How to Paint Your Ceiling Fan

Last week I finally got to work on Garrett’s Bedroom, we are officially going to BIG BIG boy room. His nursury had an airplane theme because both Grandpa’s were in the aeronautics industry. Then he was a huge horse fan so we went to a cowboy room. When he was told me he didn’t want that anymore I took everything down and covered the holes with Starwars wall clings till I was ready to redo the entire thing. So here is the before with the shelf taken down that was around the top of the room. 
Yes he takes after his Dad and is a slob but this was also after we had started taking stuff out of the room. So I will soon reveal the entire room but for now here is how I customized his ceiling fan.

First you take the blades down and take the hardware off. I used the opposite side in case I wanted to use the white side again later. This was only good in theory because when I was done there were all kinds of paint stains on the back, Oh well best laid plans. First I sanded the paddles using a fine grit.

Next using Valspar Paint with Primer I painted the paddles with my paint roller, 2 coats. Once it was dry (I waited a day) I measured out and taped for the red lines. Be very careful because it can get confusing.

After I did one panel I went down and marked x’s on the part I needed to paint so I didn’t paint the wrong spot. I lined up the other paddles along side and taped the rest up really fast.

First I painted these pretty red stripes. I did 2 coats on these as well using a regular paint brush.
Immediately pull the tape off, do not wait for it to dry. Then repeat the process for any other colors you want to use. I used Scotch blue with edge lock and had a few touch-ups I had to do with a small paint brush and a steady hand. I really do prefer Frog Tape you can see why here. Here is the close up of a finished paddle.

Here is how cool it looks when it is on!

This was easy and really added a lot to tie the room together.

To see the final room reveal you can go here. Click one of these links to see how I striped his wallpainted his curtains, and painted some room accessories.



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  1. QuirkyKim says:

    How very cool, Kelly! I cannot wait to share your post on Pinterest!

  2. It looks much better when it’s rotating and I’ll surely do this to the ceiling fan of my kid’s room.

    • Miss Information says:

      It really is fun to watch although my hubby says it makes him dizzy LOL

  3. Claire @ A Little Cl says:

    Kelly I LOVE this!!! Pinning it. :)

  4. Claire @ A Little Cl says:

    (oops sorry I left an "e" out of your name!! ) :)

    • Miss Information says:

      LOL It's OK I am used to it, and thanks for pinning!

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  6. M.J. Powell says:

    How fun! Love the way it looks on. The Busy Bee's,Myrna and Joye.

  7. Sherry of Pondered P says:

    How cool is that!? It looks crazy cool when on too. Maybe my 10 year old son would even want to take part in painting his. :)

  8. Chelsea @ Making Hom says:

    So clever! What a great way to update a ceiling fan!!

  9. Meredith @ Wait Til says:

    So fun for a kid room. I bet it looks awesome while it's on too :o)

  10. Jill @ Create.Craft. says:

    That looks awesome, Kelley! I love the colors you chose! Love the pic of the fan moving!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I did this with red & blue stripes, as we did a Captain America theme… it looks like his shield it when spinning. My son loves it!

  12. Holly says:

    This looks great!! Makes me want to go buy a ceiling fan just to paint!! I'm a new follower–would love if you can stop by when you have time!Holly,

  13. Michele Reynolds says:

    Really cool idea! Pinned to my beachy board:) I posted DIY Doily Jacket to this weeks parties! Stop over

    • Kelley Wilson says:

      Thanks Michele, your doily jacket sounds really cute.

  14. polly plum says:

    I have the same fan in my room and 2 kids’ rooms, the boring woodgrain paddles, and I never thought of painting them, thank you!The paddles are really plastic,I imagine? Is it difficult to get the paint to adhere?

    • I think they are pressed wood and no it was not as long as you sand it first to rough up the finish. I have had no problems and they still look great after 2 years

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