And also, I have the best. husband. ever. Such a great husband that at almost-midnight last night when I'd finished the fan and it was ready for hanging - he kindly stayed up and helped me hang it (aka hung it because I don't want to climb up high ladder with heavy fan) so I could have the satisfaction of finishing! And I loooove it. It really looks like a new fan, but cost just $40!
I couldn't stop gloating over its gorgeous wood and dark metal last night.
Yes I still have to caulk that beam...but I couldn't wait to share about the fan!
All in all it was a pretty fun and simple project. I took the fan apart, taking lots of photos to remember how everything went, spraypainted the metal to Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze (of COURSE), and sanded/stained/sealed the wood blades:
The blades were MDF, painted white on one side and had some kind of faux-wood finish on the other side, but when I sanded those off it turned out that each side has a nice thin layer of wood that could be stained! So I just sanded carefully so I didn't sand *through* that layer, and it worked great. I love the somewhat-irregular look of true wood grain so much more than the fake-wood finish. Ahh.
We went to Lowes to figure out what we could use to replace the light - turns out the light part of a ceiling fan can be replaced separately, and is called a "ceiling fan light kit". We didn't really like the selection at Lowes and Home Depot, so I hopped online with my new knowledge and looked for a "ceiling fan light kit" and found one that we liked, for $32.99+free shipping on ebay.
I learned this year that people call those lights that come down with a point on the end 'boob lights' - haha - so we picked one without as pointy a tip; apparently those are trending right now. I like the modern look of it.
Yum! Seriously, who knew it could be this easy?! I am giving suggestive glances to the fan in our bedroom now...perhaps it should be next...?
We can hardly believe it's the same fan! And total cost = $32.99 for light + $7 for ORB spraypaint. Score.