Thursday, May 2, 2013

My ceiling fan makeover

 I am so excited to share with ya'll the latest project I've done! 



I used to have this big eyesore in my living room...



My old, ugly ceiling fan. It used to have a cover for the light but I hated it. It was a yellowy orange color so the whole room had a weird color because of it. It was probably a year after we moved in that I took the light cover off, sold it in a yard sale and told myself I would take the fan down soon...

I didn't. In fact it's hung there, bare bulb and all, a lot longer than I would like to admit. But at least there's not a yellowy orange cast all over the room now, right? Having a bare bulb was a big improvement right? Uh not so much!


I eventually want to replace the fan with a pretty chandelier. But since I don't have the funds for a new light fixture at the moment, I decided to update the fan we have. I wanted to make it a little easier on the eyes while we had to live with it.



So first I took off the blades. I took apart most of it to take outside to paint. I did paint one part of it inside the house. I just made sure to tape it off really well and I laid an old blanket underneath to catch any drips just in case.

I gave everything a good cleaning before I painted. I used an oil rubbed bronze spray paint with a primer in it. Goodbye brass! Good riddance!


Once I had the blades off, I saw that the other side looked a lot better than what was originally showing on the fan. So I decided to attach them back with the dark side showing.


I then took a lamp shade I found at target a couple weeks ago. It was love at first sight with this lamp shade. I took a wire hanger and tied it around it so it would stay on my fan. It really doesn't look too pretty when you look straight up. Thankfully it's over my table so you really can't see the inside unless you lean across the table and look up. I'm sure I could probably make it a lot prettier looking inside if I wanted to. And I probably will take it off and work with making it look better. I was just so excited to get it up there, ha! 

I really wanted to show ya'll this picture tho because it can kind of give you an idea how you can attach a lamp shade to a ceiling fan.



Much better right? Here's a little side by side for comparison.




 So for $16 for the lamp shade and the cost of a little spray paint, I got rid of an eyesore. 






So has anyone else got rid of an eyesore lately? I have a few more in my house I need to tackle! 







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///Tuesday: The Inspiration Board Link Party @ Carolyn's Homework / Share it link party @ The Winthrop Chronicles 

///Wednesday: Sizzle into Summer @ DIY By Design / Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style / We Did It! Wednesday @ Sew much ado / Transformation Thursdays @ The Shabby Creek Cottage/Hookin up with HOH @ House of Hepworths/ Whatever goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts / Show and Share Wednesday @ Semi Homemade Mom 

///Thursday: Thursdays are your days @ 52 Mantels / Party Time @ The 36th Avenue / Live, Laugh, {Linky} Thursday @ Live Laugh Rowe / Thursday's Temptation @ Two Yellow Birds Decor / Pinterest Power Party @ The Taylor House/Link Party Thursday @ Somewhat Simple/ Keep Calm and Link up @ Becoming Martha/Flaunt it Friday @ Chic On A Shoestring DecoratingShine on Fridays @ One Artsy Mama 

///Friday: Creative Inspirations Linky Party @ Embracing Change / Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest / Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home / I'm Lovin' It Fridays @ Tidy Mom / {What's Shakin'} link party @ Shaken Together / Funky Junk's Party Junk @ Funky Junk Interiors/Weekend wrapup party @ Tatertots & Jello 

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38 comments:

  1. I had not thought about redoing a ceiling fan. I HATE the ceiling fan in my son's room and I want a new light fixture in there. My husband was telling me last night how expensive ceiling fans are so I was thinking that will be the last thing I get to but redoing it is much more doable. =)

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    1. Yes it was so much cheaper than getting a new fan! And everyone keeps telling me it looks brand new now, so glad I did it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. That looks great! I love it!

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  3. This is awesome! i recently took an ancient one down and made retro wall art BUT I have plenty of ugly lights that could use a spruce up! I am hosting today at http://www.frugalfitfamily.com and would love for you to swing by and share

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  4. I love the change! The spray paint to cover up the brass looks so good! Do you think you could paint the fan blades? White would look fun with your shade :o) Came over from What Shakin... I blog at nap-timecreations.com... would love to have you stop by.

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    1. Good idea about painting shades! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Love a great DIY makeover - this takes your room to a whole new level! Turned out great!

    I hopped over from The Shabby Nest and would love to have you link up with us for Thrifty Thursday at Living Well Spending Less! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/category/thrifty-thursday/

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  6. Wow...love it! What a creative idea!!

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  7. Great redo! Thanks for sharing. Paula

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  8. Never thought about spray painting the fan I have. I can't say how much I hate the faux brass look it has! Spray paint here I come! Thanks so much!

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    1. I hate that look too! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  9. Looks awesome Allie - what a huge difference! Love it!

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  10. Allie
    Great job! Looks so much better.
    I'm visiting you today from My Romantic Home. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesdays and would LOVE for you to add this. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, leave a comment and Link Up, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

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  11. You did such a fantastic job!!! Now you won't even need to replace it at all! I have the same issue with a fan in my living room... you have inspired me to tackle this now!

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    1. Awesome! So glad I could inspire you to tackle it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Love the redo, and the shade is wonderful. Great job. I host a party called Inspire Me Tuesday and it goes live every Monday evening. I would love for you to link up any of your projects. www.astrollthrulife.net
    Hugs, Marty

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  13. What a knockout transformation! from an UGLY to definitely GORGEOUS!! you go, girl!

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  14. I love your idea, and had the same idea for one of my fans, but was afraid that the shade would interfere with the blades.

    Do you actually run that fan? I do LOVE the shade! Good Job!

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    1. Thank you! I was worried about the shade interferring with the fan also but thankfully it cleared the blades. We run the fan all the time and it works great. :)

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  15. I've never thought to just redo the fan while you wait to replace. I have 2 completely offensive fans in our new house that will now be getting a face lift. Thanks for the inspiration! Do you have a favorite brand of spray paint, or did you just look for one with primer?

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    1. I used Rust-oleum metallic in oil rubbed bronze and it worked really well for me. Hope that helps! :)

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  16. Love it! Don't we all have ugly fans, but replacing them with a chandy means reducing air flow, so I love this solution! Does the shade spin when the fan is on?

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    1. Thanks Jami! Yes it works really well, we use it all the time :)

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