The Zebra-fied Ceiling Fan
My daughter is 10, which, in decorating terms, translates to all things hot pink and zebra striped. Judging from the craft stores, this is a known affliction for the preteen crowd. While I draw the line at painting black zebra stripes on the wall (I have no interest in applying three coats of primer two years from now when this fad is over), but I'm fine with some zebra-ish touches. Bedding and curtains are easy, but what about the ceiling fan? The one in her room is probably 10 years older than she is, and definitely looks it's age; what better candidate for some pizzazz?
I've found multiple examples of decorating ceiling fans on the internet (when I say 'the internet' read 'Pinterest'), where the blades have been covered in fabric or paper. I considered going that route, but I'm imagining little folds and creases on the top of the blade, which is only going to make it harder for me to dust without ripping the fabric/paper down. I could probably cut it to the exact size of the blade and trim any edges without folding them over the top, but let's face it, I'm too lazy for that. Lucky for me the blades are already white, and I already have black paint, so I think you can see where I'm going with this.
|Yes, I had dandelion fuzz, it happens.|
|I painted the blades while the cover and brackets were drying.|
Once your paint is dry, and hopefully you haven't lost all your screws, you get to put it all back together again. Put the brackets back on the blades, and remember to put the cover back on first. (You don't want to spend 5 minutes putting the blades back on to have to take them back off to get the cover on.) Truthfully, this was the hardest part. If my daughter didn't have a bunk bed so she was able to hold the blades while I screwed them back in, I would have required my husband to assist on another ladder. As it was, I had her hold the blade I was attaching, and my son gathering the screws I kept dropping. It was an act worthy of a three ring circus, but all told, this entire project only took about an hour.