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How to Paint a Ceiling Fan

Before And After Painting Your Own Ceiling Fan

Does your room need spicing up? We have the perfect fix for your home decor woes - painting your boring ceiling fan. Painting your old ceiling fan is a wonderful, cost-effective way to create a functional art piece to display in your home or office. With just a few coats of paint, you can turn a dull fan into a unique fixture that flawlessly matches your home decor without breaking the bank.

If you are using an older ceiling fan, see Del Mar Fans and Lighting's article on how to clean your ceiling fan to tidy up the fan blades and hardware prior to painting.

If you don't have an older ceiling fan, we have a large selection of affordable Minka Aire 52 white ceiling fans that you can choose from and then makeover.


  • Ceiling Fan
  • Flat Protective Enamel Spray Paint (preferably with primer)
  • Primer (optional)
  • Newspaper
  • Gloves
  • 120 Grit Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Water and Mild Soap
  • Baby Wipes
  • Stencils (optional)

Product Used

For this DIY video, we used a Kichler ceiling fan.

Preparation to Paint a Ceiling Fan

When choosing your paint colors, keep the following tips in mind:

  • For the fan hardware (blade brackets, canopy cover, etc.), choose a color that matches the door hinges, door knobs, and appliances in the room.
  • For the fan blades, choose a color that matches the furniture, doors, and cabinets in the room.
  • Neutral colors such as ivory, taupe, and gray work well with many home decors and furniture.

10 Easy Steps to Painting a Ceiling Fan

To begin painting your ceiling fan, turn the power off at the circuit breaker and follow the steps below:

  1. Uninstall the ceiling fan starting with the switch housing, then the fan blades, and finally the motor assembly (steps may vary depending on your fan model).
  2. Disassemble the fan blades and motor assembly into individual pieces. Arrange the pieces on a sturdy work area covered with newspapers or cardboard.
  3. Strip the fan blades of any dirt, dust, or old flaky paint with 120 grit sandpaper. Sand the blades with the grain, paying extra attention to the blade edges.

Sand The Ceiling Fan Blades Well To Hold The Paint

  1. Clean the fan blades with water and mild soap or baby wipes. Make sure there is no leftover debris on the blades. Allow the blades to air dry.

Clean The Ceiling Fan Blades Well Before Painting

  1. Clean the switch housing cover, motor housing cover, downrod, and blade brackets. Remove any dust or debris from all hardware pieces.
  2. Put on gloves to prevent direct contact with the spray paint. Shake the paint canister well and test the nozzle on the old newspaper.
  3. Spray the fan blades and hardware pieces with a thin, even coat of primer. Apply multiple coats until you've achieved the coverage you want. Allow the blades and hardware to air dry thoroughly.  For this video, we used an enamel spray paint with primer.
  4. Once all the blades and hardware are dry, you're finally ready to spray your color. Make sure that you are at least 6 to 8 inches away from the surface and are moving the can in a side to side sweeping motion to ensure an even coat of paint. Start with the fan blades as they will dry faster and can start drying while you spray the hardware. We recommend at least two coats of color on the blades and hardware.

Paint Ceiling Fan Blade Hardware And Motor Housing

  1. Once the blades and hardware are dry, inspect the pieces to confirm whether or not additional paint coats are needed. Apply additional coats if needed and allow to air dry.
  2. Re-assemble and install your ceiling fan once all parts are completely dry. See Del Mar Fans and Lighting's article on how to install a ceiling fan for pointers if needed.

Once you have installed the ceiling fan, restore power the fan and verify it is working properly. A few coats of paint can work wonders on an old ceiling fan and breathe new life into a room. You can also use stencils and stamps to create a unique pattern or design on the blades.

Linda Lekarczyk
Can you please share what brand of enamel spray paint with primer you used? Thanks
June 22, 2015 at 7:12 pm
Del Mar Fans & Lighting
Hi Linda, We've used Valspar Satin Interior/Exterior Paint + Primer In One. The color is Satin Bright Red; code # 85016. I hope this answers your questions!
June 23, 2015 at 9:21 am
Don Roybal
our fans came with lights (kit) they are a shiny gold is it ok to paint these also? If show can you show us how"
August 2, 2015 at 11:58 am
Del Mar Fans & Lighting
Hi Don, The light kits are able to be painted. We don't recommend altering anything eletrical in your ceiling fans. Light kits are available in many different styles and colors. If you want assistance finding your replacement, contact customer service: sales@delmarfans.com
August 3, 2015 at 10:36 am