Tuesday is here! Are you ready for a new SIMPLE makeover? Living in a rental home creates some… let’s say *interesting* decor challenges. The ceiling fan in My Wee Abode has been an ‘eye-sore’ since I moved in two years ago. Old dated shades, fan blades that were just an awful color, and even the base color is (was) not my fave. Not only did the aesthetics bother me, but it gave off an awful yellow cast to my whole living area… AND kitchen! Something needed to be done, and it had to be done with a budget AND not compromise the whole fan (because my landlord might not like it!) So, to do a ceiling fan makeover with farmhouse style! Let’s get started!
I know I have shown quite a few pics of my living area… I promise the rest of My Wee Abode will be shown soon. I just happen to be working on projects in the living room right now. So, here is a before pic, with the ever-so-lovely dated ceiling fan.
Yep… that is a red colored ‘wood’… Don’t ask me… I have NO idea. It was here when I arrived.
And, yep, cream-colored, almost yellow, glass shades. Yeah (cringe)… let’s just start the makeover, shall we?
WHAT YOU NEED
(I am not being compensated for any products I am linking to… I’m just sharing what I used and have liked!)
- A (dated) ceiling fan (well, you gotta start with the basics, people!)
- Cage shades (I got mine here)
Chalk paint(I said this was going to be easy!) Stain(Nope, easy….) Paint and stain brushes(Really easy!)
BUMPS IN THE ROAD
I had originally started contemplating this project about six months ago. I wanted to paint the fan blades to coordinate with my coastal-farmhouse style, and I also wanted to replace the ugly dated glass shades with cage shades. So, I went on the hunt for some affordable shades.
First bump? I soon realized that cage shades come in many different diameters (is that the right word?). I needed four (4) shades that, after installation, would not end up bumping into each other. So, be sure to check this measurement, at the top 3-4 inches of the shade, to make sure they will all fit without overcrowding.
Second bump? After I found the shade that would fit, at an affordable price, I realized that the opening of the shade (the ‘neck’ where the screws were), where I planned on screwing and attaching it to the ballast ring, had tabs and those tabs made the neck too big to fit into the shade holder. AND, the neck was also too *big* to screw on the outside of the actual ballast that stuck out. Tip 2: Metal tabs can be cut off (easily, if your day-job happens to be an office manager at a machine shop!)
NOW FOR THE EASY PART
First take the shades off the fan. This will avoid any mishaps while removing the blades (and, noooo, I didn’t break any shades… really, believe it or not, I didn’t.) Next, remove the blades. This can vary with different ceiling fans, but with mine, it was as easy as unscrewing three (3) screws on the top side of the blades. My blades did ‘stick’ a bit, but I just simply used a small putty knife (a butter knife would work well, too), and slid it between the blade and the element that holds the blade, and gently popping it off.
Some of the blades came off with the rubber washers attached (see pic), and the other washers were left behind on the fan. Again, just gently peel these off the blade and replace them when re-installing the blades.
Take this opportunity to give the blades a good washing. While washing my blades, I turned the blade over and was pleasantly surprised to discover a different color ‘wood’! It wasn’t *exactly* what I had envisioned, but it was pretty pickin’ close, and I was happy to not have to re-paint the blades! I recalled that this was true of many ceiling fans (at least in years gone by), so, if you aren’t happy with the current color on your ceiling fan blades, take a look to see if there is another color on the other side!
After cleaning the blades, replace them, making sure to replace the washers, too!
Now the shades can be replaced. With my ceiling fan, I simply took the neck of the shade (where I cut the tabs off) and pulled the very top of the sides apart. I then put them into the shade holder, squeezed the sides together, inserted them in the cup (between the cup and the ballast ring) and then released it. The tension of the neck on the shade against the decorative cup worked perfectly! Then, I just screwed the shade screws (that are on the shade cup) under the neck in order to ensure the shades would not fall out (again, see the pic for details).
I am so pleased with how this turned out. I wasn’t so sure about the ballasts being exposed, but I kinda’ like the industrial feel that it gives.
And having the bulbs exposed, as well, gives off much more brighter and whiter light, no longer the yellow cast that was so depressing me in the evenings! This ceiling fan also has a dimmer, which I would strongly recommend with any light, in any room!
Once more… here is the before pic of the room…
And the after! I don’t even mind the antique gold metal on the base, now that the other parts have been changed and replaced! Even though it is a small change, it REALLY makes a difference in the room, don’t you think? (Still working on those photography skills, and getting all aspects to be consistent. Appreciate you watching me grow in this area! 😉
Do you have a ceiling fan that may need a makeover, farmhouse or otherwise? How would you like to change the lighting in your home? Also, I’m thinking about adding at least one more lighting element in this room… what do you think? What type of lamp do you think should I use?
As always, thanks for coming by! You all make this so fun for me! I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment below!