I’ve been trying really hard lately to not bring new and unnecessary things into our home. I’m extremely sentimental (read: pack rat), and even though I’ve made a good effort to get rid of a lot, my best bet to a clean home is to limit what I add to it.

That said, I like shiny new things! What’s a girl to do? Especially when she’s been lusting over pretty new fans.


I decided to take a crappy old fan we had and give it new life. I get a shiny new-to-us fan and my wonderful (not to mention patient) boyfriend gets to not drown under piles of stuff. Win-win!

Gross, right?

Ok, first things first — clean your fan. You’re probably thinking, “it’s not that dirty,” but trust me when I say that it is. You don’t want to go to all the work of sprucing up a fan only to realize you painted over dust. Not classy!

Next, disassemble. This was my favorite step, as I love taking things apart.


Select what colors you’d like to go for. Since I wanted an industrial look, I chose a matte black and a contrasting metallic (in this case, gold). Read your spray paint can carefully, as not all play well with plastic. If you buy the kind made to spray on plastic, you save yourself a step in sanding.

And who likes extra steps? No one, that’s who.

Like my tarp weights? It was an especially windy day.

Ideally, you’ll want a few coats of paint on each side. The gold pieces you see above were the easiest to paint. Not much surface area = less drying time.

The base and cord took the longest time to dry. In fact, the cord stayed tacky for almost the whole day; it must be the material it’s made of. I got sick of waiting and rubbed some baking soda on the still-tacky cord. This prevented it from losing paint to our counter tops. Sounds weird, but it works!

A normal person would wait for it to completely dry, but I was anxious to see the final result.

Side note: it was about at this point that my friend Jen said “don’t you want to be patient and wait for it to dry?” Hahaha, you’re so funny, Jen!


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Here she is in all her glory! I love that I went with a matte black, it’s so much subtler than the alternative glossy black.

Oh, you want to see a few more? Sure!

I love the contrasting gold knob.


Note from the above photo: if your fan has multiple speeds, make sure you take the time to paint the little gaps that appear when you switch speeds. This one almost got me!

Josh and I are both enjoying our “new” fan and the special touch it adds to the bedroom. Now I’m eyeing what else I can transform…


What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever spray painted?