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EnginerdLisa
« on: September 06, 2009 12:53:13 PM »

Ok.  So my mom works at Lowes and always has her eyes open for things I need that are cheap.  She got me this ceiling fan, I was actually less than thrilled about it because it was all white, even the metal, and I have said multiple times that I wanted one that would match the rest of the metal in the kitchen.  But since it was $15 I got over it and grabbed my spray paint, plaster, and left over latex wall paint and here is what I got. 



Close up of spray painted metal part


Close up of stenciling - done by mixing the paint I used on the walls with plaster to create a paste to get a dimensional effect


Pics of my kitchen for reference

Existing light fixture


Back splash - spray painted textured wall paper


Painted cabinets with new hardware
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2009 01:05:05 PM »

You made it fit right in!  I used to have a mother-in-law that worked for Lowe's and I am very familiar with getting something cheap that is not what you wanted, but you can make it so.  I'm curious if there's any change in the balance of it while spinning due to having added weight to the blades? 
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2009 01:07:08 PM »

No, it works fine, the plaster stuff is just the stuff to fill holes it is super light, and it is only applied about 1/4" thick.
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2009 02:17:30 PM »

Ahhh, like light-weight spackle? 
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2009 02:26:25 PM »

yes, spackle (that's the word I was trying to think of)!
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2009 02:34:54 PM »

Gotcha. Very clever use of basic DIY supplies there lady!
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2009 02:36:01 PM »

You did an awesome job!
Looks very cool.
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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2009 04:31:53 PM »

Great job! I love the custom look.
I dont have a boring whtie fan, but I do have an ugly old wood & rattan fan (with the tulip lights!) in the livingroom that could use an overhaul.  You have inspired me Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2009 07:26:52 PM »

Looks very nice. We have the same light fixtures. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2009 08:59:12 PM »

Your fan is beautiful! And I think spray painting textured wallpaper for a backsplash is just about the most brilliant idea I ever heard. Great work!!
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