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Painted fan blades: A little fan revamp in my sewing room

Having painted fan blades was something I wanted to do even before realizing how old-looking the fans in my Studio were. There's something so cool about having an unexpected pop of color in the ceiling, so let me show you how I made this happen with a couple of spray paint cans.

fan in the craft room

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.

how to paint fan blades

The process of painting fan blades

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.

painted fan blades

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.

painting the structure of the fan

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

spray painted fan 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.

painters tape in the blades

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.

painted fan blades

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.

 painted fan blades

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 =]

 painted fan blades
 painted fan blades
Painted fan blades in the sewing room

Thank you for all the love after our announcement!

Now that we are done with this little tutorial, 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 you, I feel so lucky that you all read and follow my online adventures.

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 =]

Pregnancy announcement

Hopefully, I will get to it in a couple of months.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!


Monday 9th of November 2020

The idea of flipping the fan blades was exactly what I was looking for. I have the same fan and helped me makeover without having to replace them. Thank you

Joy Kelley

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

So happy the post helped you! It's crazy what flipping them or even just a little bit of paint can do! xo, Joy -

Jordan - Polkadot Prints

Friday 20th of July 2012

So impressed by your fan! So worth doing, looks great! :)

Inspire Me Heather

Monday 25th of June 2012

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!!


Tuesday 19th of June 2012

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

Kimberly S.

Wednesday 6th of June 2012

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!!!!


Wednesday 6th of June 2012

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

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