(Unfortunately, all fans are going to vary slightly, so I can’t help much with that part.) Once the fan was down, I decided to remove, and refinish the blades first. The one suggestion I would strongly caution is take pictures of the process! Once disassembled I used a foam sand block to scuff up all the metal pieces.
I had to disassemble the entire fan in order to refinish it.
) I can tell I have a little burst of energy and am starting to enter my nesting period because I have a list of 100 things I want completed before the new baby comes home towards the end of the summer.
GE lighting challenged me to repurpose or reuse something when it came to lighting and of course I was up for the challenge!
That light fixture was shiny brass, with frilly globes and a swirly shape that was last in style twenty years ago. Now, I know ceiling fans get a bad rap in the home design world in general, and this one in particular is terrible. (hahaha see what I did there) Some people would cover up the whole shebang with a drum shade, as seen on Thrifty Décor Chick and many, many others.
Even back when I was just happy to have a house, let alone have any desire to fix it up, I wanted a new dining room chandelier. But I never, ever let design get in the way of function. But, personally, I think a drum shade on a fan is as atrocious-looking as a fandelier, and I wouldn’t have it. So instead I bought new globes from CSN (now apparently called Wayfair) at a far better price than the EACH the big-box home improvement stores wanted.
At the same time I am working on a project with Glidden’s new Disney paint line and the idea just came together that re-doing, re-purposing Addie’s fan would be an awesome idea! Yeah, told you it wasn’t very cute, just a plain old basic fan.
Again, since it still is functioning it was hard to say just to junk it.
If I get bored with it, I will just repeat this process and paint it whatever color suits our fancy at that time.
Just like the brass that is slowly being phased out in our home.
After living with it for over 15 years I was over it.
Anyway I didn't want to splurge on a new one since this one works well and we use it a lot in the summer time; so I thought I would bust out the spray paint and get to work. It only took about and 1.5 hrs for all the prep, painting and clean up. We have since moved and have been renting the house for 2 years and have not had any issues come up from our tenants. I figured they are at least 20 years old and if I can give them a quick update and for some reason the motor does give out al least I didn't have to look at an ugly fan for those years.
I do want to buy some frost spray paint to cover the patten on the large globe, maybe I'll get to it tomorrow. Several people have asked whether or not painting our ceiling fans was a good idea or not; because supposedly the paint can get in the motor and clog it or the weight of the paint on the blades will wear the motor down. We painted the fans and used the often for about a year.