Ceiling Fan Makeover

DIY Ceiling Fan Makeover

Level of Difficulty: Medium


  • Painter’s tape (I love love love and highly recommend Frog Tape)
  • Newspaper/cardboard/plastic
  • Spray paint (I used Rustoleum Oil-Rubbed Bronze for metal parts and Rustoleum Hammered Brown for the fan blades)
  • Screw driver
  • Ziploc bag
  • Safety glasses and mask


  1. Turn off electricity to the room – safety first!
  2. Remove light bulbs, glass cover, and fan blades (I left the motor attached to ceiling)
  3. Any screws that will show I left out to paint any others that will be hidden I put in a ziploc bag (and labeled what part it went to!)
  4. Clean fan blades and motor – you know you have probably never done a thorough cleaning on your fan. Admit it, it’s ok.
  5. Use painter’s tape to cover light bulb sockets, the motor, and the ceiling.
  6. Tape newspaper on ceiling and leave some hanging to limit any spray that might end up on your walls.
  7. Cover your floor and any furniture left in the room.
  8. Spray approximately 6 inches from fan. I used short, quick strokes. I held a piece of cardboard behind wherever I was spraying to “catch” any spray.
  9. Lay out fan blades and any hardware on cardboard (I did mine outside). Spray 6 inches away in long strokes to keep paint even.
  10. Paint a second coat on both the fixture and blades. Let dry.
  11. A few hours later, once completely dry, I was able to put my fan back together and voila!

To keep with the rustic look I kept our outdated glass bulb covers off and replaced our light bulbs with Edison bulbs to give it a more industrial/rustic look.

Before: in all its gold glory.
After removing bulb, blades, and glass shades. All taped and ready to go!
Oil-Rubbed Bronze (L) for Metal Parts and Hammered Brown (R) for Blades
After 1st coat.
Edison style bulbs – bought mine from Home Depot for about $4 a bulb.
The finished product!
Before & After
Before (Gold) and After (No Gold!)
Very happy with the finished product!


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