When we bought our house, this was the only ceiling fan in the house that I really liked. I had mentioned to Trav that I was going to use all chandeliers and take out the ceiling fans in the new house. While he wasn’t excited about it, he was going to let me do that, if that’s what I desired. What a sweet guy! I decided that I liked the look of this fan in our bedroom enough to look for another like it for the living room, just for Trav.
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This existing fan that I liked is an older fan and the name brand of it wasn’t coming up with anything when I searched it.
I did find this other fan with a different name brand. I’m guessing they changed the name and this is the new version. I hung this fan in my son’s room, but wanted to change it up a little for our living room. The photo below shows how it looks in my son’s room. It’s a nice, very large fan!
Before our living room fan was assembled, I sanded all of the blades. I thought that maybe I would ruin it because I didn’t know what was under the finish. It said it was real wood which made me curious enough to sand them down. This is what they looked like before.
I used my orbital sander with 120 grit sandpaper. The wood was very light weight and porous so I wanted to make sure I didn’t damage the wood. 120 grit seemed to be the perfect grit. Can you even believe your eyeballs?! I can’t believe that beautiful wood was under there hiding under all of that faux wood finish!!
There is so much character now! I love all of the natural wood showing!
After I used steel wool to sand, and automotive self etching primer, I used Rustoleum “Metallic Champagne Bronze” spray paint which basically looks like a toned down gold. It’s a beautiful color. I’ve used it many times in the past too.
We went ahead and added a light kit to the fan for more lighting in this room. The light kit works but comes with a plastic bowl like fixture. It was super ugly and cheap, in my opinion.
But that’s OK, we just needed the light kit to add the lighting. I then found a cool vintage glass globe at a thrift store and it worked perfect! I love the details on the glass!
I know it’s still a boob light like fan but at least it’s a vintage boob, haha. I think it turned out pretty cute and I guess if I have to have a fan, I might as well make it look cute.
This still doesn’t make me a fan of fans, but I guess I’ll take this one over others I’ve seen.
Have you ever sanded fan blades? Is this something you would try? We are going to try the light kit and if we feel we don’t use it a lot, we will take it out.