Small, but mighty. That’s how I think of our latest DIY home improvement project. Many things in our 1927 Cape Cod look great, but underneath are rife with issues, malfunction, and problems. It figures that the one thing I wasn’t crazy about cosmetically works perfectly – our master bedroom ceiling fan.
Look familiar? Yeah, I’m pretty sure every home in America has sported one of these puppies at one point in time in its history. Despite its homely appearance, the lights work and the fan is silent and solid. Unfortunately, it is what I stare up at every night as I’m falling asleep, mismatching candle flame bulbs and all.
Recently, the last of the three random bulbs burnt out, so while replacing them I decided to see what I could do to freshen up the whole fixture – all while spending as close to $0 as possible!
You may notice something else in this picture that needed attention on this fixture besides burnt out bulbs…
Hmmm, have I ever cleaned those blades? I’m hoping if nothing else that this makes you feel really good about your own cleaning habits if you’ve EVER thought to wipe down your fan blades. Some things just never cross my mind!
Removing the bulb shades and fan blades required only a basic screwdriver and the arm strength of a world-class french braider (which I just recently learned to do, but barely have the strength to hold my arms over my head for that long). Let’s just say I did it in shifts.
To clean off the shades, blades and rest of the fixture, I used a simple, non-toxic, all-purpose cleaning spray that I threw together using just water and essential oils. I can’t remember the exact blend of oils, but I know wild orange oil and melaleuca oil were involved because of their fantastic cleaning properties. It smells so fresh and clean!
Can you guess which one I’ve cleaned so far? 😉
Everyone loves a good before and after! One of the best parts was that in cleaning the blades, I realized I could flip them upside down to a plain wood grain side FOR FREE and get a little cleaner look than the wicker combo I was rocking before. When I was out grabbing new (modern looking, LED) lightbulbs, I also found new lightbulb shades that were $8 each. Score!
Ta-da! Only one afternoon of work and I feel like I was able to un-age this fixture by at least 20 years. Oh, and it’s clean. That’s a big plus too.
The donut lightbulbs may be my favorite part. It always helps my dreams to fall asleep looking at something that reminds me of such a happy food. 😀 And one last before and after:
Did you know fan blades are usually reversible? How many of you have this exact ceiling fan in your house just waiting for a little refresh?