Our screened in porch is my husband's favorite spot. He spends a lot of time out there, and a few weeks ago he decided to paint the ceiling fan. I admit when he told me the style plan I wasn't sure it would turn out--I was wrong! My husband used a rug pad to create a checkered finish on the fan blades. The fan turned out great and looks like a new fan.
Scroll down for directions on how to refresh a dated ceiling fan with spray paint! We spent under $25 on materials (new outdoor fans cost over $100). And while we took these steps for our outdoor fan, the same process would apply to an indoor fan, too.
This article contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure here.
1. Remove Fan Blades
Throw the power breaker off to the ceiling fan then remove blades using a screwdriver. We also removed the glass and bulbs on the base of the fan for easier spray paint access.
2. Clean Things Up
Wipe base & blades with a damp cloth until free of dust. Allow materials to dry before painting.
3. Mask and Spray
For the ceiling fan base, mask with paper and tape. Use a trash bag and tape to cover the light area (see image below). Then spray paint the base with 2 heavy coats of brown spray paint, coats spaced 30 minutes apart.
4. Spray Paint Blades
Spray paint the fan blades with dark brown paint (we painted the visible side and edges) with 3 light coats of paint. It helps to have the blades off the ground on a stool or box while painting. Air dry.
6. Peel off Rug Pad
Wait for gold paint to dry, 1-2 hours. Then peel rug pad off fan blades. Reinstall blades, bulbs, and glass to ceiling fan base and enjoy your updated ceiling fan!
This project took my husband an afternoon to complete, and the results are dramatic and fresh. I never would have thought of using a rug pad to make a checkered color finish on the blades--love when my husband comes up with creative designs like this!
Painting your ceiling fan is the perfect weekend project and costs a fraction of the price of a new ceiling fan. Its a great way to update things when the style of the fan is okay--but you want to update the color. We spent under $25 on spray paint and the rug pad and the gave the fan a custom, modern look!