So you have an ugly ceiling fan…(me too, here’s what I did)

So you have an ugly ceiling fan…(me too, here’s what I did)

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 went to my local hardware store and bought a few different kinds of light bulbs.

I took the shades off and tried out the different bulbs.  Comparing notes on which I liked during the day and at night helped me make my decision.

Although I thought I would like the more round bulbs better since they add a little contrast, I ended up liking the elongated bulbs the best.  (I always like those vintage looking filament bulbs, but sometimes I think they cast a weird yellow light.)

Compared to where we started, I think the fans look way less obtrusive than they did with the shades.  Sometimes a little change is all you need to tie you over until you can get something you will really like.

Hope you have a special day today!  I know I will – it’s my birthday!  My sweet husband made me scones for breakfast, and I got a homemade card from each sweet kid.  Just what I wanted.  : )

Written by Grace

  • emily
    Posted at 19:26h, 16 December Reply

    brilliant! never thought about just removing the weird shade and adding pretty bulbs…love it!

    • Grace
      Posted at 11:47h, 19 December Reply

      Thanks Emily! It’s amazing how the littlest things can really help! Merry Christmas!

  • Monica
    Posted at 19:33h, 16 December Reply

    Happy birthday! Mine is tomorrow, but I doubt my husband will make me scones for breakfast. :p

    • Grace
      Posted at 11:58h, 19 December Reply

      Oh, happy birthday, Monica! Did you come home in a red velvet Christmas stocking, too? 😉 I know people gripe about Christmas birthdays, but I actually love it!

  • Caroline
    Posted at 19:41h, 16 December Reply

    Happy birthday!!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 11:59h, 19 December Reply

      Thank you, Caroline!

  • Cathy
    Posted at 09:25h, 18 December Reply

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday. My daughters birthday was on the 15th. I was planning on making birthday cake pancakes ( see recipe at, but we went out for brunch instead . I guess there is always christmas morning or maybe next year.
    I printed out your All is calm and all is bright signs. They are currently sitting on my mantle and they look beautiful. Thanks again for sharing them , they make me happy to look at.
    Kind Regards

    • Grace
      Posted at 12:01h, 19 December Reply

      Cathy, thank you! Happy Birthday to your daughter! Oooo, birthday cake pancakes sound awesome, but brunch is my VERY favorite meal! I’m sure she loved it.

      I’m so so happy to hear about the Christmas prints! I would love for you to send me a photo! I love hearing that you like looking at them. Hope your 2014 is calm and bright! xoxo

  • Gwen
    Posted at 22:13h, 18 December Reply

    Genius idea to remove the shades! I spray-painted my fan blades to improve them but thought I just had to live with the lights. I’ll be removing the shades ASAP! Thanks for the idea.

    • Grace
      Posted at 12:01h, 19 December Reply

      Gwen, yay! So glad this will help you! Let me know how it goes, I’d love to hear about it!

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