24th Jan2012

Spray Painted Fan

by Dinah Wulf
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Living in warm sunny California my husband and I always use a fan. It’s much cheaper than running the air conditioning all the time. There’s only one problem.  The fan we have is ugly. It’s your typical plain white plastic oscillating fan.

Here’s a before picture.

I decided to try and spray paint it.  As many DIY’ers do, I happen to have spray paint in my garage. So, this project cost me zero dollars…yay!

The first thing I did was take it apart.  This is the point where I realized how disgustingly dirty it was! Embarrassing! I gave the fan and motor a good cleaning and soaked all the plastic parts in soapy water.

Next, I taped the cord and put the motor in a plastic Ziploc bag.

I coiled the cord and taped it under the base.

I decided on using metallic silver and matte black spray paint. I used a large cardboard box outside in a well-ventilated area away from the baby and the dogs for this spray painted fan project. Don’t forget to spray both front and back of each part. Also, use a pair of latex gloves…less messy!

Now that all the parts were painted, I put it back all together. Be careful, because the spray paint is easily scratched on plastic.

Here are some after photos! I’m pretty happy with the results!

For your spray painted fan project, consider painting a fun pink or blue for a kid’s room. The color combos are endless!

How to Spray Paint Any Fan


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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, a creative blog promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, Real Simple Lifestyler, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Angie's List, Fix.com, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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