We bought our home in the fall of 2009 and loved many things about it. It had cheap ceiling fans throughout the rooms, which are very functional, but they just did not look nice. However, spending money on all new ceiling fans is not a priority for us, and is probably not for you either. How do you get the high quality look you are wanting without the big price tag? Makeover your old fan or purchase a cheap end and, with a little paint, make it look higher end.
Things You Will Need
Glossy spray cans of paint in a darker wood tone (Mahogany)
Light sand paper
Large sheet for painting
If you are purchasing a cheap ceiling fan that is highly functional but not so high end looking, make sure you choose one with the type of metal look you are wanting (brushed nickel, stainless steel, bronzed, brass, etc.). The look of the fan blade does not matter; however its width and length does (check the box to make sure the fan you are purchasing will cover the square footage of the room you are going to install it in). Once home, install the motor and metal part but keep the blades down for now and move onto Step 3.
Step 2If you all ready have highly functional but cheap ceiling fans installed, then this project will cost about $4.50 per fan! How great is that? Start by unscrewing each fan blade from each of the fans that you want to redo. After the fan blades are down, dust each off with a dry towel (do not use a cleaner as this may keep the paint from soaking in).
Step 3Spread out a sheet outside. Make sure the sheet is not near any overhanging trees or you may get bugs and leaves sprinkling down and getting stuck into your paint. Also, you should probably not put the sheet on a deck or patio as the spray paint could leave residue or paint behind.
Step 4Take a piece of light sand paper and lightly sand each side of the blade. This will help the paint to soak into whatever material your fan blades are made of (ours was particle board). When finished, rewipe each side of the fan blade with a dry towel to get the dust off.
Step 5Shake your can of paint for a minute or so, and with long sweeping motions, paint one side of each fan blade. Make sure you cover each side fully, but do not linger in one spot as this will cause dripping or build-up. You will need to give the fan blades 4-5 hours to dry before you can turn them over for the other side.
After the one side has dried (try it out with your fingertip and make sure it is not sticky), turn each blade over to repeat the painting on this side. Wait another 4-5 hours for drying. I kept my blades out overnight and found there was not a problem, though I did have some dew to wipe off in the morning.