Friday, January 6, 2012

$2 Ceiling Fan Make-over (with tutorial)

Here we go again … more brass. It’s every where. EVERY. WHERE.

We live in the Dallas, Texas area … which means that there is a ceiling fan in every room … to keep us from melting in the scorching summer heat. :D

Here is my daughter’s bedroom ceiling fan. Builder’s grade. Ugly. Brass.

rustoleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint builder grade ceiling fan

So, I had Superman take the fan down … I cleaned it up really good with soapy water … and I sent the poor guy back out to the garage to spray paint it with some Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. Since he’s a firefighter, he was worried about the white plastic that surrounds the casing that the light bulbs are screwed into. See what I am talking about in the picture below? Those white tube things? He did NOT want those sprayed with spray paint, aka flammable material. (The last thing we need is the firefighter setting his own house on fire!) So, he taped those off really good so they would not get paint on them. I must recommend that you do this. There, I recommended it.

rustoleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint builder grade ceiling fan 4

To make the job easy, he suspended a 2x4 from a couple of buckets in the garage, screwed the fan mount to the board, and then just hung the fan from the 2x4. It made it super easy to paint.

rustoleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint builder grade ceiling fan 2

The whole process, start to finish, was only a couple hours and literally cost pennies. Maybe a third of a can of spray paint? Maybe? And believe me, you’d spend more time if you bought a new fan … put it together … and then hung it up. This was easy peasy.

Here’s the before and after:

Ashley's room before after 2

Sorry. Those aren’t the best pictures. The fan was on … and I was too lazy to pull the cord to turn it off. ;)


  1. That’s definitely a simple way to makeover a ceiling fan. And the good news is that you didn’t even have to spend too much to make it look good! I like how the contrasting colors give the fan that seemingly old yet classy look. That’s a good DIY for just $2!

    @Staci Severns

  2. did you worry about the motor in the fan when spray painting it?