Giving a cheap ’90s brass ceiling fan a makeover…on the cheap!
If your wife’s hairdo has ever been ruined be a ceiling fan, you might be a redneck. – Jeff Foxworthy
Truth be told, even though we are BIG upcyclers (not physically just really into it), sometimes the idea of just purchasing something new seems so easy! We have seen some ceiling fan makeovers and nothing really got us excited about the prospect of updating this one.
We have gazed up at the ceiling fans, at the big box hardware store, and thought “Pretty”! Alas, the price tag wasn’t. And this is why we do what we do.
This brass ceiling fan makeover was very inexpensive and totally gave us what we wanted for this room.
So let’s get makeovering…
FAN MAKEOVER SUPPLIES
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FAN MAKEOVER INSTRUCTIONS
- Take apart the fan.
- We wanted a more up to date look so we decided to cut the pointed tip of the blades with a saw and sanded it.
- Removed lights as they weren’t needed. Most ceiling fans come with a cover so you place that where the lights were. If yours doesn’t have one you can get one here.
- In a well-ventilated area, evenly spray paint the base. Repeat as needed. We decided on Metallic Flat Soft Iron.
- Spray paint the blades. We choose black as that is what we had on hand.
TIP- Don’t forget to spray the inside of the brass drum if it has holes in it or the brass will show through.
FAN BLADE INSERT
Now the tricky part:
AWESOME BASKET WEAVE INSERT!
The first thought was to try and spray paint them. Another idea was to just turn the blades over so that you wouldn’t see them.
Our oldest thought about cutting them out so …..The Mister took his pocket knife and low and behold the plastic basket weave just pops out!!!!! Well, that was easy!
Now, we had a template.
At the hardware store, we looked at decorative metal sheets and that was a no go. $$$ Plus, trying to cut to fit would be difficult.
TIP- When your idea isn’t coming together, walk around the store for other inspiration. You may just find a helpful employee to give you some ideas as well.
As we walked around the store, we passed by ceiling tiles and the lightbulb went off…scrapbook paper.
We jumped on over to our local Michael’s, right next store.
There we found some heavy-duty paper for $1.99 a sheet and purchased two for the five blades. With a coupon, it was a bargain choice.
Using the plastic basket weave of awesomeness, we traced and cut out our new inserts.
The paper was cut exact so it was a tight fit but NO GLUE NEEDED. And yes it was tested at full speed!
A ceiling fan has three speeds: useless, useless, and wind tunnel. – unkown
Now, if we want to change it, we can pop them right out.
And the finished product…
UPDATE – We have had this makeover fan for 4 years and have had no issues whatsoever.
We are so please with the way it turned out…..like go back into the room just to see it happy!
TOTAL BRASS CEILING FAN MAKEOVER COST
At most we spent was approx $11
- Spray paint $7
- Scrapbook paper $3 and some change
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