Revamp of my Ceiling Fan

Celing Fan is COMPLETE!

This was my master bedroom ceiling fan. It was white and came with those frosted glass, bell shaped shades. I never used those and instead hung a home made, GIGANTIC drum shade to hide the downturn lights. 

As i finished out my office with the chandelier, I ended up switching out the ceiling fan for a smaller one knowing that I’ll end up replacing my current living room fan as I take down popcorn.

The first pic is/was the current fan – part monstrosity, part phallic symbol (?!) and very UGLY. It just brought down the whole room!

I finally took that down and it was a pain in the arse but it will find itself at the Habitat Restore soon. 

Meanwhile, I started to spray paint parts of the newer fan with Rustoleum’s Dark Steel – seriously, it is my go-to color now. My coworker likes their Oil-Rubbed Bronze and I had used it too until I discovered Dark Steel. 

I also thought of an artsy alternative to the stupid shades. My company is doing some renovations in the offices so a lot of office supplies were put in the “Free, Take Me” tables. Remember transparencies and overhead projectors? Totally dating myself but I used some for my idea. 

I borrowed the “marbled nail polish” technique for the clear plastic, opting for bold colors like the oranges and pinks with a little of the blues. I secured them with small brad thingies that are in the scrapbooking section of art stores and formed them into cones. 

After taking down the nasty popcorn and priming it, I painted a patch so I could mount the ceiling fan ASAP. LOL – yes, I’m impatient. 

Being on the fifth step of an 8ft step ladder is S-C-A-R-Y. More-so when one of the wood screws couldn’t go in with my regular drill. I had to use my impact one and the jarring really scared me. Eeps, I started sweating so bad!

I managed to get it up and wired up the downrod. Then made damn sure the thing was secure before adding the canopy. 

The next step was to hook up the wires from the motor part to the downrod. It used these funny connectors and I had to ask my neighbor for a crimping tool. (Thanks Brad!) 

Yeah, some people ask their neighbors for a cup of sugar, I ask for tools. 

Once that was done, I had to maneuver the motor part so it could hook onto the downrod.  

I turned the breaker back on after putting a lightbulb in. 

IT WORKED!

(whew!)

Finally added the fan blades and the rest of the bulbs and shades. 

VIOLA! 

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Chihuly Inspired but with Plastic

All day today, I have been looking at cool ways to update my lighting. I was looking at marbelizing paper to make into lamp shades and stuff like that. 

Then I started thought of using paper thin plastic sheets. That led to shrinky dinks (yes, I’m dating myself). In that search, I saw that #6 plastic could be morphed into more organic shapes. They can also be painted.

Then I thought of Dale Chihuly. I am a HUGE fan ever since I went to the Glass Museum in Tacoma. 

Now I think I create inspired pieces that is cheap and probably fun to make. As potential lighting features, it would (hopefully) look like I spent a mint when I didn’t. 

Chihuly Inspired but with Plastic

Artsy idea for spare room

Instead of the traditional headboard for the spare room, I searched high and low for something different. Had some fun ideas but opted for displaying more pictures in a slightly different way – acrylic. 

These were photos that I took before I moved to Austin. I was at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and this was the ceiling of a bridge designed by Chihuly. 

I found a company online that can do the acrylic photos with the standoff mounting hardware which you can see in the last photo. It looks absolutely awesome but it is a bit spendy. If I get more of my photos done, they’ll be bigger pieces and maybe go on either side of the plasma TV. 

Fun little pieces around the house

It’s been a while since I’ve done some home improvement stuff but I did add some flair recently.

These little guys are from the Turquoise Door on SoCo and I have them randomly through the house.