How to update an old Fan

INSIDE : Learn how to take an old oscillating fan and give it a fresh new modern look.  Tips for how to update an old fan that you’ll want to keep in your home forever!
Gold Old Fan
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Sometimes it is 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 for numerous years!  Today, I am sharing How to Update an old Fan and give it a new look and feel.

Are you ready?  Please welcome our super hightech – cool down devise… the very outdated but now highly Updated Gold Fan!

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

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

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.

What supplies do I need to update an old fan?

How can you easily update an old fan?

First, I took off the front face of the fan and wrapped the inside parts and remainder of the fan base and cord in aluminum foil to protect it from spray paint.

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I gave the fan cage a few coats of my very favorite gold spray paint.  I had wanted to paint the fan blades, also but I could not get them to come off easily.

Next, I unwrapped the fan base and then wrapped the fan cage with my aluminum foil.  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 is 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.

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

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

A few simple screws to reassemble and he was done!  This fan now looks clean, simple and oh so much better.

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


50 thoughts on “How to update an old Fan

  1. I PROMISE you that i am doing this within the week. I have three metal , black fans that i use all the time and they are going to be silver, and gold and ??? the other one. Never thought of this. You are a genius. I cant wait.

    1. Oh so fun, Victoria! I’d love to see pictures of how they turn out. I used my fan for a few more years and finally it just completely stopped working. But oh I loved it’s new clean modern look!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!


    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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. 😉

  8. What a great idea! I have an old fan laying around that would be perfect for this!

    Thanks for linking up with the Caffeinated Crafters link party!

  9. 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….

  10. 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!

    1. I got 3 really old fans ‘vintage” form grandma when she passed away. I thought they were so much more appealing than the new techno one’s, so I kept them. But wait!!! A way to love the look & vintage style & also give them a little newly done “WOW” Now that’s my next project. Thanks for such wonderful inspiration & a way to keep grandma’s fan’s going through another generation!

  11. 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 @

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