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Industrial Ceiling Fan DIY

We recently moved into our house and with so many projects I have to make budget friendly decisions. 

I often buy used items and upscale them to match my style and decor. This project presented a little challenge because I needed two matching patio fans for my backyard. When I stumbled upon a post on Facebook Marketplace for two fans for just $30! This base price is exactly what I was hoping for. 


I knew I wanted a wood blade for my Industrial Ceiling Fan project. The ones I purchased had a “gray wash” wood print on the back. The fan blades were not something I wanted to replace at this time . I was able to simply flip the pattern over to ensure that the blades complimented the new direction I was taking with the fans. 

Once I loaded up these fans (that took every inch of my mini van space) I got them home and gave them a good wipe down. I decided to unassemble the fans(with my husbands assistance) and spray the individual pieces for a cleaner look. We let the dry for a few hours and then put them back together right away (read we did not want to forget what went where – LOL! I recommend doing this with someone who is handy with these types of projects.

I went with a flat black paint + primer spray paint meant for metal and other surfaces. I chose black knowing that the lightbulb cages I wanted were black metal and I needed the fan base to match those. 

After spraying and reassembly my husband and I kept on working into the night and installed the fans without the light bulb cages because they had not arrived in yet. We ordered the cages for just $5.58 each from You can view them HERE. Be sure to look at the your fan carefully and order the proper type of cage. A second options would be HERE.

Once the light bulb cages came in we put them in place. The fans were REALLY coming together! Next up was adding in some OH SO PRETTY Edison Light Bulbs. We snagged them from Home Depot for just under $5 a bulb PLUS they are LED! You can snag them HERE

With the bulbs in WOW what a difference! But those unsightly fan pulls still HAD TO GO! They definitely  were not going with my industrial look and with coming this  far I really wanted to make sure we got  all the details RIGHT! The pulls I selected were Westinghouse Trophy Pull Chains that you can find HERE

The trophy pulls really were a WINNER (pun intended) and completed the look of my final product. Plus BONUS they are a longer chain than the original ones. So much easier to reach when turning the light or fan on when we use them outside. 

I added a touch of black spray paint to make the top of the chain on the fan match the new black pulls. This was accomplished carefully using a piece of paper at a curve around the pull with a light spray of black paint. You can actually turn the chain as you go to get full paint coverage all the way around.  


  • Used ceiling fans (2) – $30
  • Spray paint – $3.87 + tax
  • Light bulb cages (8) – $44.64 + tax & shipping
  • Fan pulls (4) – $19.88 + tax
  • Edison bulbs (8) – $38.56 + tax

TOTAL PROJECT COST $136.95 making each fan only $68.48!!!

Now when we are hanging out in our sitting area on the patio we enjoy a nice breeze! Bring on the end of summer pool party. What did you think of this project? Any tips we can add to our post?

Original inspiration post found HERE

2 Responses to Industrial Ceiling Fan DIY

  1. Kristi Corley August 10, 2018 at 8:48 am #

    LOVE THIS! Looks like I might have a weekend project!

    • Rachel
      Rachel August 10, 2018 at 10:03 am #

      Thanks so much! It’s soooo worth the effort. I look at it all the time and I’m just in love with the result.

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