How to update an old Fan

Sometimes it’s the littlest things than can really perk up your room.  I inherited this old fan when I got married and am pretty sure this fan was used by my husband’s family years ago!  Today, I am sharing How to Update an old Fan.
 
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Please welcome our high tech cool down devise, the very outdated but now highly Updated Gold Fan!

This fan had been sitting in our bedroom and it was dusty and gross and old.

Updated Old Fan, Delineate Your Dwelling #gold #fan #update

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I decided it needed some cleaning up and while I was cleaning, thought… I could totally paint this guy and make him nice to look at!  So, I did.
supply list
Rustoleum Gold Spray Paint \ Screw Driver \ Aluminum Foil \ Flat White Spray Paint

First, I took off the front face and wrapped the remainder of the fan and cord in aluminum foil.

Updated Old Fan, Delineate Your Dwelling #gold #fan #update
I gave the fan cage a few coats of my very favorite gold spray paint.  I wanted to paint the fan blades, too but I couldn’t get them to come off easily.
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Next, I unwrapped the fan base and wrapped the fan cage.  I had to wait until it was completely dry, so there were a few hours of in-between time here.

I used a flat white spray paint for the fan base and although it’s hard to tell a huge difference in the picture, I love how it turned out.  I painted the ugly brown stripes, the logo, the high/low button, all of it.

Then, I covered the whole fan and gave the paint some gold love.  It went from dark gray to a bronze gold color.

Updated Old Fan, Delineate Your Dwelling #gold #fan #update
A few simple screws to reassemble and he was done!

Updated Old Fan, Delineate Your Dwelling #gold #fan #update
Clean, simple and oh so much better now.
Updated Old Fan, Delineate Your Dwelling #gold #fan #update
Updated Old Fan, Delineate Your Dwelling #gold #fan #update

As I said, sometimes its the simple things that bring us joy and this simple fan is now my fave.

47 thoughts on “How to update an old Fan

  1. I love gold paint! But I’ve not had much luck with it staying gold looking.
    Exactly what kind of gold paint did you use? I’m very excited about painting two small desk fans that have rust spots. You are one clever crafter! Can’t wait for more ideas from you!! <3

    1. Sandra: Oh my very favorite gold paint is Rustoleum! I use it on all of my projects and haven’t had any issue. I’ve added a link in the post for your ease.

  2. I loved this DIY so much that I went out to Goodwill a week later and found an older Lasko fan. It rotates and purrs beautifully. I cannot wait to paint it up.

    Thanks for the idea!
    Jocellyn

  3. Wonderful updo! I have a Sanyo fan similar to that one (It has four buttons instead of the switch) and I’ve run it every night for the white noise over 30 years. I’ve never had any appliance so dependable. I love what you’ve done with yours. With mine, if you turn the knob holding the blades on to the right (not the left) they come off. I’m not going to paint mine,
    I’m too attached to it the way it is.

  4. Looks great! Vintage yet modern. I seen this and kinda had a Duh moment…why did’t I think of that. I pinned this to our talent board on DIY Sunday Showcase! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Shelly
    minettesmaze.blogspot.com

    1. Debbie, yes the base was plastic and I just used a flat white interior spray paint. I’ve not had any problems with it scratching off but I’ve not really tried to scratch it off either.

  5. This is a beautiful transformation. And thanks for the desert education, I had no idea 🙂 Thanks for linking up to the Pinterest Link Party, I’ll be featuring you tomorrow and hope you’ll come by and link up again.

  6. I agree, the simple things can bring us joy. What a lovely fan you have and the gold spray paint on it makes it look stunning! Paint is such a wonderful friend. 🙂 And, THANK YOU so very much for showing your tin foil trick. I had a ‘duh’ moment. lol Totally going to use tin foil now instead of tons of masking tape for certain projects. 😉

  7. Fantastic! I have a boring white fan at my desk at work, I am going to bring it home and transform it to someone awesome! Thanks for sharing….

  8. Oh, my gosh, you have to ADD moisture to your home!?! We try as hard as we can to get rid of it – would you like some of ours? I would have ditched the fan – you made it look amazing with the spray paint makeover.

    1. I know, Donna! We desperately wants even a little bit of humidity and moisture in our house!! I’m from the midwest and lived on the east coast for a year… I would have never guessed I’d be craving humidity, ha!

  9. Amy, this is a fabulous facelift for an outdated fan. I’m going to dig ours out of the garage and paint it! Thank you for a great post!

    Val @ artsybuildinglady.blogspot.ca

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