Our nursery is not very glamorous right now, in fact, it’s the least blogged about room in our entire house. I know I’ve written at least 3 times the blog posts about bathrooms. As a refresher, this is what we are working with:
Giant red N on the wall, gold/white ceiling fan and some poorly painted red paint.
We are planning to tackle the wall colors/trim situation very very soon (like, this weekend soon), this post however, is about the white and gold situation in the middle of the room. We are ceiling fan people, I know fans are not “in”, but I’m all about function and in a 2 story house, we need a ceiling fan. I looked around a bit and determined that any fan that I could remotely consider attractive is about $200.00. I took to Pinterest for some alternatives and found a fabric fan makeover from Jennifer at Dimples & Tangles.
I happened to have the following things on hand: spray paint, fabric, mod podge, and an ugly (but perfectly functional) fan. Steve also made the poor decision once upon a time of teaching me how to take down light fixtures and fans. Muahahaha my plan was hatched.
I got a bit way layed as I stood in the nursery with my step stool and screwdriver trying to remember if I was definitely supposed to take the blades off first, or if I needed to take the light part off the bottom first. We had a conversation that went a little something like this:
Me: So, out of curiosity, if you are taking down a ceiling fan, would you take off the blades first or the light part?
Steve: Depends, usually the light part would come off first. Which fan are you taking down?
Me: Not necessarily any fans, it’s just a curiosity question.
Steve: Yeah right, are you taking down the nursery fan?
Steve: What are you going to do with it?
Me: This really cool thing I saw online, I’m going to give the fan a makeover and it’s going to be awesome.
Steve: something about the aerodynamics of balancing a fan, airplane wings were definitely mentioned, and something else about not bubbling the fabric.
Me: Yeah, tons of people have wrote about it online and nobody said their fan wobbles, so I’m sure it’s fine. I have a good idea of how it’ll work in my head.
Steve: …….yeah………I better just take it down.
So once the fan was down, and Steve was fully convinced we’d be buying a new fan before the baby arrives, I took off to the dining room to get working on my plan. As part of our “compromise” with me being able to paint the fan, he gave me stern warnings about the implications of paint in the fan motor, so I grabbed my painters tape and settled in for a little prep work.
Here is the gorgeous goldness that was the “before” picture. It probably wouldn’t take me very long to tape, but we were watching 21 Jumpstreet while I was doing this, so it somehow managed to take the whole movie. I would guess if I had not also been watching Channing Tatum…I mean, a high quality cinematic production, while I was doing this, it would have been 30 minutes tops.
Basically, there is a filter that protects the motor and it’s under all those little holes. I taped all the little holes, the motor parts, and the electrical for the light. I originally picked a bright blue, but made a last minute switch to navy after holding my fabric choice by the various blue choices. I headed outside to my “studio” and once again made the neighbors question what on earth goes on in this house.
While the paint was drying, I came back in and got to work on the fan blades.
I had originally gotten 1 yard of the green giraffe print but I wasn’t really sure how I wanted to use it. Once I decided on my fan plan, I was dying to dig into the giraffe print. I laid out my 5 fan blades and had fabric left to spare. If I had started with this plan originally, I probably would have only needed a half a yard or so, but I’m okay with the leftovers. I got it on sale for $4.00 a yard. I just laid out the blades so they were all going the same direction and traced. If I had a lined pattern, I would have been really careful to line them up, but since it didn’t matter, I just stuck them on and went.
I cut them the exact size of the fan blade, you don’t want too much overhang because you won’t actually wrap it around the edges of the blade at all…this will mess up the aerodynamics and cause the fan to wobble. (See, I did learn something from my mid-day lecture…)
Once I had my fabric cut, it was mod podge time. I didn’t take any pictures of this because I was on a roll, but basically, apply mod podge to the fan blade, be VERY VERY generous and be sure to coat all the way to the very edge. Then, I laid down my fabric, smoothed it so it fit, and applied a layer of mod podge to the top. I took an old credit card and used it to completely smooth down the fabric. From there, I applied a second thin layer of mod podge and let it dry. Rinse and repeat for all blades.
After the blades were dry, I needed to recut the holes for the fan blade arms to attach. I took a utility knife and carved out the holes very carefully. I also went around the edge of the fan and cleaned up any excess that was bigger than the fan blade. Again, gotta keep those aerodynamics in mind…
Then, after lots of thin coats of spray paint and anxiously waiting for my pretties to be done, it was time for the best part — the reinstallation. Steve decided it would be in our best interest for him to do it…I guess accidentally electrocuting the baby would be a bad thing. Pregnant women — don’t try this at home.
After some excited pacing around by me, it was up and I LOVE it. I reused the same “globes” it came with after a failed trip to Lowes to see if there was something I liked more. I am probably going to cover up the white parts of the fan pulls, but I wasn’t sure with what yet, so I left them be for now. I did spray paint the pull chain blue. Remove the red wall in your head with a nice soft gray one and it will look even better. Want to see it closer?
The best part? Not even a hint of a wobble and Steve was shocked to call this project a success.
So for $4.00 for fabric and $3.50 for a can of Navy Rustoleum, I have a brand spankin’ new fan! This project took a little over a half can, so I can use it for some other nursery things that I have up my sleeve.
and that’s all folks, a nursery project done and in the books! Now I have to stop staring at my work and go to bed…
(and for my mom who wonders if this will make you nauseous when it’s turned on, it looks like a green blur, so I think baby will have a nausea free experience in the nursery)
Anybody else tried to make over a ceiling fan? Now that I know how easy it is, the other fans in this house don’t stand a chance…
Linked up to A Bowl Full of Lemons.