Ceiling Fan Makeover

I do like being a renter with a landlord who recognizes the value of small upgrades in his house. So I do the work, which I like doing, but then he pays for it. Win all around. Of course, he doesn’t know that he paid for this one yet. Although, It was $8, so I assume he won’t have an issue with it.

Our bedroom has a tacky classic 80’s ceiling fan in it. I’m actually surprised it’s that new. I was also surprised that all the screws holding the blades on were the same, and not a hodgepodge of screws that generations of families have picked up around the house.

As you can see, tacky typical wicker and faux wood blades with terrible bright gold fixtures. I didn’t do anything about the fixtures because I didn’t want to take the whole thing down and I also didn’t know how. So I just took the blades off  –

uh… Honey… there’s something wrong with our ceiling fan…

Then I washed and dried them and hung them from our pot rack to make sure they were really dry. And also because I had to go to Canadian Tire.

Honey… there’s something wrong with these spatulas…

When they were really dry, I sanded both sides with my awkward, mangled hand to make sure the paint would stick.

And then laid them out to be painted.

I applied three coats on each side, letting it dry in between. You can see that I stood them up to paint the other side.  This photo is after the first coat. Painting the edges of them was the trickiest part and led to  a few paint imperfections. Thinking back, I would have painted the edges FIRST, let it dry, sand the flat sides and then apply three coats to each side.

And then, the next day I put the blades back up, and we breathed in paint fumes for 8 hours last night while we slept. Oh, who am I kidding? We never sleep for 8 hours.

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It’s not the most AMAZING transformation, but the fan blends in with the ceiling better and is less atrocious more modern. So I say it’s a win. What do you think? Leave me a comment and tell me!

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