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How to update the fans hardware

In addition to the fan blades, you can take it a step further and paint the fan’s hardware.  You know that old brass that is horribly out of date?  You can totally spray paint it. 

Your local hardware store will have many different color options including spray that looks metallic, so you can change it to more of an antique brass, black, chrome, bronze, etc.  

Or go bold with any bright color you love!

3. Remove the fan OR protect the surrounding area

First, you have to decide how you are going to spray your fan.

You could either take the whole fan down and spray it outside on cardboard, a tarp, garbage bag, etc (something to protect the ground from the paint), or you could leave it on the ceiling and protect the surrounding area.  

Both options do have their challenges as you either must do some electric work or fumble with painter’s tape.  

Brad and I have replaced a few light fixtures in the house (and when I say Brad and I, I mean Brad).  It’s more doable than I thought, but still makes me nervous. 

If you do decide to take the fan down be sure to research how to do it, safety first and SHUT OFF THE ELECTRICITY!!!!! Always, always protect yourself.  

A new fan is not worth electric shock.  Seriously. 

If you’ve never removed and replaced light fixtures, go the second route of leaving the fan on the ceiling. 

Spray paint will get everywhere, so you will have to protect the surrounding areas.  

Completely cover the ceiling as well as the area underneath the fan using painter’s tape around the edges of the fixture, drop cloths, paper bags, plastic garbage bags or whatever else you may have to protect your surfaces.  

You will have to tape some type of a drop cloth to the ceiling to protect the surrounding areas.  You can do this with paper bags, plastic garbage bags, old plastic tablecloths, etc.  There are several materials that will work for this.  Just make sure you tape it completely so no paint can sneak through!

Also lay a drop cloth or old sheets on the ground underneath the area.  This stuff can and will get everywhere, so make sure you protect your surfaces.  

4. Paint

Now spray away, working in short bursts and light coats.  

Look at the directions on the paint can for dry time.  It usually takes about an hour for the paint to dry in between coats.  Allow it that time and then go back in with extra coats as needed.  

It’s better to do multiple light coats than one thick coat.  Even though it seems like it will save you time, thick spray paint will cake up and you’ll be left with a very messy end result.  

It’s worth the extra time to do multiple light coats. 

When you get the complete coverage you desire, let the fan dry completely and then reinstall the fan blades.

5. Reinstall fan blades

To reinstall the fan blades, it’s the same process that you went through to take them off, but backwards. 

Put the holes over the screws and push the whole blade forward so that the level pops back up and the blades are secure in the fan.  

Make sure they are secure before turning it on!!!

You don’t want them flying across the room. 

Shabby Chic Ceiling Fan Makeover Using Chalk Paints

Here is a more detailed tutorial on how to achieve a shabby chic farmhouse ceiling fan.

In this tutorial, she helpfully dives into a lot of detail in the waxing process.

Old Ugly Ceiling Fan Makeover

In this post they show us how to cleverly update an ugly old ceiling fan.

It’s quite a transformation, as even the shape of the blades has been changed.

Changing the glass light covers has certainly made a difference as well.

Saw Dust 2 Stitches

3. Install the ceiling bracket

Now it’s time to install pieces of the new fan. First up is the ceiling bracket. Use the screws that come with the new fan, and secure it into the holes on the electrical box.

Bring the wires from the ceiling through the center hole. In our case, that was one white wire and one yellow wire (plus the green one on the ceiling bracket).

Install the light kit

Install the light kit per directions as the manufa

Install the light kit per directions as the manufacturer suggests.

Updating your ceiling fan without removing it is such an easy way to update your home. As a result, it saved us money than we can use on another project.

You will want to see how I made over my fireplace

You will want to see how I made over my fireplace tile without removing the tile. This project only cost us a few dollars and looks beautiful!

Reshape the blades

To give the blades a modern feel, I needed to knock off the pointed ends. To do this quickly, I stacked them all on top of each other and ran tape around the bundle tightly. I then traced the new end shape I wanted onto the top board and took them to the bandsaw and cut them all at once along the line I just drew.

To clean up the cut, I took the bundle to the osci

To clean up the cut, I took the bundle to the oscillating spindle sander and sanded the ends lightly until I was happy with how it looked.

