Monday, 27 June 2011

What is it About Ceiling Fans?

What is it about ceiling fans?  I am grateful that we have ceiling fans.  I would not be able to sleep on a Brisbane summer night without one.

But there is something about my ceiling fans that is bugging me.  I hate the brass stripe and the brass screws.  I hate that they have discoloured over time and look yellow.  I hate that this bothers me.  Is it because when you lie in bed you stare up at the ceiling fan?

I decided I either needed to be grateful that I had ceiling fans and stop complaining about the way they look, or be grateful that I can change them - so I did.  I painted the blades with a spray gloss paint in white, and the metal fan housing with white gloss Kill Rust metal paint.

So much better - all white now!

I have lived with this brass fan in my master bedroom for 10 years.  It's the only brass fan in the whole house.  I guess the people who built the house wanted to make a feature of it (they succeeded).  We only have 8 foot ceilings so I just want it to blend into the ceiling so it doesn't make the room feel small.



I am particularly grateful to some of the wonderful blogs out there that give detailed instructions on how to complete some of these unusual DIY projects, and so inspire others to believe that they can also do it.  If it wasn't for them, I'd still be living with my ugly brass fan for another 10 years.  I'm grateful for that!


  1. You may want to flip the ceiling fan paddles over. It won't look so 70's.

  2. Also, whatever the circle thingy is by the fan on the ceiling, I'd paint it white too. The white looks fantastic on the fan, btw!

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  4. Great find! This is absolutely good to beat the scorching heat of the summer while working on your garage or wherever you want to use it. So, is it still working until now?
    Staci Severns @Brooklyn Fan


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