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Before I share the post I have for today I wanted to thank everyone for the response on Facebook, Twitter and the post where we shared the news of our little one on the way! We are so excited and it feels so awesome to feel the love from all of you, you guys are amazing and I feel so lucky that you all read and follow my online adventures.

For today I want to share an update I did on the fan of the sewing room, I was super inspired when I saw a chevron project posted on Design Sponge last year, I pinned it with the hope that someday when we had a house of our own I could refurbish my own.

Since we are on a very tight budget for all of our house improvement projects we are going to refurbish a lot of the things that were in the house, in the case of my office/sewing room I already showed you what I did with the build-up, now it's the time for the fan! In my case I needed a full recovery for this fan because I didn't like anything about it, as you can see in the before picture, it had flower shape lights, the blades were showing the wicked pattern side, and I definitely didn't like the brass body.

So I took the blades out and I was super happy to find that the other side was plain wood, so I would paint and accomplish my idea on that side. For the body, I left it there and took the flower glass shared off (I need to figure what i will replace them for later) I taped and cover around the areas I didn't want painted and spay with a metal primer, then top it with white paint.

I did the same for the metal parts of the blade and use wood paint for the blades.

After that I taped the shapes I wanted on the blades, this was my very first experience with frog tape, I totally loved it but I did a few things wrong on this try.

I was not sure of how much pressure I should apply to the tape, and I had a few areas where tape crossed, so my advice pay extra attention to those areas, use your finger and really press there, I didn't and my blades got pretty messy in the crossed tape areas.

After I took the tape off I had to clean up, and re-touch some areas, after everything was dry I re-assemble the blades and then re-attach them to the fan body. I really love how it ended up looking, I still have to figure what I want to do for the shades but as for now, I love it just like that =]

I am really excited because I only have a few more projects to finish the sewing room of my studio, after that I plan on finishing the office room to get all done with my Studio level of the house, that way I can focus on the re-launch of my site and the projects for the baby's room =] Hopefully I will get to it in a couple of months.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!



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Joy Kelley is a Chilean Designer & lettering Artist. Mom to 3 little boys. Crafter. Pattern lover. Color obsessed. Lemon pie dependent. And the hand behind the HowJoyful Studio & HowJoyful Shop. Read more about her & the blog here →

15 replies
  1. julia
    julia says:

    Very cool! I’ve been looking up at the ceiling fan {very ugly} in my bedroom for weeks thinking I need to do something fun with it…. this is my inspiration to do something about it :)

  2. Jess @ The Colorful Ones
    Jess @ The Colorful Ones says:

    I love it! I agree with Kin. I would love to see how it looks when the fan is on! I’ve thought of doing a white fan with a few aqua chevrons at the tips, but I wondered if they would turn into some sort of vertigo-vortex when they spun… But I may just have to do it, because yours look so fun! :)

  3. Camila
    Camila says:

    It’s make a new ceiling fan! So beautiful!!! Like a garden!!!
    And again, congratulations for the baby!!!
    I will ready aaallll the new blog.
    Big hugs

  4. Jess @ The Colorful Ones
    Jess @ The Colorful Ones says:

    I left a comment this morning, but just wanted to follow up and let you know that your project inspired me to gather 12 other green DIY decor projects, and corral them into a post on my blog. I featured your fan makeover first, and noted that you were the inspiration for my post. Thanks for sharing! You can see it here:

    God Bless!

  5. Carla
    Carla says:

    This is really neat, I’ve been meaning to do something with the fan in my room but my dad warned against it because he said too much paint can throw the fan off balance. Have you had any problems with that?


    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Carla, my fan is working great and I only apply very thin coats of paint (2 or 3 depending on the area), if you get the spray that is also a primer you get a lot more coverage with a thiner coat, I would not recommend you to paint it with brush or roller tho, just do spray paint and you should be fine =]

  6. Kimberly S.
    Kimberly S. says:

    Thank God I found you!! We just recently bought a home that is happy 80s and 90s. The ceiling fans are GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We cannot in no way shape or form afford to replace 7 ceiling fans!! I cannot wait to paint them all and also cannot wait to hear of your future endeavors! Oh I just can’t wait!!!!

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      That’s exactly how we feel about our fans, they are all gold with either white or wood, I am hoping to start with the ones in our living room after we finish our nursery =]
      Im so happy you are so excited :P

  7. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Did you paint the motor part while it was attached to the ceiling? Didn’t paint go everywhere?

  8. Inspire Me Heather
    Inspire Me Heather says:

    Well done on your ceiling fan – it looks great! I’ve got this linked to my ceiling fans roundup post as well today, for inspiration! Love your blog too, glad I found you and will follow!!

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