Drab to Fab Fan Makeover

This is one of my favorite simple updates! Other than finding the perfect lamp shade, this project seriously took minutes!

Bedroom WS

When we first moved into our home our bedroom only had a light fixture, no fan.  A fan was a must for us, but we weren’t set on spending the money on a brand new ceiling fan and light fixture.  Around this same time, my parents upgraded the ceiling fans in their home and had a few 90’s fixtures to donate to us.  The fan was brass with woven wicker in the fan blades!

Fan - Before Fan - Before 2

As you can imagine, we wanted it to not look like this. So, we picked up some spray paint. Black for the fan blades and hammered silver to replace the brass.  That was in 2012.  Now, I wish we wouldn’t have picked silver, but that’s an update for another day. Here’s what the fan has looked like for a few years:

Fan - Before

I think its a boring looking fixture.

I really want a chandelier in our master. I think it would be so adorable and fancy, but I know that my husband needs his ceiling fan. And, actually, I like the fan too.  I searched around online for some great fancy light/fan combos, but they were all coming in at a price I did not want to pay!  That’s when I starting looking at ways to reinspire my current fan!

There are a few things to keep in mind when searching for a lampshade to add to add to your fan or current light fixture.  First, figure out what kind of shade will work.  Our light fixture holds four bulbs and four “arms” to hold those bulbs.


Because of the many different ways lampshades fit onto lamps, I couldn’t just pick up any shade. Luckily, I hit the jackpot when I found this shade for only $4.99 at Goodwill! It had four sections, perfect for my four lights!

Lamp Shade Lamp Price

Then, the part that I told you would take minutes … happened.  I used the small screws on the fixture (that once held the glass globes) as a resting place for the lamp shade.  Then, I used craft wire to connect the shade to the lights.  That’s it! And, actually, don’t even bother with the craft wire if you don’t have some on hand – a twist tie would work in the same way.

Lights CU Lights With Shade CU

The shade offers a much warmer light in our bedroom than the previous globes offered. At first, this was a little tough to get used to because some of the corners of the room felt shadowed, but we’re used to it now and I love the relaxing feeling of soft lighting!

Fan Shade Collage

What do you think?

3 thoughts on “Drab to Fab Fan Makeover

  1. Caroline Campbell says:

    But how did the fan blades go from having a rattan inset to being solid? Something isn’t adding up.


  2. Tracy says:

    Good question! I definitely forgot to add that I just flipped them over! I wasn’t crazy about the wicker look. I promise, they’re the same!


  3. Tracy Doering says:

    Great question! I definitely forgot to add that I flipped the fan blades over after spray painting them! I wasn’t crazy about that wicker look 🙂 Thanks for reading the post!


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