Genius Colorful Fan Makeover

By: Diy maven Aug 17, 2011

created at: 08/17/2011

Okay peeps, alert the media, because this makeover is genius. Genius, I say! (It also makes me wanna smack my head and ask myself why I didn't think of it on my own.) Check it out, a cheap-o Hawaiian Breeze fan went from boring to brilliant with the help of a can of spray paint. 

created at: 08/17/2011

If pink puts you off, check it out in a bronze finish. Certainly does have that Pottery Barn feel. 

created at: 08/17/2011

For more info about this project, follow this jump. And check out the inspiration for it at Better After

Note to self: Fans are on sale this time of year. Buy one and do this to it. 

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I love your tutorial, I featured it on my blog in a roundup on DIY home decoration.
I hope it's okay with you. (:

Do you know the brand/color name of the spray paint? I have been looking everywhere for a salmon pink colored spray paint and havent had any luck.

Mine is plastic  but blades are metal, does it matter??  I love the pink one, have to do this, and can spray something to match it, like you did!  What a great idea, and I have spray painted before, to  update something.  Just woried it will come off when washed (I live on a city street, lost of grime and dust, even throught the screens, so have to clean the fan frequenty, take it apart and clean it, so I know how to put it back together. 

If the material of the fan is plastic, does the ink works on it ? Which kind I can use for painting, mine is of plastic.
Great idea! Lots of bang for little buck.

Wow! That has set me going. I'm definitely doing this for my room!

Was just telling my husband today that I wanted to do this. Did you cover the motor before painting?
Love it may try cleaning up my 70's peasoup green fan in brushed nickel and red!

Just a thought - if it is plastic, there is primer to use on plastic, then you can use any paint. (The primer comes in a spray.) That would reduce chances of it chipping off when cleaned.


I really love this...My question would be about cleaning. I have to take my fans apart and scrub them with a degreaser a couple of times a year to get all the dust and dirt build-up off. I'm thinking the spraypaint might not hold up to any kind of abrasive or heavy cleaning. Thoughts?

Hi, I love the idea of spray-painting a plain white fan! I hope it's ok, I used the image of the pink fan in a blog post. The picture redirects to this blog post :) Here is the post URL:



AMAZING idea. I have an old fan in my kitchen. My accent color in the kitchen is RED, guess what color I'll be using on my fan? You win the prize, if you guessed red that is...LOL Thanks for the MARVEY POO idea.


Love it! The pink does not put me off it makes me want to do it even more! All my fans will now be painted pink, even the one in the garage!

This is a total "well, duh!" project, but my gosh, I never would have thought of it!! I love it! AND I have the exact same boring, ugly fan sitting on my dresser right's gonna change color today!

@anon--you can find great spray paint these days made especially for plastic. I say go for it!

Does it have to be a meatal fan or could it be one of the plastic ones? I have one of the big plastic ones and my husband keeps it running 24/7 and it's just horrible looking!! would love to do the bronze!!

luv it! but does it smell like paint when you turn it on?

That Kate is just so clever!  Love her style!

thats awesome - so simple and effective!

WOAA I love this!! Love the after! How creative. 


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