My (not too shabby) Ceiling Fan Makeover

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We let the kids choose paint colors for their respective bedrooms, and my teenager chose this really nice dark gray.  Rob spent a weekend prepping, hanging crown then painting his little heart out, and it looks pretty frickin fantastic if I do say so (and I do teehee). It even got a nod of approval from my daughter–no easy thing to achieve 😀 After all was dry, it was time to hang the fan, and I just didn’t want to put that lame ugly old generic white fan back up. So I decided to make it a little more fantastic.


No more boring white fan!

No more boring white fan!


My inspiration for the fan came from this chair makeover I pinned ages ago.  I really liked the lace look, but I didn’t want that much contrast since most of the stuff in her room is gray, black and white. She doesn’t do much in the way of color, not since she started high school, and I knew she wouldn’t agree to any sort of bright or flashy colors. To stave off the great color revolt of 2015, I went for a subtle lace effect with a flat black on a satin black.   It came out exactly as I hoped, and she actually ended up giving my fan makeover a nod of approval as well. TWO POINTS FOR GRYFFINDOR!

For this project, I used:

  • Sandpaper (not sure of the grit, it was just whatever was in the garage)
  • Rustoleum spray paint in Antique Nickel Flat
  • Rustoleum spray paint in Black Camo Flat
  • Rustoleum spray paint in Black Satin
  • Lace window valance curtain from the dollar store

First, I lightly sanded all of the fan pieces in a circular motion, per Rob’s instructions, so

I recommend spray painting outside to avoid fumes.

I recommend spray painting outside to avoid fumes.

that the spray paint would stick. Easy peasy. Then we (this is another one of those times that “we” means Rob, but I was there you know supervising) sprayed all of the metal bits with the nickel paint and the blades with the satin black. We waited an hour or so for the blades to dry, and then we placed the lace valence over a blade and sprayed with the flat black.  I bought one valence for $5 and used it for all four blades.  We just had to be careful and make sure we picked it straight up without dragging it across the blade as the paint was wet and would smear. We sprayed all four blades and Bam! brand new fan.


The finished product

The finished product


The only part I am not crazy about is the white in the middle, but we had no idea how to take that part out to spray.  If anyone has any suggestions on how to get that bit painted, I have my antique nickel ready to go!  The teenager is looking for pulls and a globe that she likes better, but so far she hasn’t come up with anything.


Closer shot of the lace detail

Closer shot of the lace detail



  • Reply Christine Tatum August 14, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Looks great! Pretty cool idea!

    • Reply August 16, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks! My teenager actually gave it the thumbs up so how could I be happier?

  • Reply Eric || The Bucket List Project November 23, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    That is so cool! To think you can find a couple of things at a dollar store to make creative designs like that! Great job

    • Reply November 23, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks! She actually liked it, so you know I can’t do better than that 😀

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