Master Bedroom Ceiling Fan (bling!)

I revamped my ceiling fan today.

The before and the project:

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Since I couldn’t put a chandelier up there (because I didn’t want to give up a ceiling fan), I had been looking off and on for different ways to dress up the fruit bowl. I finally found a site that used crystal garland to dress up their light fixture.

So, I went to Michaels with a 20% off everything coupon and bought some ‘crystal’ garlands. A couple strands of clear along with a couple strands of the lavender.

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Then I just randomly added pieces of it; weaving it through the holes.

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A couple hours later:

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On the ceiling fan—it doesn’t look like an upside down fruit bowl anymore!

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In the second picture, the lavender beads are a little more visible.

There is still room to add more if I need to but for the most part, it is done.

Because I Rarely like things out of the Box

While I like my new ceiling fan in the master bedroom, I wasn’t too keen on the actual light part.

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I wanted something a little more unique and I think I found it this morning.

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This WAS once a fruit bowl for $10. I took the top ring off so it would fit the ceiling fan without hitting the blades. I think it makes it more unique.

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Master Bedroom Ceiling

I started my ‘accent ceiling’ this long weekend and got a small swatch done.

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The color is Benjamin Moore’s Inspired but 50% less intense.

I knew I wasn’t going to finish this but wanted to get just enough to install my new ceiling fan and repaint the heating vent. Yep, I painted the blades the ceiling color so they won’t be so noticeable. The incandescent lightbulbs that came with cast a yellowy tint so I’ll end up with LEDs in the near future.

I just wanted the tough areas done first and then I’ll cut in and start painting when I need a flooring break.

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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! 

Ceiling Project – Day 2

DEPOPCORNED!

It is done! The second half of the ceiling didn’t take as long despite the fact I had longer breaks today. It was nice that I managed to work rather quickly too because I was getting tired and then realized when I was done, that all I had eaten today was Torchy’s breakfast tacos. (Fueled by Diablo Sauce)

I think it was dustier than the other side. Much of the joint compound or whatever that stuff is didn’t come off in sheets no matter how much I wetted. I didn’t want to risk damaging or gauging a hole out so I knocked down as much of the texture as possible. 

One thing I learned from yesterday was to keep my caulk gun hooked on the ladder. I needed it when the paper tape joining the ceiling to the wall tore. I probably should have used mesh tape but honestly I didn’t have the energy to tape and mud. This is latex caulk and I think I used enough to prevent it from really getting bad. 

The good thing was I was more careful today so there wasn’t a whole lot of gaps. 

Tomorrow is the texture primer paint stuff. I’m hoping it will be sunny so maybe by tomorrow night I could, at the very least, paint the beam the ceiling color so I could mount the fan (which is all painted now). 

Cleaning sucked but it is definitely incentive now to get wood floors. Wood or bamboo. 🙂

I also had to buy more pipe for the shelving idea. I didn’t take into consideration the additional length from using the connectors. No worries though, the stuff I have will be put into use. It was good too, drilling into the Expedit, I found some sort of metal support I’m hoping it won’t be throughout the entire shelf. 

Quick! change of plans! GAH!!!!

So I bought a tower fan for the master bedroom in preparation for the chandelier.

Damn thing isn’t as cool as the ceiling fan.

So, *sigh* I’m going to take the ceiling fan down in the office and hang the new fixture there. The tower will work in that room since I don’t sleep in there.

I’ll probably move that fan into the spare since the spare one is a bit noisy.