Sunburst Mirror Medallion DIY

gold sunburst mirror medalion light fixture

When renovating a space, it’s amazing to see how much changing out light fixtures can alter a room. We have mostly been focused on changing out wall colors and flooring options at our new house, but the existing light fixtures have really been killing the new room vibes.

So, I thought I should turn my attention upwards for a bit and find a solution for some of the basic fixtures in the house. I was searching online for something unrelated a few weeks ago when I ran across this amazing DIY light fixture that uses a sunburst medallion to makeover a standard “boob” light.

Not only is it genius, but I also happened to have the exact mirror that she used. So it seemed like the light and I were made for each other. I changed up the process and the light I chose a little to fit the more mid-century vibe we have going, but this is a great idea for anyone that wants to create a statement flush mount light on the cheap.

before photo of light fixture with silver around it and after photo of gold sunburst mirror medalion light fixture

sunburst mirror frame (You can use any similar mirror as long as the mirror can be taken out or carefully broken out so that you can use the frame.)
-ceiling flush mount light small enough to sit inside your mirror frame hole (something like this)
painter’s tape
-screws and a drill

someone holding a can of foil metallic gold and a view of the ceiling with painter's tape around light fixture

Now, since we are talking about removing and installing light fixtures, you can either do this project in tandem with an electrician, a family member or friend that has experience, or follow Mandi’s guide to hardwiring light fixtures yourself!

I just learned how to do it myself while working on this house. It’s really pretty simple once you get the hang of it, and I’m so glad I have that skill now.

OK, so, depending on the method you choose, you’ll need to remove the existing light fixture. Since I chose a light that was a few inches smaller than the mirror frame, I needed to paint the ceiling area that would be showing in between the fixture and the mirror.

I just placed each fixture where they would go and traced around them to get the area I needed to tape off and paint. If you’re worried about possible overspray from spray painting indoors, then use a liquid paint and brush instead (or hang up plastic behind you and make your husband hold the vacuum hose near the paint like I did—ha!).

Remove painter’s tape when dry.

someone screwing in a lightbulb into ceiling with gold sprayed around it

I took the same spray paint and painted the base of the light fixture so they would match (carefully taping off the inside and back so no electrical parts would get painted), attached the base of the light to the ceiling, and then added a bulb and attached the globe shade.

someone drilling into the ceiling to secure the gold sunburst mirror medalion around the light fixture

For the mirror frame, I bent back the tabs that were holding the mirror in place and removed the mirror and cardboard backing from the middle. All it needed was a coat of the same gold spray paint so they would all look like one unit and it was ready to hang!

I just used 4 screws and wedged them in between spokes of the light to hold the frame in place. Once the frame was secure, my new light was finished! 

sunburst mirror medalion around light fixturesunburst mirror medalion around light fixturesunburst mirror medalion around light fixture in a white kitchen

So much prettier, right?? It makes such a difference in the kitchen and adds a big dose of personality as well. If you want a little more of a pendant look you can also go for a sputnik light like this for a little more dimension (and here are some of our favorite lights on a budget).

If you like the idea of a ceiling medallion, but this is a bit too bold for you, check out this modern starburst medallion project instead. Either way, don’t forget when redecorating a space to look up every once in a while. There’s plenty of ways to change up your space on the ceiling too! xo. Laura

P.S. Check out more light fixtures and home decor on our wishlist and shopping pages!

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman.

  • is there a more secure way to secure a starburst Frame to the ceiling? I live in CA, earthquake country. I am always super vigilant about securing everything as much as possible in our home esp with two young children. Would hate for this to fall on some one if we had a strong earthquake.

  • Totally just pinned this because this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I can’t wait to try this in our kitchen!

  • This is so cute! I love how it turned out! I can’t wait to own a home, so I can do projects like this.


  • Interesting idea! I think I might do a mirror with wider sunbursts and maybe a matte paint to tone it down some, but it does make a nice statement.

  • Where you able to find this mirror recently? I tried to order it and it isn’t available in my area (O’Fallon, MO) or any surrounding area. When I called Home Depot customer service they couldn’t find it in their system at all. Customer Service called the manufacturer and said the mirror has been discontinued. So bummed!

  • Thanks for the great idea — I have a lovely old mirror frame that would be perfect for this! Love projects that make use of the stuff I love but can’t bear to throw out. 😀

  • Um this light is amazing, and I need it in my life, particularly in my bedroom, asap.


  • What a fun/necessary way to spice up those “boob lights” on the ceiling, as my husband and I refer to them! Love it!

    <3 Haley @

  • I loved it and then as I was reading the how to and saw the painted ceiling part I became unsure. Then nope it was great! Love this!

  • Such a fun way to add a little color and shape! So pretty!

  • I’m cracking up at the boob light thing. we have them too! hahah
    XO Ellen from Ask Away Blog

  • The light looks awesome! My favorite part though – the painted tile! I knew when you showed it earlier you’d hate it (i did too!). Can’t wait to see how, tour, and how it holds up!!

  • So in love with this!!very pretty !

    Rachel x

  • What a great, statement feature. Light fittings can be so boring, but this is gorgeous! I’m tempted to give it a go, but I doubt my skills are up to scratch!

    Alice /


  • I’m loving these home decor/DIY posts lately! My husband and I just moved into our first house and there are a lot of light fixtures that need updating, so I definitely want to try this!

  • You’ve done it again!!! This is such a fantastic idea! It makes a fun statement and livens up the space.


  • The after light looks so good! Another great DIY! (:

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  • This looks super pretty and professional on the photos! Before I saw the word “DIY” on your title I totally thought that you bought that from somewhere!

  • I’m so excited you tried the light, isn’t it just crazy easy?!! It looks fabulous in your kitchen! Thanks so much for the sweet shout out!

  • What a clever and gorgeous idea! I definitely spruces up the light! Brilliant!

  • Aaah I am seriously tempted to do this!

  • This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing from Simple Details! Unfortunately, I live in SF and can’t find the mirror anywhere close. Not even as far as LA!

  • This is so beautiful! Such a good idea.

  • Wow this is such a great project! I love how much it changes the space! Really brilliant to just paint the exposed part of the ceiling, too!

  • This is so cute!!! I love that green tile too! I can’t wait to see a house tour!

    • Hi! I too have that same mirror AND my kitchen has the first standard builder light. Did only 4 brass screws hold up well? Do you happen to know what size?

  • Wow! Such a creative idea! I despise “boob” lights and didn’t realize other people called them that too 🙂

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