and with our huge range of styles available, there is definitely something perfect for your home.

DIY Installation of Cornices

Posted on 25 Aug, 2014

Our plaster cornices and moldings provide an excellent addition to any home, complementing any style of décor and creating a professional, finished look to any room, but one of the questions we often see is whether DIY installation is feasible.

The short answer is yes, the long as is still yes, but with some instructions to go with it!

Before you start

The first thing to do is get your tools together, don’t worry, you don’t need many:

• Your AllPlasta Cornice
• Cornice adhesive
• Adhesive Spreader
• Measuring Tape
• Mitre Box
• Fine Toothed Saw
• Sponge

Once you have them, it’s time to move on to installation.

Cornice Installation

Preparation
Preparation is everything when doing a job like this, so it’s time for the tape measure and pencil! Measure and mark where the bottom of your AllPlasta cornice will be, so you have a guide when installing it. Then measure the length of each wall to work out how much cornice you will need for each one.

Sort your cornice for each wall, it can be helpful here to mark on the back of each length which wall they will go on, although for a small room this probably isn’t necessary.

At this point it is time to cut the corner pieces, and although this is the bit that tends to worry many, this is not difficult, just take your time with it.

Using your mitre box, place your cornice in upside down, with the bottom edge at the top of the box. Then it is simply a question of using the guides to cut the cornice accurately. Cutting plaster is not a problem if you use a fine toothed saw and only use the forward motion of the saw to cut. That is, only put pressure on the blade as you push forwards, and allow it to drag back without any weight. This will ensure a nice clean cut, just be patient. You can always practice on an offcut first to get the hang of it.

Remember, for an internal angle, the long point is at the bottom, for external, it is at the top.

Fitting
With everything measured up, cut, marked up and sorted, it is time to put up the cornice. Fitting it is actually straightforward, mix up some adhesive, spread a bead along the top and bottom edges of the back of the cornice, and along edges that meet other sections, such as the mitres. Do one piece at a time, mix and apply the adhesive, and simply press it into place. When you are happy with its position, leave it for around half an hour to set. For longer pieces of cornice it is possible to support it with temporary nails that you can knock in just below the bottom edge to hold it in place should sagging be a problem.

Final Steps
First take out any temporary nails if you used them, and smooth off the adhesive at joins and mitres before it fully hardens, you can clean the whole cornice down with a damp sponge to remove excess adhesive and ensure a good surface for decorating.

And that is it! Cornices look great and are easy to fit, just a bit of care and planning required really, AllPlasta have such a huge range of cornices to choose from, there really is something for everyone, so what are you waiting for?