Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan

If you read a lot of DIY or decorating blogs you probably know that most design minded people hate two types of lights – the boob light and the ceiling fan. I think that every single light in our new house was a boob light or a ceiling fan, and while we are working to replace a lot of them, some are going to stay. The thing is, I don’t know how you can sleep in the south without a fan! Yes, we have AC, but sometimes (like right about now) you need that cool breeze at night.

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Some of the fans in the house need to eventually be replaced – A lot of them don’t have light kits, which just isn’t practical. However, the one in our bedroom really isn’t that bad. It works, has 4 lights, is solid white, and totally unoffensive. I knew that with a couple of tweaks I could make it great.

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

The first thing that I wanted to replace was the pull chains. For some reason the pull chains are brass! The part that connects to the fan is silver/chrome, but the end is brass. I guess that the ones that came with it were too short and the previous owner swapped in some pulls from another fan?

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston CraftedUpdating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

That’s just a guess. I ordered these pulls via Amazon Prime (so addicted!) They are slightly silly because the bulb side is for the light and the fan for the fan, but they are chrome and white and I think rather neutral looking from afar. Plus I can never remember which one is the fan and which is the light so this is dummy-proof.

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

I also wanted to update the marbled-glass light shade covers with something more current. I chose seeded glass covers to tie in with the seeded glass knobs and light fixtures in the bathrooms (a reveal is coming soon, I promise! I just want to get all of the accessories in place first!)

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Plus I really love the spray of light the seeds in the glass put off on the ceiling when it’s lit!

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

I love the final look and love that it was a super inexpensive way to make this functional fan more our style.

I want to hear how you feel about ceiling fans!

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2 thoughts on “Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan

  1. It’s amazing how small changes make a big difference! We don’t have any ceiling fans in our house, but we make do with floor fans around the house. I feel like a ceiling fan has a lot more opportunity to be stylish that a floor fan. 🙂

    • ha! I have a floor fan too 🙂 Little to do to help those except try not to stretch the cord halfway across the room all day long. Thanks for stopping by!

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