ceiling fan drum shade

Ceiling fans serve a very useful purpose, they help circulate air in a room, creating cooling air movement in the summer and forcing downward warm air that rises up toward the ceiling in the winter months.

Not everyone likes ceiling fans however; some think they are dated and clunky, others may not be satisfied with the color scheme, paint finish or some other aspect of the fixture. This week we’d like to share a diy ceiling fan transformation using just white paint and a ceiling fan drum shade.

What to Do With an Old Fashioned Ceiling Fan

Liz over at VeryFondOf.com was fed up of the ceiling fan in her apartment; especially its kitschy gold tone brass accents. After ignoring this affront to her artistic sensibilities for about a year, she decided she had to take action.
Replacing the fixture was out of the question. The only design she loved was priced in the vicinity of $1000, well beyond her grad school student budget. Stuck with no other option, she decided to refurbish her existing ceiling fan.

You can see her dream ceiling fan; her old ugly one and her step by step solution here: http://www.veryfondof.com/2011/09/fan-facelift.html


First, she removed the light bulbs and shades from the existing lights; her ultimate goal being to reach the gold/brass fittings on the fan itself in order to spray paint them.

Liz chose Rustoleum’s All Surface spray paint in pure white glossy finish to achieve the effect she was after.

Once the bulbs and shades had been removed, Liz set about unscrewing the fan blades from the garish metal brackets that secured them in place. At the same time she removed the chain pulls and exposed the fan’s base. Unable to remove this last bit of brass, she masked off all other parts of the fan housing using newspaper and painters tape. Aware of the propensity of spray paint to drift through the air and land on everything, she made sure to protect the floor, walls and other surfaces below before proceeding to spray paint the brass fitting.

Liz applied three coats of the spray paint, allowing each layer to dry for about fifteen minutes before adding the next. While she waited for the fan housing to dry, she painted the brass blade brackets and fashioned a one piece shade replacement out of a drum lampshade, some white polka dot fabric and white grosgrain ribbon.

She discarded the old glass shades and the ball chain pulls, replacing the latter with pulls of her own devising constructed from fishing line and white plastic beads.

After the paint dried completely, Liz reassembled the fan brackets and blades and reattached them to the fan motor housing. The drum lampshade cross bar eyelet fit perfectly over the protective housing on the fan power switch pull attachment and secured the drum lampshade in place.

The ceiling fan drum lampshade effectively hid the intrusive CFL bulbs and concentrated the light emitted from the fixture downward while at the same time diffusing the glare from the bulbs.

An elegant new look, for the price of a can of paint, a drum lampshade, a bit of fabric, ribbon, fishing line and plastic beads!

You can’t go far wrong with keeping everything white but we think the addition of the ceiling fan drum shade is what really improves the look.

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