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Sunday, 12 August 2012

How To Paint Your Fan

Have you ever thought about spray painting your boring old white plastic table fan? I got the idea in my head this week, but when I looked at all the different moving parts, I wasn't so sure it was a good idea.

Of course, I did it anyway, but if it hadn't worked out, Chris would have been pretty annoyed with me. That's his beloved bedside fan.


Look how pretty, though! I think even if it didn't work, it still would have been the right call. That's just me though. I'm always cold anyway.

Of course it doesn't look vintage or anything, but it certainly looks more vintagey than before.

It also looks good in my front hall, which is irrelevant because, like I said, this is a bedside fan. Still, good to know.

Here's how I did it!


1) I unhinged the clips that were holding on the front of the cage and removed the cage.

2) I unscrewed the cap that was holding on the fan blades, then removed the blades.

3) I taped up the stick type thing (technical term) that the fan blades were sitting on and I took care to cover the hole that the stick type thing was coming out of with tape too so no paint would get into the innards of the fan.

4) I stuck the cord into a plastic bag and pulled it back a bit and just taped a few inches of the cord so I'd be able to spray paint around it.

Then I got to paintin'!

Funny story: I asked Kennedy to take my "before" pictures for me so that she would feel like this was fun and not just me forcing her to wait to play while I do yet another boring project. She kept playing around with the camera while I was working.

When we went back inside later to look at the photos, I found these little "extra" shots that she'd taken without my knowing!


That last one is the best. The wind blew the fan over on me and I used my cat-like reflexes to catch it. I'm like the spray painting ninja or something in that one!


A few light coats later and I had a pretty slick looking fan! I'm pretty sure the light coats are the key to not gumming up the works. I know you're supposed to do several lights coats whenever you spray paint, but I really don't. If I can do it in one big goopy coat and get away with it, I will. I was good this time though.


I painted over the number settings on the buttons, but I think we'll be able to figure it out. We're smart people like that around here.


I'm pretty pleased with it overall and I'm glad to have discovered this quick and easy little DIY. I can't wait to try a few more. Maybe a nice light green one for Kennedy's room? A silvery one for the kitchen?

Good thing tables fans are on clearance right now!





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27 comments:

Karen said...

Wow, Courtenay, I can see your Ninja training is coming in handy! What a great idea...I don't see any drip marks, either! xx

ForbrukslÄn pÄ dagen said...

pictures for so that she would feel like this was fun and not just forcing her to wait to play while do yet another boring project.

The Other Me Is Sane said...

your lovely fan just begs the question of why don't they make the fans black and classy looking in the first place? Men obviously are the fan designers.

bj said...

I LOVE your Ninja self...!! :))

And, I do, indeed, love that painted fan. I have a couple of olden, white ones that are about to GET THEIR PAINT ON.
Thanks for the quick tips.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Another great and affordable idea, ninja Courtenay! We have two white ones but luckily our newest small one for our son came in black (Canadian Superstore.) Other colours would be so much fun too.

Cozy Little House said...

Don't know that I'd have thought of that. But it's an excellent idea! Is that an old barn behind your place? I just adore old barns.
Brenda

Jenny Melrose said...

Such a great idea! The darker color also probably hides everything, which is a plus in my book.

Jaye @ Just Trying to Make Cents of it All! said...

Holy Cow! What a great freaking idea!!!! We have this ugly a*s fan in our bedroom every summer and I HATE it!!! No more, my friend!!!

Thanks for posting!!! Said fan is getting a makeover before it shows it's ugly face next summer!!!

Thanks for sharing! Just when I thought I'd seen everything!!!

Bonnie said...

Great idea. It does look vintage. I think people are painting everything these days. I gave away two tall brass candlesticks recently. Why, didn't I think about painting them?????!!!!!

June@I will craft said...

Great idea - I guess that comes from smart people who can figure out the painted buttons! :)

Toodie said...

I'm totally jealous of your ninja skills! The fan looks great!

Vintage Street Designs said...

Oh, I am so glad you did this 'cause I was wondering about doing this myself. Now I know it works! Thank you!!! :)

Kim Wallar said...

The fan looks great! I think it looks very vintage. But I would expect nothing less from a Ninja!:) Blessings!

Kati @ Obscured Flair- said...

wow! I was just thinking yesterday that I hadn't seen anyone paint a fan. And sometimes they can be an eyesore in a room! Fantastic job!!

Carol R said...

I have a fan that is partially painted. My boyfriend had it going in the garage when he was painting a lamp. Therefore, it is painted with over spray. Now I have a blue/gray fan with oil rubbed bronze specks. I want to paint it to make it look nicer. I'm thinking I should get the spray paint made specifically for plastic.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What a great idea! And I truly enjoyed reading this post. Really makes you rethink the whole ugly plastic fan thing!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

great looking fan! :) I'm torn about the black. It wouldn't show the grime on the fan, but it would show dust...that's why I'm not a "fan" of black usually. lol

gail

Honey at 2805 said...

You created a great vintage look by painting your fan! Good idea!

Thanks for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Great idea! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

The Prudent Pantry said...

Love this! I spray paint all kinds of things but have never thought of this. The fan looks great. I will be looking for fans on sale!

I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:

http://theprudentpantryblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/prudent-projects-smart-solutions-week-7.html

Have a great day!

must love junk said...

What a brilliant idea! Would've never thought of it-looks great!
Susan

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Great idea! And those fans look so much better in black, don't they! Angie xo

Monaliza Legarto said...

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Dewdrop Gardens said...

Oh wow, I love your idea to spray paint a fan!! It turned out great, I will definitely be doing this on the few we have (like you, ugly boring white). I would like to pin this for future projects.
Great to see you at the Fall in Love With Spray Paint Party!
Debbie :)

Finding Home said...

Such a great and simple project and really proves the power of spray paint! Thanks so much for sharing at our link party! TAke care, Laura

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Okay my friend ... now you have my head spinning with ideas of how I can use some of Krylon's cool textured and metallic spray paints to take a white plastic bore me fan and turn it into something vintage and interesting ...

Oh, and thanks so my for linking up to our link party! You're the best!

:)

Linda

Cindy said...

This looks great! Did you need to prime the plastic, or was the paint a combo or paint/primer? (I'm new to the paint-everything party, but I'm about to make the plunge:)