One of the reasons we bought this house was an amazing sunroom off of the kitchen/dining room. But it looked like it was out of an 90’s issue of DIY Home, especially the ceiling fan.
So as I was priming the walls and a beam in the ceiling I realized if I wanted to update the ceiling fan, I should to do it now before the second coat of primer and before the actual painting began in case it got messy.
I am not an electrician so taking the ceiling fan off was not going to be an option for me. So I winged it and came up with a solution.
So here is my brass ceiling fan in all it’s brassiness glory:
I proceeded to take off the globes, which were in a huge need of a cleaning anyway, and started unscrewing parts I figured needed to come off. But, to my delight it was only the ceiling fan blades and, whatever it is you call them, that the blades hook to the fan with.
I then taped up the electrical parts and I taped some newspaper to the ceiling. I didn’t make it perfect since I knew I will painting the ceiling anyway. I also taped some newspaper hanging down as well (which I didn’t get a picture of) just so my spray wouldn’t go all over the place.
I used Rust-o-leum’s Silver hammered look spray paint because I wanted to keep it light and not draw the eye up.
Spray paint in hand, I tackled the fan. I sprayed using short strokes, while trying just to get everything covered but not force the spray paint incase it went where it shouldn’t go.
I then spray painted the parts that attached to the blades and also the screws that hold in the light globes the same silver.
I chose to spray paint the actual blades white, because again I didn’t want to bring the eye up.
I put everything back together and voila! A beautiful new ceiling fan! It only cost me $6 for the spray paint and a little sweat since I decided to do this on a 90+ degree day!
What do you think?
*Update: A lot of question about whether it affected the motor at all, and it didn’t. We are still using this ceiling fan 4 years later.
In the future I will probably change out the globes to something a little more modern, but these are fine for for now.
Want to see other rooms in our Raised Ranch home and the projects we have done? Visit “Our Home”…including what our sunroom looks like now!