An 80s Ceiling Fan Gets A Spray Paint Makeover In This Dining Room Remodel
When we bought this apartment, the dining room came with a very 80s green and gold ceiling fan. Instead of replacing it, I decided to update it by giving it a coat of matte black spray paint. And the spray paint makeover result is perfection!
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The Dining Room ‘Before’
The dining room was a dark blue color with dark orange floors, making the space feel dark, cold and cramped. The 1980s style green and gold brass ceiling fan just added to the room’s overall depressing vibe! I could have replaced it by buying a new fan, but I decided to save a hundred+ bucks and just upcycle it instead and give it a spray paint makeover.
Here is the gnarly green ceiling fan in it’s ‘before’ state:
Ok, Let’s Spray This 80s Baby!
To spray paint your fan: Take the fan outside and give it a good cleaning. Take the lightbulbs out and cover where the bulbs screw in with some painters tape. Once the fan is clean and dry, you are ready to paint.
I used Rust-Oleum Flat Black Spray Paint for the job. For this particular spray paint makeover, I wanted a matte, non-shiny finish for the “new” fan, and this spray paint is PERFECT for this. Also, it is a paint and primer in one, so you only need to spray once.
Spray in short movements (not a continuous spray) to make for the best paint coverage. Allow the fan to fully dry before bringing it back inside.
Here is a close-up of the fan with the finished matte back spray paint job. I love how it turned out!
After adding a fresh coat of light greige paint on the walls, and replacing the floors, the new dining room is ready. I am thrilled with the results of the painted ceiling fan – it looks like a brand new fan!
While I was at it, I also spray painted my dining chairs. These vintage schoolhouse chairs were blue when I found them in an alley, (free alley finds are the best!) but the paint was chipping, so they needed to be cleaned up. I sprayed the legs with Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Spray in Gloss, Black and sprayed the seats with Krylon 1020A Premium Copper Metallic . It is important that you use Krylon Premium Copper Metallic spray paint if you want that real copper shine. I’ve used other types that claim to be copper color, but they always ended up looking more like burnt orange! This turned out just how I’d hoped.
I found the old round dining table on Craigslist for $20, sanded it down and spray painted it black and white too.
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Are you going to give your old ceiling fan a spray paint makeover?
Let me know how it goes in the comments! And link to your finished result, I’d love to see it!