I know I have been doing a lot of lighting projects on here lately, and I promise we will take a break, but we have been playing musical light fixtures here. This transformation is way too cool.
How many of you have inherited a ceiling fan that looks like this? Pickled oak, brass, frilly shade covers… Screams early ’90s. Bad ’90s not the good.
But a new one would cost about $150 or more. You know me… I am not spending that kind of money. I’m about way cool… dirt cheap. So after I took it down, I carefully took it apart, being very careful not to lose any screws or anything important. I took it apart as little as possible taping off areas that could expose the mechanics.
I then spray painted the edges a dark brown so I didn’t have to wrap the edges later.
All right, here’s where you can all yell at me in your heads… no pictures of the main body getting spray painted in the same oil rubbed bronze finish I used for the chandelier. I don’t know how this happened, but I am totally guilty. Sorry. =(
Okay, now the weird part. I ordered wood grain contact paper. Yes I said it… wood grain contact paper. I ordered it from a company called Electriduct.com. It was the ebony finish and it was $11 shipped.
I only used a half a roll, if that. Plenty left for my other fan still in need.
Trace the fan blade and cut it out on just the inside of the trace line. If there is a little excess you can always take a straight edge and cut any excess off. Gradually peel and stick.
As it went on I knew it wasn’t going to be sticky enough to withstand the rapidly spinning blades. So I went to home depot and got some gorilla glue. This is a must, but do not use it until you have applied the contact paper to the blades because it dries fast and is unforgiving. This is some strong stuff people. Just lift up the edges and thinly apply the glue. If you get it too heavy it will warp the paper… so be careful, a little goes a long way.
As far as the super grandma like glass shades. I sent them to design heaven or to some cute old lady’s home. I was blown away when I found these shades at the Mesa DI for $1 each! These exact ones were at Home Depot for $10 each. Had I not found these ones, I would have purchased some very similar ones at Walmart for $4 each. It pays to frequent your local thrift stores! I couldn’t love these shades more… and here is the finished uninstalled new and much, much improved ceiling fan.
I don’t even recognize it. I am adding novice electrician to my resume. Here it is installed. Fan on one switch. Lights on another.
One more look at what it used to be…
MUCH BETTER!! And you won’t believe the final cost!
Okay here’s the breakdown.
1/2 can of spray paint- $3.50
1/2 roll of wood contact paper- $5.50
3 thrift store lamp shades- $3
The final total even shocked me. My goal was $25. I came in under budget, by half!
P.S. Pia gets voted off American Idol?! Say what?!! I think I’m done with watching AI for the season. She was supposed to win.