Zebra stripe bedspread and zebra print accessories are a fun way to living up the look of your bedroom. To add some interest to your ceiling fan, painting a zebra stripe on the blades is a fun way of giving a room some added zest.
Painting zebra stripes on a fan is an easy DIY project that requires some basic materials and at least 2 days of drying time. Here’s how it’s done:
Before starting this painting project, the wooden or plastic paddles must be removed from the fan.
Most paddles are connected to the fan by means of a blade arm. The blade arm is usually metal or plastic and is attached to the paddles with screws. Carefully remove the screws from the paddle and set aside where they can be found later.
Wash the paddles with soap water, rinse, and let air dry thoroughly continuing with the project.
While the paddles are drying, you can collect these materials:
Newspapers for protecting the work table
Fine grit sandpaper
Spray can of spray primer in white, available at paint stores for around $5.29
One can of white or slightly off white spray paint
Black latex paint
2 inch wide disposal foam brush
1/4″ wide paint brush, the type used for crafting.
How to paint your fan with a white base coat
Step 1: Lightly sand the top and bottom of the paddles. This will slightly rough up the surface so the paint will adhere better.
Step 2: Carefully spray the top and sides of the fan paddles with the white primer paint. Apply in light applications in a back and forth motion. To avoid drips, it’s best if you apply the paint in 2 or 3 light applications instead of trying to cover everything at once.
Step 3: Let the paint dry to the touch, at least 1 hour.
Step 4: Flip the paddles over and repeat. Let dry.
Step 5: After the primer is dry to the touch, apply the white spray paint in a gentle, back and forth motion. Again, it’s best to apply several light layers than trying to cover everything in one coat.
Step 6: Let dry 3-4 hours, then flip and spray the back side. Let dry overnight.
How to stripe the fan with black paint
Now that the fan has been properly prepped, the stripes can be painted on using the plastic tray, the black paint, and both brushes. You can choose to paint both sides of the fan in your zebra stripe, or just the paddles that face downwards.
If you need a reminder how zebra stripes look, this link will help.
Step 7: Dip the foam brush into the black paint, just enough to cover the first inch of the foam tip. Use a sheet of newspaper to practice making a slightly wavy line. Once you have the technique right, you can begin painting the fan.
Step 8: Beginning at either end, paint the stripes so that they are between one to two inches apart. Apply your stripes spanning the width of the fan blade and not the length. It’s OK to make the distances irregular since in real life, zebra stripes aren’t uniformly spaced.
Step 9: Use the smaller brush to create some irregularities in the stripes, by making a few of the stripes slightly wider in the middle.
Step 10: Repeat on the remaining paddles. Let dry thoroughly before reinstalling the paddles back onto your ceiling fan.