Updating an Old Ceiling Fan

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We had an old, out-dated ceiling fan in one of our bedrooms and I wanted(needed) to give it a new look. We could have gone out and bought a new fixture, but I thought it would be more fun and less expensive if I gave it an upgrade. With a little paint and elbow grease, I managed to turn this out-dated ceiling fan into something a bit more modern.

This is the original look - cream colors on the fan and base with shiny brass and gold details on the fan blades.

The first step was to remove all of the easily removeable pieces. The lightbulbs, fan blades, and motor cover. Then I gave everything a thorough cleaning.

I had different colors for the metals pieces, so I removed those from the blades and wiped down all of the pieces.

I didn't like the points at the end of the fan blades, so I used a miter saw to give them a straight edge. Then I sanded each blade to round out the corners and smooth it out.

The fan blades got two coats of Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Aged Gray. The metal pieces got two coats of Rustoleum Metallic Flat Antique Nickel.

I used the same Aged Gray on the base of the ceiling fan. Before I started using the spray paint, I covered everything around and below the fan with plastic. I also made sure to fully open all three windows in that bedroom. It is very important to make sure you have proper ventilation when using spray paint in an enclosed space.

It was tricky to get all the pieces back together by myself, so my husband assisted me with this step.

Here is the final look!

I think it brings a more modern look to this room and it was a cheap and fun project!

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  • Kate Baxter
    on Sep 14, 2019

    I noticed your fan as a standard light bulb. All my ceiling fans have very low wattage bulbs which is what is recommended. Is it possible to change the wattage on the fans so I can get some light in my livingroom??

    • Sue Brehm Neigel
      8 days ago

      I replaced my bulbs with daylight LED ones and what a difference! I thought I was going to have to buy a new light fixture for the fan but not now!

  • Connie
    on Sep 15, 2019

    How can I add a chandelier light fixture to my existing ceiling fan?

  • Sarge
    on Oct 30, 2019

    Looks great! Have you ever thought of changing out the cover to something more open to get more light? Like a metal "cage" globe?

    • I do have a plan to change up the actual light fixture! Not a cage, but something else that will give it an updated look and provide more light. When I finally get that done, I'll definitely share!

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  • Robyn Garner
    7 days ago

    Looks great!

  • Sue
    7 days ago

    We had a tiny guest room bathroom that had no window or vent fan so I bought a small size 30" inexpensive ceiling fan like the one in this makeover. I painted all the blades sunny yellow with spray paint. I added beach themed decals on each blade and it was perfect for our decor in Florida. Made a HUGE difference. A small ceiling fan like this is great for in the bathroom to keep the moisture moving and stir up the a/c. Very pleased with mine and yours is also great. I would change your light globe though if it was me. Thanks for sharing,

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