Step 1: Materials

Primer paint Finish paint Rustoleum oil based paint or the like 2-3 paint brushes All purpose cleaner and towels Screwdriver (flat and/or Phillips depending on your fan) Ladder

Step 6: Paint Blades With Two Coats of Finish Color

By now the primer coat is dry enough to do the first color coat. I used left-over water-based latex paint from the paint job recently done in my living room so that the fan blades match my walls. You’ll need to do at least two coats if you are going to a lighter color on your fan blades.

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Install a Ceiling Fan Light Replacement Kit

According to the Energy Star website, ceiling fan light kits are available to replace the one that originally came with your fan, or to add to a ceiling fan that does not have a light kit installed. The Today’s Homeowner website notes that a light kit is all you need to completely renovate the appearance of any suitable existing ceiling fan.

Turn off the ceiling fan circuit breaker inside your electrical panel box before removing the light kit. Take out the three or four screws holding the switch-housing cap and light kit to the switch-housing below the fan blades. Lower the light kit from the housing to access the wiring and hold a noncontact voltage detector against the black wires inside the housing. When you disconnect the power to the fan properly, the detector won’t light.

Untwist the connectors holding the light kit wires to the ceiling fan and pull the wires apart and look at the top of the light kit. The light kit wires stick out of a threaded nipple, and a locknut is threaded onto the nipple holding the switch-housing cap to the light kit. Use your fingers to remove the locknut and twist the cap counterclockwise to remove it.

Install the cap only to your new ceiling fan light kit and reverse your steps to install the light kit on the ceiling fan. Turn on the ceiling fan breaker inside the panel box.

Dress Up with Contact Paper

You don’t have to paint the blades. You can use contact paper (or any other self-adhesive) materials carefully cut out to update them and it will last longer.

If you go online, you will see how to balance your fan blades. If you hear a sort of knocking noise when they run, they need balancing. You can buy the weights at any home hardware store.

As for fan light kits, there are both entire kits that can change out how everything looks, or you can just buy new light covers that are more modern, along with more modern light bulbs. I don’t recommend painting the metal housings because they do get hot, and trying to do so will result in peeling paint. If you spray them and get paint in the motor, it could result in a completely ruined fan.Kamia

7. Add the switch housing

You’ll most likely put your switch housing into place using screws. There will be a wire plug that goes from the upper to the lower switch housing. Make sure this connection is secure, because it’s what turns the fan on.

Nice, New and In Style

I spray painted my old ones to give it an updated look. I cleaned it well first and did three light coats of spray paint. My ceiling fan had lights/globes, and I inexpensively updated those with new ones.

Our fan looks really nice, new, and in style. It only cost a few dollars and a couple hours of work.Pamela

Benefits of Professional Chandelier Installation

Like ceiling fans, chandeliers have special installation and repair considerations. Chandeliers have more complex wiring than conventional light fixtures, and due to their complexity, there are more opportunities for issues to arise. The increased heat that can result from extra wiring and light bulbs can lead to shorts and potential heat damage to the fixture. At Point Loma Electric and Plumbing, we specialize in troubleshooting wiring problems. We can quickly tell if damage has occurred within the fixture itself or possibly in the wiring that serves it and make repairs.

The weight of chandeliers is also an important consideration in chandelier installation. Chandeliers must be installed with special boxes that are designed to handle the extra weight of the fixture. Our electricians must make the assessment when replacing a fixture with a chandelier if the box and wiring are capable of handling the extra weight and current demanded by the new fixture.

We have performed hundreds of chandelier installations in the greater San Diego area over our 32 years of service. Not only can we help you find that ideal fixture, but also we ensure all wiring is up to code and correct for your next chandelier.

Although chandeliers offer plenty of beauty and lighting, there are other indoor lighting options you can choose from. Work with our electricians for a personalized lighting solution.

Reassembly and Installation

Once everything is dry from painting, just redo what you took apart to reassemble the fan. Mount the fan to a secure fan box and connect all electrical connections on your own or with the help of an electrician.

Now, stand back and admire your new fan! I think the transformation was totally worth the short amount of time and money we put into this project, especially since no one believes it’s from the 90’s when they see it in our home!

If you update an old fan of your own, make sure to

If you update an old fan of your own, make sure to tag Woodshop Mike (#woodshopmike) so we can see how it turned out!

PS- Don’t be like me and forget to remove your jewelry before working with power tools!

Thanks for reading, and as always, let us know if you have any questions!




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