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How to Revamp Your Outdated Ceiling Fan for less then $10

Have you been staring at that ugly old ceiling fan? Have you been strolling the aisles of Lowes and seeing that new beauty in your home, until you see the price tag. How about getting a new ceiling fan for only $10? Today my friend Alyssa shows you exactly how to do it!

So today I am bringing on a dear friend of mine Alyssa!

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She is a resident of Batavia too and an active member of our Facebook group!

Alyssa loves to craft and has a group on Facebook featuring her crocheted items! Check it out the stuff is super cute!

( Are you a DIYER and want to share your awesome stuff? Send me an email!)

Take it away Alyssa!

Hey guys! Thank you to Tasia for letting me share this with you all, I’ve always enjoyed sharing my DIY projects with friends and family and I’m excited to do so with all of you!

I was getting so tired of looking at this ugly, outdated ceiling fan. So I decided to replace it. The cheapest one I could find was $50. Nope. I’m too frugal for that; especially since it still functions just fine. I discovered there is a simple way to make your ceiling fan look brand new with only a screwdriver or drill; painters tape, 2 cans of spray paint, and a Sunday afternoon! (and a ladder if you’re short like me )

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Step 1:

Take a before picture to show to all of your friends.

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Step 2:

Remove light bulbs and light fixtures. Be sure to grab a bucket or baggies for all the screws and washers!

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Step 3:

Remove one blade at a time by first unscrewing it from the fixture itself.


Step 4:

Remove the metal part from all of the fan blades by unscrewing the three nuts from the back.

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Step 5:

Dust! Grab a rag and clean up the blades and the metal parts. (I have no terminology for fans haha)

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Step 6:

You will want the paint of the screws to match the new hardware color. Lay out a piece of painter’s tape and line up all of your screws, then fold the tape in half creating an “envelope.”

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Step 7:

Take all of your materials outside. I used a few boxes and my garage to do the spray painting. Lay your fan blades out and spray!

Tip* If your fan blades have a design on them like mine did, you can flip them over and paint the “Top”, so you won’t need as many coats of paint to cover the design, which will now be facing the ceiling where no one will see it!

Lay your metal hardware out and spray! Follow the directions on the can, mine said to wait 10 min between coats to spray again. Next, you can prop your screws up and give them a coat.

Step 8:

While your parts are all drying outside, cover your fan base with painters tape everywhere you do not want painted! Get some cardboard and tape it to the ceiling around the fan base to protect your ceiling. Then spray the base of the fan.

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Step 9:

Put it all back together and admire your work and savings$!$!

Tip! As always use materials you have on hand before hitting up the store! I had painters tape and chrome spray paint. You could also use leftover paint and a brush instead of the spray paint.


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Monday 4th of April 2016

So cool, I don't have a ceiling fan so don't need to worry about this though

Lori Ferguson

Monday 4th of April 2016

Great tutorial - with all those parts, I imagine it could be intimidating to pull it apart. I appreciate the detailed pictures!


Tuesday 5th of April 2016

I was a little intimidated at first! I worried I might not be able to get it back together, but taking a before picture helped. And once I got up to close to the fan I realized how simply it was assembled. Thanks for the feedback Lori :)


Monday 4th of April 2016

Wow, it looks so much better now! Great job! I thought about doing this especially considering how expensive these things are to purchase. Thanks for sharing :)


Monday 4th of April 2016

Thanks Alice!


Monday 4th of April 2016

I really love how simple you made this! I've considered updating my fans before but was always intimidated by other processes I had read. This gives me confidence that I can get it done!!! Thank you!!!


Monday 4th of April 2016

Thanks Starr! You definitely do this project, it really was so simple. Just don't lose any of the little screws, nuts or bolts! :)

JoJo Tabares

Monday 4th of April 2016

What a great idea! Those can be so expensive.


Tuesday 5th of April 2016

Thank you JoJo, my thoughts exactly!

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