Someone referred to me today as “pathologically nice”. Stop laughing! I hear that chorus of guffaws. It’s totally possible for someone who has never met me and has only read one tender piece of my writing to get the crazy idea that I might be a nice person. It was meant as an insult and followed by “Cut the crap”, but honestly, it was such an honor to be thought nice that I hardly minded.
But let’s get down to business. Yes, I tortured another Craigslist find. My idea was to camouflage the necessary evil of a ceiling fan by making it look something like a cherry blossom with five light pink petals (blades) and a darker pink inside.
I started with the most famous pink fan which is somehow way more expensive on Amazon than at Lowes. The great thing about kids lighting is that young girls outgrow cutesy style way before the the fixtures are kaput so you can find nice stuff second hand. I paid $20 for this fan instead of $160 to begin with.
Now. Before we go any further, let me state for the record that this is a perfectly great fan. It’s cute. It’s pink. It already had flowers on the blades so it already fit the flower theme. A solid case could be made that I should have put it up as is and taken a nap.
I took no nap.
You see, it was pink, but it wasn’t precisely the right pink to match the flowers in the wallpaper which is my “jumping off point” or the pinks I had painted Flufferella’s flower chandelier. And the flowers were fine, but they weren’t exactly the right flowers. And, well, maybe I just have too much time on my hands.
My first order of business was to isolate the rotating part of the fan so I could spray paint it one of the darker pinks I have from the flower chandelier project. I checked my grocery bags for holes before painstakingly taping off the rounded edges of everything.
Then I crossed my fingers and sprayed. I went with Krylon “watermelon”. Two coats, plus touch up. This was clearly the hardest project I have sprayed so far. Getting the angles of all the nooks and crannies of the butterfly shaped dealies was maddening.
Then I sprayed the blades Rustoleum “candy pink”.
And here’s where I had a big debate. The main complaint online about this fan is that the lights are dim. You can only use 40w bulbs, and the thick pink shades kill the light.
Fluffy and I had multiple conferences about whether to get transparent white shades and possibly trim them with something or whether to get a flower light kit I found online at Lamps Plus. I think I was leaning slightly toward the shades, but Flufferella really wanted the big ruffly ball of light. Retrospectively, I think she was right on target. I love how it turned out. (Don’t mind the electricians fingerprints on the blades. Some touch up and cleaning is to be expected.)
When Fluffers saw these pictures, she squealed and shrieked with delight and ran around the room pumping her fists and singing.
I also am delighted though at a lower pitch and volume. I love that the fan and the chandelier are clearly of a piece though also clearly not a matchy-matchy collection, and definitely in no way generic builder-grade.
Let the record show that Kent hated the “old fashioned” lantern I bought and thoroughly derided me for wasting money and storage space on it. Now he totally loves it. He had similar eye-rolling moments all through my flower chandelier and ceiling fan escapades, and when I showed him the pictures today, he was full-on impressed and excited. Further evidence that I am always right. About spray paint.
For those of you wondering how I got into the house since I’ve been locked out, I will tell you a secret: I have magical powers. Actually, I had to deliver three carloads of lighting fixtures to the electricians and chat with my Supernintendo about a couple of things. I spent the day running back and forth between the house, the rental and Home Depot. I had to run to Home Depot once to replace a ceiling fan that had a broken light bowl and twice to buy a bracket (got the wrong one the first time) for the flower chandelier ($5) which my Craigslist vendor had not included with the purchase. It takes a lot of effort and money to get things just like you want them.
It was awesome to see what’s going on inside, and I will mete out the pictures I took today through a couple other posts.