I am so excited to share my outdoor ceiling fan recycle today. I am still amazed at what a difference paint can make! I should have taken care of this project years ago but just never got around to it.
You know how you see something in your house that you need to fix, but as you pass by it everyday you start to not even notice it anymore? Holes in the wall, nicks in the paint, icky dust webs in the corners?
Well, in a few weeks I will be hosting a baby shower, which means my home needs to be looking good! Since I want to know how my guest will view my house, I did one of those little tricks that realtors do and walked around like I had never been here before. The object is to see any little repairs or cleaning that need completed. At the back porch, I looked up and saw the rusty old ceiling fan that has needed painting for a long time. Good Lord, I am really glad I did the walk thru by myself. My to-do list is so long it would be embarrassing for anyone else to see it!
So here is how I made this poor fan look almost like new. I used Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner, some 200 grit sandpaper, 2 coats of white primer and 2 coats of white satin finish paint, a small foam brush and a paintbrush. First, I gave the blades a good cleaning with the Mean Green. Thank goodness the blades are plastic coated and had not rusted. Then I gently sanded down the rust spots on the motor housing. I only sanded down the high spots and flaking metal pieces. I was afraid the whole time that the fan would come crashing down! Then I applied 2 coats of primer, waiting 4 hours between coats and then waited overnight until putting on the first coat of paint. I repeated the same thing with the white paint.
The fan body was in really bad shape, but amazingly the motor still ran just fine.
This after photo shows just how much difference paint can make. I am so happy I did this and my guests will never know how this little fan had been neglected!
I am in love with the way the fan looks now. What do you think? Have you ever painted your ceiling fans?
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