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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?

Brassy is just not Classy!

I am the proud owner of 6 of these lovely ladies!
Her body is brassy, her appendages are a slick plastic, crafted to look like real oak…and oh that sexy etched curvy glass! I know you are sooo jealous I have SIX of these!
Well…I’m down to 5!
 Thanks to this guy, whose number one most hated thing is doing anything electrical!  Even with the breaker turned off he was still not too happy about this!


But, he did get to break bad with the law enforcement bolt cutters to snap off a few long bolts that were giving us a fit in hanging the new chandelier!
I splurged an got this baby I had been eyeballing in Ballard Designs catalog for quite some time!
The Denley 6 Light Pendant Chandelier
Now I just need some furniture…
….and lower wattage bulbs!
I feel the 60 watt Ballard recommended are too bright!
I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of 2 apartment sized sofas for this room
The peanut gallery seems quite satisfied with my 16 year old chairs with sheets draped on top!
Stayed tuned in because my next brassy light transformation involves Chalk Paint®!