10/1/12

How to DIY a Retro Fan.


The summer heat brought on a new want for a fancy fan. A vintage fan to be exact. I posted on the topic of fans, spinning right round, back in July, remember? After browsing and ogling over photos on Etsy and other sites, I determined that a pretty fan was not something that fell into the "splurge" category of life. So all summer long we continued to use our "Hawaiian Breeze" fan, which was really more like a dusty white thing that I had a love hate relationship with. Love when it was cooling me down. Hate when it stood motionless always catching grey clumpy dust. Hawaiian Breeze and I finally came to a breaking point. It was time for a makeover. A colorful retro-like makeover. During a trip to Home Depot, and browsing spray paint colors as one often does, I decided that this was the perfect solution to my doughty fan. I purchased two cans of spray paint and the rest was history. For a total of $7.50, I was able to get my fancy fan.



Prep the fan for painting 1. Use a dry dusting rag and/or a shop vac to clean the fan. Make sure all dust is removed, or else the paint will not have the right finish. Elbow grease recommended 2. Disassemble the fan parts. Create an array of bits and pieces. Unscrew every last bit. This way your hardware and plastic parts are separated out, giving you the option to paint what you want how you want it (I left my screws and hardware in their metallic state, forgoing their first considered spray painted fate) 3. Using electrical tape and a plastic bag, cover the fan motor (to protect it!). Tape and cover the cord. Also be sure to cover any piece that is threaded (..the parts that turn in place to keep the fan together. If paint gets on them, it could effect how they screw together in the end). 



Spray Painting the Fan 1. Lay the pieces out on your drop cloth 2. Apply the first coat of spray paint. For  a smooth application, hold the can of spray paint equal distance from the piece you are painting and move in a left to right, right to left fashion TIP: Be sure that the coat on the fan blade is not too too heavy. This is the piece that actually needs to be in motion, so the lighter the better. (I was clever and bought a metallic paint that needed to be thicker than the normal gloss to achieve the rose copper look I wanted. Smart move. Hopefully it works out and my fan blade doesn't come to a hault!) 3. Allow the coat to dry for a few hours or over night 4. Rotate / Flip over the fan pieces and repeat the spray painting process on the opposite sides 5.  Allow the time to dry and check once more for touch up painting 6. Take plastic bags and tape off protected pieces once everything is dry. TIP: To keep your paint cans from getting clogged and dried in the spraying tip in between paint applications, hold your can upside down and press the nozzle. Be sure to hold aiming away from you as paint will spew out. Keep holding down the nozzle until nothing more comes out. This will take care of any clogs and keep your spray paint nice, neat, and ready to go for next time.



Putting the fan back together   If you were the one who took it apart, reassembling the fan shouldn't be too tricky. Simply use the same screw drivers and think of it like a puzzle. And get ready for your newly made over beauty! I was just so giddy at this point in the process that I had Matt help with the reassembly while I excitedly got ready to plug her in and test her out. No longer a dusty Hawaiian Breeze, my new fancy fan is stunning! I know summer is over, but there has to be a few more hot days in store, right? Even when not in motion, this fan brings color pop and style to any room in our house. I'm going to keep a look out for another fan on sale or cheap at a thrift store. I would love to make a bright yellow fan that I can use for next summer!

5 comments:

  1. What a cool project....I love the colbalt blue color and the brass blades!!! You tow are such a great team!!! I definitely think yellow would be a fun addition. Thank you for sharing!!!

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    1. You should share this with Elise! I bet she would paint a sea foam fan for her beachy like room :)

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  2. How fun is this! Super Cool-i-o girl!! Love the quick added fun touch!

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    1. Thank you, Jen! Feel free to pass this idea on to your readers! Everyone has a fan! Super easy too :)

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  3. I love that fan color, what a difference a can of paint makes. I hope it hasn't been as hot there has it has been the last few days here. Thanks for sharing with us. XOXO

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