How To Spruce Up A Tired Ceiling Fan

How To Spruce Up A Tired Ceiling Fan

How To Spruce Up A Tired Ceiling Fan

If youve ever watched those home makeover shows then you know the designers always cringe when they walk in the door and see  Harbor Breeze ceiling fans .  The first thing they do is rip it right out.  But they dont have to live in that stuffy room when theyre done, do they?  If you love your ceiling fans like we do here are some rejuvenating tips those snooty designers should have thought of.

In most cases its very easy to remove the blades.  Theyre designed that way intentionally in case you ever need to replace them.  Its usually just a matter of removing one or two screws on the top of each blade.  Make sure theyre good and tight to prevent wobbling when you put the blades back up.

Always be careful not to bend the blades, and add as little additional weight as possible or you might cause them to become unbalanced.  Heavy fabrics or embellishments will also cause the motor to have to work harder which may affect the life of your fan and the operating cost.

Before you paint or cover the blades always give them a good cleaning to remove dust and grime.  If not, youll have a big mess when you paint and after it dries it will crack and chip.  Fabrics and adhesives wont stick, either, if the blade is dirty of grimey.

If your blades have a high-gloss finish youll want to give them a quick once over with some sand paper before you paint, too.  Just enough to remove the shine.  Otherwise, the paint will crack and chip once it dries.

Once youve prepared the blades, which should really only take a few minutes, its time to paint.  Almost any type of paint will do.  Leftover paint from when you remodeled the living room?  Go ahead and use it.  Are you a budding artist?  Use your oils or craft paints?  Just be sure youve prepared the surface before you begin.

If you have leftover scraps of light weight fabric you can use a spray adhesive to cover your ceiling fan blades.  Or perhaps youve found a pretty pattern of contact paper or wall paper.  Again, just be careful to prepare the surface of the blades first.

When covering your blades youll want to use enough fabric or paper to come up over the edges and wrap onto the underside.  (The side next to the ceiling.)  Remember, those blades are constantly in motion and the air can get up under loose edges and ruin all your hard work.

Why spend money on a brand new fan when all yours needs is a fresh coat of paint?  Youll find spray paint in a wide variety of colors and finishes these days, everything from antique brass to marble or stone.  Again, clean and degrease the surface before you paint.  And allow plenty of time for drying.

If you have the time and skills then by all means remove your fan from the ceiling before you paint.  If not, carefully tape newspaper or a canvas drop cloth right to the ceiling and have at it.

Maybe all you really need is a simple change of shades on the light fixture.  Cruise your local department stores and look at some of the new globes or box shades for an updated look.

No home should ever be without ceiling fans.  Theyre a practical, money-saving solution and those designers just dont have enough imagination to make them work in their designs.  But you do, right?  So get busy.  Dont tear out your ceiling fans.  Give them a makeover!

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