Denise
Denise
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Asked on Jul 10, 2013

How do a paint a fan light

Eileen SmithDeniseBarbara R
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I'm recently retired and new to "DIY". I've got a ceiling fan light globe that I took down and washed ~ to my surprise the paint was on the inside and washed off! I'd like to paint it. Doesn't have to match the top part as I'm sure if I wash it, the paint will just "dust off" like the globe. Thanks for any help.
Paint was on outside and just washed ~ dusted off!
Paint was on outside and just washed ~ dusted off!
14 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 11, 2013

    If you do not want it to match...that is what is does now. Any "normal" type of paint will block the light coming out. You might have better luck by tinting it with a bit of diluted stain.

  • Sfg178760
    on Jul 11, 2013

    Very carefully! o) I assume you have to take it apart. But wait...you just want to paint the globe? You can do the paint just on the inside: http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/969895/diy-colorful-enamel-vases.

  • Denise
    on Jul 11, 2013

    Thanks KMS- Don't really use the light so staining may be an option.

  • Denise
    on Jul 11, 2013

    Thanks Our Own Big World - I like your idea also even realizing I'll never get it to match the original.

  • Eileen Smith
    on Jul 12, 2013

    What color are you going for? Was looking through Pinterest Ideals and one was about turning clear glass to look like see glass. Food dye and elmers glue. Maybe if you want a brown instant coffee and elmers glue or something like that.

  • Eileen Smith
    on Jul 12, 2013

    Found this after a little research http://www.overstock.com/guides/how-to-change-the-look-of-your-ceiling-fan To create a diffused color effect, mix acrylic paint and water, and then brush the mixture on the inside of the glass with a sponge brush. Let it dry completely and then re-attach the glass to your ceiling fan.

  • Lela
    on Jul 12, 2013

    I was also going to suggest the glue & food dye for a sea glass effect. Practice on an empty jar.

  • Debra D
    on Jul 12, 2013

    In the rent house I just moved into last fall, there was a white glass fixture and a clear one in the same style. I took them down and washed them, then used a couple light coats of inexpensive white spray paint on the clear one. Just enough to cover and diffuse the light. Worked great! Now they look like they are both the same, and no loss of light. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

  • Phyllis
    on Jul 12, 2013

    or maybe frost it with one of the products designed for "frosted" glass

  • Barbara R
    on Jul 12, 2013

    It looks like you have a water leak in the ceiling, be careful now.

  • Denise
    on Jul 13, 2013

    Eileen, Lela, Debra, Phyllis ~ Thanks to all of you for such great ideas! I'll be looking at all these the next couple of days! Since I know the top cover paint will also wash off I'll be doing them both. Thanks again!

  • Eileen Smith
    on Jul 13, 2013

    Denise here is another site to look at. http://fancythatdesignhouse.com/colored-tinted-glass-jars/

    • Elwanna
      on Apr 6, 2016

      @Eileen Smith Please post the color tint as a post so I can save it to my board........such a selfish request I suppose. I just love the tint idea. Thanks.

  • Denise
    on Jul 14, 2013

    Eileen - this is an AMAZING site, and if I don't use it for the light I'm definitely going to do some of the jars, bottles. They will make wonderful vases to give with my farmers market cut flowers. Thanks so much for finding and sharing this!

  • Eileen Smith
    on Jul 14, 2013

    Denise - It was my pleasure when my friend sent it to me off her Pinterest finds I said that might work for the glass globe of the fan . I so enjoy sharing and helping.

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