I started to think, why can't I have both? I have elected to take a path that is all my own and there are no rules, right? I began by searching on the Internet. Lamps Plus, Fab.com, EBay, Amazon, Overstock, etc. I found a few items that could be called Chandelier Style Ceiling Fans, however I would certainly not call them chic. Also, plaguing me is that idea again of spending a lot of dough on one lighting fixture.
There are handy people in my life. They use drill bits, circular saws, hammers as well as the rest of them. Why not get a chandelier and replace the current fixture with the blinged out chandelier? Lamps Plus had a $100 deal on a crystal and silver chandelier that matches the color scheme of my plans. So, I went for it! Now, to take down the existing white, dull ceiling fan blades and holders. Then on to cleaning the base and blades...prepping them for Metallic Silver Paint.
|White Ceiling Fan and Blades|
Soap and Water
Area to keep items clean while drying
Key to success here is to clean the base and blades as well as the blade holders. I used warm water and Lysol. Afterwards I let the items air dry as to not worry about any remaining lint. Obviously, you want to repeat the process for the flip side of the blades and blade holders.
|Silver Painted Ceiling Fan Parts|
Metallic Silver Spray Paint (I used Rustoleum)
Drop Cloth or other protected surface
Rag (to clean up any drips prior to drying)
Key to success here is making sure that you have a space that will allow you to work comfortably. Clean, smooth sweeps when spray painting from a comfortable distance will make sure your project does not have drips. If you have drips, take care of them immediately by dabbing or cleaning off that area. I like to stay at least 8 inches away from the item I am spraying while spray painting. I also think wide and smooth, left to right strokes makes sure you have an even finish.
Patience comes in handy while you let it dry completely. It should no longer be wet or tacky to the touch. I am not so patient, so this was a big test for me. I did two coats on both sides of the items even though they would not all show to the eye. This process took two days. If outside, like I was, make sure you are comfortable the wind will not create art deco prints on your paint with debris.
Using brown paper picked up at Lowe's, the ceiling around the base of the fan was taped up so that the ceiling did not get spray painted Metallic Silver either. I would recommend two coats here, as well. That patience kicks in to make sure the ceiling fan base is dry, as well.
Removing the existing fixture involves a screwdriver and disconnection of the power to the fixture from the existing ceiling fan base. You should turn off the power so you do not get hurt (please see previous blog about re-inventing a 1920's lamp). If you are not comfortable with this process, contact someone you know who is or a professional handyman. Reconnect the chandelier that was purchased (best and least amount of effort come from making sure the base of the existing light fixture and new light fixture are the same diameter). You may need to drill holes into the new chandelier base to attach.
Once power is reconnected from the Ceiling Fan base to the new Chandelier, screw in the fixture. Test and make sure you have completed this process successfully. I hate continuing through a process and then realizing something is wrong. Now, I have to backtrack and undo everything I struggled to get done in the first place.
|Silver Chandelier Ceiling Fan with BLING|