24 Weeks: Fannnntastic

May 14, 2012


Deal with fan

Yay – another task removed from the to-do list!!!



Fan (1)

My thought process here involved lots of options:

1) Replace fan totally with a light fixture (something like this)

2) Then I decided to keep the fan because of the air flow benefits.

3) Paint the fan a funky color or design

4) But in this post, I thought maybe of just keeping it brown to match the bed.

5) I started to look for replacement shades instead of the dirty metal ones. But most fan shades are not cloth and are dated ceramic (and expensive!)

6) I washed the metal ones with Shaklee and found the rust gunk to come out – good as new.

7) Then I moved the bed, so the matching brown was no longer visual and the fan became even more of an eye sore.

8) I decided the silvery metal would look more modern against white. And the fan would blend into the ceiling better. It’s really a pretty new/modern fan.

9) PAINT THE FAN attempt…

A final before –


I didn’t quite know how the blades would come off, but it ended up being pretty easy. I was THRILLED that the silver horseshoe shaped pieces stayed so I only had to paint the actual blades without any taping!

Fan (9)

Just involved a drill and some strong hands to un-stick the blades

Fan (11)

Dirty brown.

Fan (12)

Paint of choice picked up by Matt at Lowes

Fan (15)

Drop cloth to protect screens [old basement curtains]

Fan (13)

I did my best to mask the spray from my breathing and worked quickly. Coat #1

Fan (16)

Matt ended up doing coat #2 because the spray was more in the air than I liked.

Fan (14)

I did have to do a final coat on the edges in the morning. But luckily because fans are high up I only had to paint one side!

Fan (17)

And in a matter of 24 hours…

Fan (2)

We had a modernization! The metal looks refreshed and the fan blends much better with the ceiling!

Fan (3)

Power on –

Fan (4)

The white blades melt away when the fan is running

Fan (5)

Very very happy with this transformation that ended up costing only a can of spray paint!

Fan (18)

Before + after

Eyesore Fan (1)

Note that I also swapped out the paintings. My grandmother’s Adam + Eve on the far wall

Fan (6)

And animals over the changing table. I think the scales work a bit better.

Fan (7)

I think that takes care of the last of the nursery décor. [At least during the newborn stages.] Now we just have to fill it with baby stuff!


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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Molly @ RDexposed May 14, 2012 at 8:09 am

I like your opting for a subtle/cheap fixture! Teaching baby money saving tips already!


2 Reghan May 14, 2012 at 8:17 am

It looks great! I love how it blends in now and doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb.
I love that we started the nursery early too because it’s fun to tweak stuff and move stuff around until you get it just how you want it 🙂


3 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles May 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

YAY! The white turned out great! I’m sure you won’t regret the decision to keep up the fan- now especially! Plus, I hear that we are recommended to keep a fan on the baby while baby sleeps to keep SIDs rates down…… Anyway- very modern and cute! 🙂


4 Jennifer May 14, 2012 at 8:55 am

I never noticed the fan until this post and wow…..the white looks so much better. Your eyes aren’t immediately drawn up to the brown fan. Good job!! 🙂 I’m glad it went so easy, too.


5 The Robertsons of Mumbai May 14, 2012 at 9:07 am

Due to a very busy past 6 months with work, I had stopped 99.99% of my blog reading, so imagine my surprise to learn that you are pregnant! This is a special delight because I am pregnant with my first child myself (15 weeks)! I look forward to catching up on your posts!

Fan looks waaaaaaay better, in my opinion! Amazing what a simple can of paint can do! I am currently strugling with whether to go with a white or dark wood scheme myself, due to the fact that our existing furnitue is dark wood. Seems that all the cute baby furniture is white, though!


6 KERF May 14, 2012 at 9:23 am

Welcome back!


7 KERF May 14, 2012 at 9:30 am



8 lindsay @ prettylittleparadise May 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

i LOVE the transformation!! the white looks really crisp and clean— just how i like it! great job… all for under $5 🙂


9 Mary May 14, 2012 at 9:40 am

Great DIY project! I am nine weeks further along than you but I also find myself looking/doing more creative projects around the house and nursery. We are going this week to get our crib and this weekend is our baby shower! So overwhelming to leave things for the end but so far a lot has gotten done. Since there is no crib and stuff, I have everything I have ordered thus far in their boxes still so I am very much looking forward to after the shower where I can unpack it all!

I am not sure if you ever mentioned anything about a shower (I didn’t start following BERF from day one) but are you planning a shower?


10 KERF May 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

My friend is hosting one in Nc in July!


11 Mary May 14, 2012 at 10:17 am

aw, that’s great! Looking forward to seeing pictures! 🙂


12 Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

I love it! I wish I had ceiling fans, my son is obsessed with them. They definitely make a room interesting, like an accessory.


13 Angel7 May 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

I love the fan! At first, when you were wanting suggestions as to what to do about the fan, I thought that leaving it as is was fine. But now that I see it painted, I like it a lot! Great job, Kath & Matt!



14 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

I love the way you updated the fan! It’s perfect!


15 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength May 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

WOW! That looks freaking awesome. Great job mama. 🙂


16 Anna @ On Anna's Plate May 14, 2012 at 11:29 am

It would never occur to me to try to paint our fans– it looks so much brighter with that white! Great job!


17 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

Wow, again, my hat goes off to you for being the master of home renovation and DIY projects! Bravo!


18 KERF May 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

Oh gosh I am by no means a master! I close my eyes and hope things work!


19 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family May 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm

great idea! I love makeover projects. Makes me feel so thrify and crafty! I really like your painting too. Very different.


20 Elizabeth May 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

A friend of mine recently got these as a baby shower gift:
They made me think of your nursery, as well as the chevron one:
So cute!


21 KERF May 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Those are SO cute!


22 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

It really makes a big difference in your room! I second the commenter above about the etsy owl family, we ordered one for our nursery and it is really adorable!! 🙂


23 Erin Motz May 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

What a difference! Nice job!


24 Katy May 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Hey Kath,

Why did you spray paint the fan blades on the porch and not outside?


25 KERF May 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Because it was raining the day I wanted to do it


26 danielle May 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

So you moved the twin bed out of the nursery?


27 KERF May 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

No, it’s just on the other side of the room. See this post: http://www.babykerf.com/20-weeks-rearranged/


28 Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker May 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Nice job, Kath! I love the vibe.


29 Earthy Nicole May 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

Wow, that’s an amazing transformation considering it was just painting the blades! I spray painted a couple small dressers when I was pregnant and didn’t hear the end of it from my husband and mom. Of course I took precautions but when you want to paint a baby item, you WANT PAINT A BABY ITEM! Lol 🙂


30 Hannah @ eat, drink and save money May 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm

So impressed that you painted it yourself. At first glance I thought you bought a new one and I immediately wondered about the cost, so happy to see that you didn’t have to shell out money for a new fan!


31 Katie@Real Food Katie's Way May 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Nicely done! You have an eye for interior design and do it yourself projects!!! I’m more inclined just to go buy something whereas you are SO crafty!


32 Ashley June 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I just found these very cute canvas baskets on etsy while browsing for my own nursery. I thought you might like them. They match your color scheme. : )



p.s. – You look great!


33 KERF June 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

LOVE those!! Registered 🙂


34 Ashley June 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Can I ask you how you registered? I am thinking of registering at multiple stores… How did you register for something on Etsy?


35 KERF June 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I used MyRegistry.com, which lets you add items from all over the internet.


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