Can anyone identify with the battle of the ugly ceiling fans? I actually have several fans I do not love (Texas summers = ceiling fans, especially upstairs!!), and I have slowly been weeding them out. But let's face it, with all of the other things you need when putting a home together, replacing a ceiling fan can be last on the list. I have used this company several times, and I think they have great products with a price tag around $200 for each fan. But as for me and my library, we have two fans that need to go, so rather than spend $400, we are going to go with what we have for now, with a few, little tweaks to make them look better.
And hey, we have a library! I don't think I have ever mentioned it before, mostly because it has been a storage facility for the last couple of years : ) , and I have been slowly working on it. It sounds maybe more hoity-toity than it is, but here is some back story...Our home was built in 1921 by a family that immigrated here from Germany. The gentleman of the house was an avid reader and collector of books, so he built this library as his special room. You can imagine how important education was to an immigrant in the 1920's, and I'm sure he prided himself in what he accomplished. (moving here, establishing a successful business, etc.) The family who built this house (and lived here for seventy years!) is really interesting, and I hope to share more about them as time goes on.
Anyway, back to the fans...since we weren't going to replace them just yet, I pondered what I could do to make them better. Ceiling fans are so hard because they are practically necessary, but usually not very pretty to look at. Granted, the ones in our library are not terrible, but I prefer fans that are less ornate and do not have lights of any kind. (or shades)
Here's what I did to make our fan a little easier on the eyes...
I'm so sorry I haven't posted this tutorial until now, we have been having some technical difficulties around here!
As I have stated before, I am not the most technologically advanced girl on the planet, though blogging has forced me to learn quite a bit in the past couple of years. Although I hope to get more of a grasp on Photoshop in the next year, these chalkboard prints were not done in any fancy program. They were created in Microsoft Word, imported to iPhoto, and printed at my local Walgreens. How's that for simple?
I'm going to show you how I made the chalkboard prints so you can make your own design, but I also figured I would make the ready-made "All is Calm" and "All is Bright" prints downloadable for you. Therefore, you can print them off at your leisure and enjoy them in your own home.
Let's begin the tutorial on how I made these pretties...