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Ceiling Fan Painting – Make it Fun!

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Striped Ceiling Fan

This fan was in my oldest daughter, Kelly’s room.  Her room is nothing but a museum right now, a testament to who she was and aspired to be.  She is 22, graduated from college and not living at home anymore.  I went into the room the other day and happened to look up.  I smiled as I remember painting the fan with stripes when we first moved in.  This was a project that was included in my book, Instant Decorating. Here are a couple more projects from my book if you are interested.

*I have done another detailed post about painting ceiling fans here.

Ceiling fan painting is one easy way to add color to where it is most often neglected – on the ceiling.  Ceiling fans are wonderful to help the air circulate, but can be eyesores when they don’t fit into the decorating scheme.

When we moved into a previous home and my daughters were little, there was a dark-brown ceiling fan with antique brass fittings in each room. We couldn’t afford to replace them at the time, so to make them look less obvious, I painted each white to blend in with the ceiling.

When I was decorating their room with a color theme, I continued the palette by painting each blade in a different color of decorative stripes.  When we moved into our current house, my oldest, Kelly wanted her new out of the box white fan, painted with the stripes again.  I happily obliged.

Fun Kids Room Ceiling Fan

Kelly liked lots of color in her room as you can see from the neon green walls with the the colorful border of equestrian event ribbons she won.

How to Paint Stripes on a Ceiling Fan

Kids Room DIY Decorating Ideas

supplies needed:

  • Ceiling fan with white blades
  • Pencil
  • Roll of 1-inch-wide masking tape
  • 5 colors of 2-ounce bottles acrylic paints , one color for each blade
  • 1-inch foam paint brush
  • Water-based sealer

1. Remove fan blades from fan and clean thoroughly.

2.  Starting from metal ornamental edge, use a pencil to make marks at 1-inch intervals along both edges of the blade.  Repeat on all blades.

3.  Place first piece of tape between first and second marks and around sides of blade.  Then place tape at every other mark.  The tip should have masking tape over it.  Repeat on all blades.

4.  Paint fan blade with two to three thin coats of acrylic paint in unmasked areas, remembering to paint sides of the blades.  Let dry between coats.  Repeat with a different color on each blade. Let dry.

5.  Remove tape.  Brush one to two coats of water-based sealer on entire surface and side edges of blades.  Let dry.  Put blades back on fan.

Painted stripes on plain white ceiling fan


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  1. Hello!
    I found your blog through “Fingerprints on the Fridge”. I love, love, love this fan!This is an absolutely adorable idea!!! My daughter and I are re-doing her room this summer…so going to try this!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is so fun! I bet that is really cool when it’s turned on. How perfect for a kids room. Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  3. I have been looking for months for a new ceiling fan for my daughters room. In all this time I have not thought one time to paint the thing!! What a great idea. Love the colors you picked. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Have a great day!

    1. Hi Maridith –
      It makes it so worth it – to blog and post my ideas when I can inspire readers. Your comment made my day. Painting the ceiling fan with stripes is just one way, you could use stencils, create polda dots – it’s endless. With paint, you can always change your color choices on a whim without it costing a lot. Thanks for the comment.

      My best- Diane

      1. Nice color! Can the fan motor be damaged by spraying paint into the motor housing assembly? Wouldn’t it be better to remove the motor first?

        Thanks for sharing!