How to Paint a Ceiling Fan

Here's how to paint a ceiling fan for an easy way to make your kids room look awesome
I’ve been redoing my oldest son’s room and I wanted to customize it. I decided to paint a ceiling fan with stripes to match the theme. Painting a ceiling fan is really easy and can add lots of impact to a room. Here's how to paint a ceiling fan for an easy way to make your kids room look awesome
We are now at the point it’s time for a more grown up look and transition to something that will carry him through highschool. We did the whole themed nursery complete with  an airplane theme because both Grandpa’s were in the aeronautics industry. When he was little he was not into cars or trains but horses to when he moved to a big boy bed we rethemed his room into a horse and cowboy theme. When he came to me and said this is too babyish I was not ready to let go so I took down all the cowboy stuff and covered the holes with Starwars wall clings till I was ready to redo the entire thing. So here is the before. It used to have a shelf around the top of the room but that ended up being a dust shelf which agrivated his allergies.
We decided to go with a grey and red theme and this time so we cleared it all out. You can see the entire room reveal at the bottom of this post but here is how I customized this fun ceiling fan with stripes to match his wall. The blades had a white and a brown side so in case I wanted to use the white side again I painted the brow. Take the blades off of your fan and take the attachment hardware off. Sand the paddles using a fine grit sandpaper so the paint will adhere to the surface and not peel.Here's how to paint a ceiling fan for an easy way to make your kids room look awesome

Using Valspar Paint with Primer I painted 2 coats of the base color with a roller brush. Let that dry fully just a few hours or over night. Next mearsure your stripes and tape for the thicker lines. On my fan this was the red stripe.Here's how to paint a ceiling fan for an easy way to make your kids room look awesome

Be very careful before painting because it can get confusing. To make painting easier I 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. Here's how to paint a ceiling fan for an easy way to make your kids room look awesome

 I painted the red stripes first with 2 coats using a 1″ paint brush. Immediately pull the tape off, do not wait for it to dry or you may peel your paint off.Here's how to paint a ceiling fan for an easy way to make your kids room look awesome
Repeat this process for any other color stripes you want to add. 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's how to paint a ceiling fan for an easy way to make your kids room look awesome
 I love how it turned out and it matches the stripe we put on his walls. When it’s on it looks really cool with the stripes whirling around.Here's how to paint a ceiling fan for an easy way to make your kids room look awesome

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.How to paint accessories, ceiling fans, curtains and walls to create a themed room for tweens


20 Responses

  1. Kevin Nguyen says:
    Hey KELLEY WILSON, you doing great job.Looking good. You never disappoint! Great to have helpers too.
  2. 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?
    1. 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
  3. Michele Reynolds says:
    Really cool idea! Pinned to my beachy board:) I posted DIY Doily Jacket to this weeks parties! Stop over
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Thanks Michele, your doily jacket sounds really cute.
  4. 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,
  5. 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!
  6. Jill @ Create.Craft. says:
    That looks awesome, Kelley! I love the colors you chose! Love the pic of the fan moving!
  7. Meredith @ Wait Til says:
    So fun for a kid room. I bet it looks awesome while it's on too :o)
  8. Chelsea @ Making Hom says:
    So clever! What a great way to update a ceiling fan!!
  9. 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. :)
  10. M.J. Powell says:
    How fun! Love the way it looks on. The Busy Bee's,Myrna and Joye.
  11. Anonymous says:
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  12. Claire @ A Little Cl says:
    (oops sorry I left an "e" out of your name!! ) :)
    1. Miss Information says:
      LOL It's OK I am used to it, and thanks for pinning!
  13. Claire @ A Little Cl says:
    Kelly I LOVE this!!! Pinning it. :)
  14. Parking Paris says:
    It looks much better when it’s rotating and I’ll surely do this to the ceiling fan of my kid’s room.
    1. Miss Information says:
      It really is fun to watch although my hubby says it makes him dizzy LOL
  15. QuirkyKim says:
    How very cool, Kelly! I cannot wait to share your post on Pinterest!

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