Once Upon a Midcentury: $7 Ceiling Fan Hack

For my first home DIY blog post, I thought I’d start with something easy and inexpensive that anyone could do.
My house is filled with ceiling fans and odd light fixtures.  They range from meh to gross to mostly broken–like this ceiling fan carcass left on my screened in porch:

The ceiling located in my soon-to-be studio wasn’t too terrible.  The color of the fixture itself was nice, but the blades were horribly dated and the glass portion was a bit uninspired.

I thought that the blades might look kind of steam-punkesque if I sprayed them metallic.  I decided to try spray painting the blades only, and see how a tone on tone would look.  I figured if I didn’t like it I could always opt to spray paint the entire thing.

For the glass portion, I looked online for replacements but then realized I had a bunch of random light fixtures and parts that I could salvage.
My kitchen had this stained glass fixture with a round glass ball that was just way too large for the shade.  (You can see it below in this oh so lovely before pic of my kitchen).

I purchased this Oil Rubbed Bronze Rustoleum Enamel Spray for $6.88 (before tax).  It stated that it was both paint and primer.

The blades got sprayed and I was thrilled with how the color looked against the existing fixture.

I replaced the boring glass shade with the more Midcentury globe and here’s the finished result:

I’ve been practicing my photo editing skills, so I could give you a nifty before and after:

The lesson here is that Rustoleum is basically magic.
I feel like the light fixture looks more high end now and fits in better with my planned décor.  You may not have as many old or broken lights to scrounge for shade replacements, but check out flea markets and garage sales.  You might not want the whole fixture, but it might have the perfect piece you can reuse.

Have you experimented with spray paint in your home décor?
How did it turn out?

Author: Writer Preziosi

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island trying to help real people, while making up stories about imaginary ones. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure, was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon.

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