How To Paint a Ceiling Fan? (Easy 3 Step DIY Guide)

Painting a ceiling fan is one way to spruce up your home and add a colorful new look or create a sleeker, more modern look.

Using a variety of paint colors, you can create the perfect updated style for your home without replacing your out dated ceiling fan.  

Continue reading to learn how to paint a fan and change up your home aesthetic.  

Yes, you can DIY paint a ceiling fan. It might seem challenging to paint your entire fan at home, but it's actually a relatively easy process. 

Can you paint fan blades?

You can safely paint ceiling fan blades, paint fan globes, paint ceiling light fans, and even paint the glass on a new ceiling fan.  

A fan is a wonderful home appliance that typically is placed in the center of a room, on the ceiling. When you turn on fan, the fan moves fan blades in a circular motion to create a breeze.  

This manufactured breeze can help cool down your home and circulate the air for a fresher feel. Many homeowners love the ability to freshen a room and cool it slightly with their brass ceiling fan. 

The benefit of a ceiling fan vs. a regular table or floor fan is that ceiling fans can move more air quickly and are often quieter.  

Many homeowners notice that their ceiling fans start to look faded, worn, or drab earlier than expected. This can bring down the overall look of the room. Other homeowners update their furniture, rugs, or wall art and notice that the fan now looks out of place. 

In both of these scenarios, painting the it can revitalize your home decor. You can paint your fan to match your new aesthetic and refresh the style in your home.  

Other times, homeowners want to surprise their kids by painting a wacky and colorful fan. These types of ceiling fans can also be fun in whimsical or edgy decor rooms. 

When you paint your it, you can choose what colors to use or whether or not designs are painted onto the fan blades. 

ceiling fan painted with white and grey stripes

Creative Ceiling Fan Painting Ideas

There are two primary creative routes to take when painting your fan: contemporary and wild. Both options are great choices and depend on the type of aesthetic that you want in your home.  

Contemporary styles refer to painting your fan with colors that are more modern such as white ceiling color, black, silver, oil-rubbed bronze, gold, or other more light shades. 

This style of creative painting can take a bland, old ceiling fan and turn it into something that looks new, polished, and elevates the home decor.  

Wild and colorful ceiling painting ideas include choosing more off-the-wall colors such as red, blue, green, yellow, purple, and other bright or vibrant colors.

This can work well for homes that have more of an Andy Warhol vibe or want something flashy. This can also work well for children’s rooms and more creative spaces such as a playroom or movie room.  

Another option is to create a distinct look that transforms the fan into something that looks like a different material. For example, painting fan blades rustic with an industrial-looking paint can work well in an industrial or rustic kitchen. 

The best choice comes down to your ideal finished project.  

ceiling fan painted with wavy design

How To Easily Paint A Ceiling Fan - Step By Step

Once you have your ceiling fan on the floor, it’s time to get started. Make sure that you lay your fan on top of a drop cloth to protect your floor. 

You will need primer, a small paint dish, damp rag, painter’s tape and a drop cloth, cardboard, foam brushes, and the paint you intend to use. You will also want to disassemble the fan and remove all the screws. There are usually two screws holding each fan blade up. Use a cordless drill for speed or just a phillips head screwdriver.

Before detaching the fan from the ceiling, remove the light fixture or light bulbs, light kit, if your fan has one. To begin painting your ceiling fan, turn the power off at the circuit breaker.

Clean the switch housing cover, motor housing cover, downrod, and blade brackets with multi purpose spray cleaner.

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    The first step is to apply the primer. You should apply primer to each area that you intend to paint. Let the primer sit for a few hours. Check the manufacturer instructions to ensure that you wait long enough before moving to the next step.
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    The second step is to paint your fan. This should be broken up into steps. To paint the fan arms, you can use either latex paint or oil-based paint. However, vinyl fan blades should only use latex paint on fan blade, and wood blades should only use oil-based paint. Paint your screws as well so that when you put the ceiling fan back together, each piece will be the correct color. You can paint the ceiling fan blades, motor casing, actual blades, and base. 
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    Allow the first coat of paint dry completely. After waiting the appropriate amount of time between coats you can apply several light coats of same paint as second coat and let it to air dry. Once the second coat has dried, you can reassemble the fan and re-attach it. Return power to the ceiling fan at either the circuit breaker or the fuse box. Now you’re ready to enjoy your new home aesthetic.

Painting a Ceiling Fan Without Taking It Down

If you do not want to remove your fan, you can safely paint your fan without taking it down. It can be more difficult to paint your ceiling fan this way, but it is possible. 

You will want to use the same tools, supplies, and materials that we discussed in our DIY painting ceiling fan section above. The primary difference between painting it that is not attached and one that is on the ground is that you must use protective coverings.  

You will need a drop cloth and painter's tape in order to seal off the ceiling and the fan parts that you do not want the paint to touch. It can be difficult to see and apply few coats of paint, so covering up the areas that you do not want to be touched is helpful. 

You also need to make sure that you use a secure, stable ladder or bench step while painting. 

The most dangerous aspect of painting a fan without taking it down is that you will need to be up high while painting. 

We recommend choosing a stable ladder and having someone spot you while painting so you can focus on your painting job.  

ceiling fan painted in dark brown

Common Ceiling Fan Painting Questions

How many cans of spray paint can you use on one ceiling fan?

You may need 1-4 cans of multi purpose spray paint per fan. If you are using one color, you might just need 1 spray paint can. It really depends on the number of colors involved. 

How much is the cost of painting a ceiling fan? 

The cost of painting a ceiling fan varies with the size of the fan blades. It should be $30—$80 depending on the supplies purchased and cans of spray paint needed.  

How long to wait before using the ceiling fan after painting it? 

We recommend waiting 48 hours after painting your fan before using it. This will allow the spray paint to fully dry and ensure that the fumes are also gone.  

How long does spray paint last on the ceiling fan? 

Spray painting a fan is a long-lasting decor update. Your fan should not need to be repainted. The spray paint should hold indefinitely. If the paint color or texture fades, then you can update in 8-10 years.  

Can you chalk paint a ceiling fan? 

Yes, you can use chalk paint to paint a ceiling fan. However, we only recommend doing this for a particular look. If you want to create a gray or whitewash look, then using chalk paint will work well. 


Painting a ceiling fan is one way to add color to your home or to change your decor to suit a new aesthetic.

You can DIY paint your fan to create a unique look and spruce up your interior design.