Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Painting A Ceiling Fan

The ceiling fan in the school room has long been on my mental “to-do” list.


In this picture, you probably don’t have quite the perspective of the visual blight that its overall appearance has been in the school room.  It was a non-pretty shade of green.

Of course I had to paint it. It just took me a little while to get around to it, and to decide what color it should be. But I finally figured it out and one day, I grabbed a screwdriver, pulled up a chair, climbed up, and took it down.  It was heavier than I expected, so I was glad Alix was close at hand to help me get it down.  This was the first time I detached a light fixture, so I was careful, and turned off the light switch.  ;)

And I took note of what color wires were twisted together.  Black with black, and white with white.  I wasn’t sure what either of them represented, other than a nasty little shock if I messed them up.  But, thank goodness, that didn’t happen.


I unscrewed the blades from the fan, and the little decorative metal pieces that support the screws. Don’t forget to put a little piece of tape over the exposed wires and the light bulb sockets.


Then shake the can of spray paint, I used Rustoleum’s Stone Gray, for several minutes.  The instructions on the can say 1 minute, but it really is better to do it longer.  The paint is less likely to sputter and I find the coat is more even on the item I am painting.

I sprayed a couple of coats, just to get a nice, even coverage.  Let it dry for several hours, and then screw the blades on and hang it back up!



Although it might not seem like much, I can’t tell you what a difference it has made in the whole look of the school room!

At least it has to me.  :)


Have a great day!


  1. I can't believe you left the paddles non-white! LOL It looks great as always.

  2. Ha! Actually, I am surprised myself..
    But I like it. :)

  3. Look what a simple change in paint color can do! Your ceiling fan now looks lighter with the white paint. It made the whole room look brighter and more cheerful. Great job, Kelly!
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  4. Thanks, Staci! I think it's more cheerful, too. :)

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