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How to Make Your Cheap Ceiling Fans Look High End

By Edited Jun 28, 2015 1 2

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

Screw driver

Step ladder

Step 1

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 2

If 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 3

Spread 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 4

Take 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 5

Painting the Fan Blades
Shake 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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

Finally, spray each side of the fan blade, and prop the fan blade up against something (be careful to not pick something where the side paint could come off on). Try just painting the two long sides and the smaller side that will face outward from the ceiling fan so that you have a side to hold onto while doing the rest (you will not see the inner part once you put the fan back together anyway).

Step 8

After the sides all dry, reassemble each of your ceiling fans using the screws and screw driver. Viola! You will be amazed at how a new paint job makes your ceiling fan appear to be high end instead of an eye sore. In fact, after I finished all of our fans I wondered if the "high end" ceiling fans at home improvement stores are just that: particle board or other low costing material with a glossy coat of dark paint.

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Nov 27, 2010 9:49am
This is a great idea! I have had some sad looking fans in the past that could have used this treatment. The house we are currently in does not have fans, but I will keep this tip in mind when I need to spruce up a few fans in the future.
Nov 29, 2010 4:17am
I was amazed with the results! It looks like each of our fans cost $300 each!
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