Our guest bedroom makeover continues with a easy fan update. Let’s take a look at the space to see what we started off with…
The room was all the same color of boring brown. And being a girl that loves all sorts of chocolate and tan, it is really something to say that this space did not strike a cord with me. Not only was the color pallette falling flat but the walls were desperately seeking a coat of paint, the bedding was oh-so-1990’s and the furniture fit worse than Mariah Carey’s dresses.
First thing we did in this makeover was to tackle the bedding. It’s always a good idea to pick your linens and upholstery first when redoing a room…that way, paint can be easily matched to undertones and you won’t feel the need to search high and low for that perfect shade of blue or green or whatever in your fabrics. Luckily for us, we chose a very basic hotel style bedding that is versatile enough for any complimentary color. In this case, we decided that the accent color would be RED.
Then we decided that it was time to tackle the walls. And boy did they need it. Armed with sandpaper, the messy walls were smoothed out and the painting process began. We decided on the hue of Dusty Trail because it was neutral and we already had quite a few rooms downstairs in that hue. Now our home’s overall color palette was simpler and easy to remember.
Time to update the lighting situation. Before the overhead light was dim and small (identical to the one formally in our nursery – pictured below). It didn’t provide much light or circulation due to it’s undersized fan blades and single bulb. We realize that fans aren’t usually the most beautiful thing in a room (personally I would love to hang a chandelier in here) but since this room wasn’t necessarily about us but our guests’ comfort, we decided that an overhead fan was definitely the way to go.
We set off to our local home improvement store to see what options were available. Our decision was based on what we decided was our priority list:
- Size : definitely needed a full-sized fan
- Price : cheapest option possible
- Multiple sockets: more than one light…at least three
- Fan blades : blades with the dark rich chocolate color
The fan that we ended up choosing had three outta four of our priority list items…the only one left out was the fan blade colors but after a cartoon lightbulb over the head type moment, I knew that I could find a cheap solution for that. When we got home, Jeremy got to work unpacking everything and preparing to replace the dinky little light with our el cheapo full sized version.
When replacing any light fixture you want to first shut down the power. OTHERWISE YOU WILL DIE. Shocking, I know 🙂 Seriously…shut off the power and then double check it with a handheld voltage tester. Using a screwdriver or twisting the unit usually allows the light fixture to be lowered off the ceiling.
After you lower the light fixture you should see two sets of wires…one black and one white. The black wire from the ceiling is connected to the black wire from the fixture. Same with the white wires.
Once you double check that the light fixture does NOT have juice flowing through, it is time to disconnect by unscrewing those electrical caps holding the wires together. Then you can fully remove the old light fixture. Attaching the new one is usually as simple as attaching black to black, white to white and then affixing the light to the electrical box. Note that if your fixture weighs more than 50 pounds you will need to secure it independently of the electrical box.
So how did we accomplish the last item on our priority list – dark fan blades? Well, since the fan blades that came with the fixture were double sided, we already had two options…cherry and walnut…but neither of them were very dark. That’s when I decided to use PolyShades curtesy of True Value to apply a few coats of glossy stain.
After a single coat the color was dramatically changed. I was finally satisfied with the color after five coats.
Now for the finished product:
Pretty shiny huh? Yeah…I don’t mind. If you were going to do this and wanted a less shiny blade, you could always use satin Polyshades. What I really love is that rich chocolate color. Yum. Seriously. If I could em chop up and bake them into cookies, I would try. Granted the polyuerathane might char a little 🙂
Anyhoo, that is how we switched out the old light fixture for something a little newer. Have you updated any light fixtures lately? What about fans? Did you choose a regular four light fixture fan like us or did you get a fan with the infamous ‘boob’ light? We actually have a fan with a boobie light in our master bedroom. Which sounds really strange if you say it outloud.
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