I Painted a Ceiling Fan….

fancloseupOf course I did….right?!?!


After I finished my Kitchen Makeover, the ceiling fan was not really blending into my clean, white and gray theme.  I have pretty much blown my decorating budget on the bathroom remodel…so I’m trying hard not to spend anything on the house for awhile.


So, what is a girl to do when she suddenly has 12 hours at home with NO children needing anything from her?



I got a ladder, a few brushes, Graphite Chalk Paint®, Paris Grey Chalk Paint® and Pure White Chalk Paint®.  I wiped off the dirt and dust and started painting. Didn’t even mess with taking the fan down. I decided to do the Washed Zinc technique that I teach in my Chalk Paint® 101 Class.  Its a Graphite Base with Paris Grey washed over it.  I finished it off with some Clear Wax.

I dry brushed the paddles with some Paris Grey and Pure White and I did end up putting wax on them, not because they needed waxing, but because the wax softened the look a bit.

and then this happened….


The “browny” toned glass globe was soooo not working with my new look.  I really hated to spend any money on this project, so I thought perhaps I could work some more paint magic.  Nope, that was not happening….the picture does not do justice to the failure of this idea.  Yes, you can paint glass very successfully with Chalk Paint®, but, the look I was going for was not going to work on this.


I was super excited that for $14 at Lowes I was able to get a new Alabaster White glass globe!


Project Complete with minimal disruption to my life….and nobody destroying other parts of the house in the process!


How about this $349 fan from Ballard Designs? It also comes with white blades.  Ooh La La! I love it…but not for even 20% off $349…can’t splurge for quite awhile!  My fan makeover sure is not “perfect”, but it is “perfect” enough for me!


photo from Ballard Designs

Have I inspired you to paint something in your house that needs a makeover?

4 Comments on I Painted a Ceiling Fan….

  1. Janice Hebert
    June 17, 2014 at 10:14 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes! I love your fan now-blends in much better. Have you ever painted a refrigerator??? Since we painted our cabinets white the “almond” fridge looks awful! Any ideas?

  2. angela
    February 10, 2016 at 8:35 am (2 years ago)

    I love this!! Your work has definitely given me ideas.


  3. Tish
    June 23, 2016 at 2:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I love your fan better than Ballard’s and you can say “I did this”! Love your work, very talented young lady!

  4. Dani
    December 17, 2017 at 1:01 pm (2 months ago)

    I love your fan so much more then the Ballard one! Keep it! But if you don’t you can send yours to me! <3


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