One Room Challenge Week 4: DIY Farmhouse Ceiling Fan Update

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Have you ever started a DIY project that you were sure was going to end up in the trash it pile? That was me last week when I set out to up-cycle the ceiling fan in our guest bedroom. I am happy to report that I completely surprised myself and that what I expected to be an epic fail was an epic success!

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Last week I was mulling over the design for this One Room Challenge and I decided it just didn't make financial sense to switch out our ceiling fan for a new light fixture. As much as I love this challenge to push me as a designer I also want to remain true to who I am- a designer on a budget! So I set out to give our plain ol' ceiling fan a modern farmhouse makeover.

This makeover only took a couple of hours but I just cannot believe the transformation!

Let's take a quick look at the before.

I started by taking the fan blades off of the fan and giving them a quick clean using Simple Green (don't judge the amount of dust you see 🙈).

Then, I gave them all a quick coat of Fusion Mineral Paint in Bedford and let them dry (about an hour).

Once the paint was dry I started to apply a coat of Valspar Antiquing Wax in Dark Satin Acrylic using a rounded brush.

I simply got a little bit of wax on the brush and dabbed off the excess then started to apply a thing coat.

 I made sure to do a thicker coat in some areas to give it the look of wood.

While the fan blades were drying I took the rest of the fan down and using a detail brush gave it two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black (Yes! It even works on metal!).

This paint dries to a matte finish which was exactly the look I was going for.

Once dry I reassembled the fan and had my handy dandy husband help me re-install (can I just take a second to give him a pat on the back for teaching himself to be my on demand electrician- love him!).

The final touch was switching out the glass bulb covers for these industrial style cage covers. We found these in the industrial lighting section of Menard's for $2.50 a piece! You can also find them on Amazon here.

I ran into a snag when I realized the cage covers did not fit inside the normal socket so I simply stretched them a bit and fit them over the place where the light bulb plugs in (really technical terminology here, haha!).

The last and final touch was swapping out our regular bulbs for these fun edison style bulbs.

I am absolutely in love with how this project turned out and so glad I found a way to up-cycle our existing fan instead of replacing it! I think I'll be doing this to all of our bedroom fans now :)

A little sneak peek of the room coming together!

Pin for later!

We are only two weeks away from the big reveal and I am so excited to show you the final results of this One Room Challenge! Stay tuned next week for a fun partnership with Kirkland's!

Be sure to check out all of the Featured Designers and Guest Participants completing the One Room 
Challenge! And check back next week for more updates before the final Reveal on May 8th!

As always, Thank you for visiting R&R at home!


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you!! I am so glad I decide to up-cycle versus buying new!! Can't beat saving over $100!!

    2. where did you find the cages at thanks

  2. This is amazing! What a creative way to approach this, and I already pinned it for later. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thank you so much!! I am so glad I decided to give this makeover!!

  3. Rebecca
    My favorite up-cycle ever!
    We used ORB spray paint to update ours and I love it...but those cages!!!!
    I must copy! You have inspired me to hunt down the cages that is the perfect touch needed. Thank you friend
    xo Lisa s

    1. Thank you!! I cannot believe I waited so long to give this up-cycle a try!! And you can also find those cages on Amazon- a 4 pack for $8 I believe!! Can't beat it!!

  4. That looks amazing! You have given me new inspiration to work with what I have.

  5. Good website! I truly love how it is easy on my eyes it is. I am wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. Ceiling Lights

  6. I am getting ready to start this project. Did you paint both sides of the blades?

    1. Hi! I only painted one side of the blade- the side you would see!


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