When we started our (ongoing) kitchen renovation, I really wanted to replace the fluorescent light and ceiling fan. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the budget at the time. It’s still not really in the budget, but that turned out to be a good thing. I was sure I wanted to replace the ceiling fan with a cute light fixture or maybe chandelier of some sort. Now that we have lived in the space for a while, I’m really glad I didn’t get rid of the ceiling fan. Turns out I use that puppy on a daily basis.
See, there is no vent in our kitchen. So the space gets HOT when I’m baking or cooking. And….sometimes kind of smoky when I get out of control or distracted. That fan has saved our lungs from smoke inhalation a few times. So while I’ve added a vent to my list of things to add to our renovation, I’ve also embraced the ceiling fan.
While I like the function of this guy, I’m not so much a fan of his appearance. I could get a new one, but like I said, it’s not really in the budget right now and this one works perfectly well. I hate to get rid of something that’s still in great working condition. BUT….dude needs a makeover.
I actually don’t hate the antiqued brass. (I know I’m probably the only one.) The problem is, all of the other metal finishes in our kitchen are brushed nickel, so it really feels out of place. And as much as I LOVE gold, I could do without the gold detail on the fan blades.
I turned off the breaker and started to dismantle everything. I get intimidated when it comes to changing anything electrical, then once I do it, I remember how simple it is and wonder why the heck I waited so long. This was really just a matter of disconnecting two wires, one white and one black. It also helped that I didn’t have to remove the motor, just the cover. (Check out the dust on those blades. Sexy.) Once I got everything down, I gave it all a good cleaning with a multi-purpose cleaner. This step took an embarrassingly long time. There was more than just a layer of dust, it also had a nice layer of grime that I’m sure only comes from living in the kitchen. After cleaning, I sanded the blades and started spray painting the metal surfaces.
Luckily, the back side of the fan blades still had the nice wood grain pattern without the not-so-nice gold detail, so I flipped them over and used that side instead. I used a poly stain to go over my blades, it took about five coats to get the dark shade that I wanted. If you’ve never used a poly stain, I highly recommend it! It is very forgiving and easy to use. My only regret is that I didn’t get a satin finish, I already had this gloss finish on hand so I used it, but if you don’t want a glossy finish, just get the satin.
After everything was dry, I started to put it all back together. I changed out the glass light covers too which really made it feel a lot less outdated. Isn’t it SO MUCH BETTER?! I seriously wish I hadn’t waited so long to do this project. Not bad for a super cheap project. I did have to buy those light shades for about $4 a pop, but it was totally worth it. Now I’m on the hunt for more light fixtures to re-do!