Cheap fans with phony shiny wood grain and "brass" parts are pretty ugly, and pretty prevalent. Since I couldn't find a great looking replacement that didn't cost a gazillion dollars, and since my fans still worked fine, I decided to just change their look. This project is easy to do and doesn't require any electrical work (unless you want it to). Plan on taking 2-3 hours to tackle the first 6 steps, and another 30 mins to reassemble your fan and turn it on.

Step 1: Materials

Primer paint
Finish paint
Rustoleum oil based paint or the like
2-3 paint brushes
All purpose cleaner and towels
Screwdriver (flat and/or Phillips depending on your fan)


<p>love every bit of this. Question: are the lights glaring with no shade/diffuser?</p>
<p>Hi WendieT - I haven't lived in the space where that fan exists for going on 5 years now. If my memory serves, the light was way better without the shade/diffuser. It was much more focused light, more like track lighting, so you can point it at something as well as use it to light the room. I recall the light with globes being very soft and dull. These gave a brighter - but not glaring - light.</p>
Was it hard reattaching the fan blades? One of mine came loose and we had to take it off but were having a really hard time putting it back on..any suggestions?
I really like the idea of using the adjustable lights - great idea. <br>Just wondering....did you have any problems having unbalanced fan blades after painting them? I ask this because getting fan blades to balance properly (not having fan &quot;wobble&quot;) has always been a problem for me. Adding paint to the blades might potentially add to that instability. Of course, that can be solved by rebalancing the van by using small attachable weights.
&nbsp;what does it looks like at night?<br /> <br />
&nbsp;it looks great at night. Replacing the old glass &quot;shades&quot; with the new adjustable spotlights gives a much better room light. And being able to position the lights -- on the wall, on the floor, on the dining room table... -- makes the fan a lot more functional. There's really know flicker at all. I have two of these fans in my living room/dining room -- large room -- and they really look great. No regrets having done this project!
You forgot some step:<br /> 1) Add some knive to each blade<br /> 2) mount it on your truck<br /> 3)&nbsp;hope zombie come!<br />
&nbsp;Ha! You should def pursue that version and post it to Instructables.&nbsp;
Why does the fan have 4 blades before you painted it, and 5 blades after?
Just a guess, maybe forgot the 'before' picture after starting the project..&nbsp; I've got 3 different ceiling fans in my house.&nbsp; I don't do a lot of planning or fore-thought before jumping into a project, and usually afterward thinking I should have taken some pictures.&nbsp; Documentation has never been a strong point for me, but plan on doing an Instructable sometime.<br />
&nbsp;Hi there - there is a &quot;before&quot; picture available. On the intro page, scroll down to just under the big photo of the finished fan and there's a thumbnail you can click that will pull up the photo of the original fan.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> I agree about documentation. I realized after finishing the first of two fans that I should have documented. So glad I had a second fan project to do - though I didn't start documenting that one until I was pretty much done. Whoops!<br />
&nbsp;I think my intro page is a bit confusing - sorry! My fan started out as a 5-blade fan that is brown faux wood and faux brass. On the intro page there is a picture of it -- scroll down to just under the big photo of the finished 4-blade fan and click on the thumbnail to see the original.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> I wanted to minimize the fan as much as possible. Since my fans offer the option to use only 4 blades or to use the full set of 5, I opted to switch from the original 5-blade format to the 4-blade format in the finished project. I do not notice any difference in air circulation with the 4-blade format.<br />

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