Revamped Ceiling Fan Blades, Farmhouse-Style

Revamped Ceiling Fan Blades, Farmhouse-Style

Mr. Seasongoods and I are slowly (and I mean SLOWLY) giving our home office a face lift. The first order of business was replacing the outdated squeaky ceiling fan…and when we did so, I, OF COURSE, saved the ceiling fan blades for a project. I had a farmhouse-style idea that seemed a little crazy…but had a lot of potential.

Outdated ceiling fan blades to be repurposed into DIY farmhouse style salvaged windmill decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Can you say…outdated?

My crazy idea stemmed from the show Fixer Upper, which many of you are likely familiar with. Joanna Gaines (one of the main stars) would periodically use salvaged windmills in her farmhouse décor. When I looked them up online, they were OUTRAGEOUSLY priced. And also- HUGE. I have a small budget and a small house…but what if I could recreate that look with repurposed ceiling fan blades??

Crazy idea? Or just crazy enough to work? Let’s find out…This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

First, I removed the connecting hardware from my blades and wiped them down. We needed to cut them into a more angular windmill blade shape…so I wanted to create a template to make that easier (and consistent). So, I grabbed some scrap cardboard and a marker (ignore the utility knife- I changed my mind about using it).

Outdated ceiling fan blades to be repurposed into DIY farmhouse style salvaged windmill decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to see if this will work?

I traced the full ceiling fan blade, and then sketched out the windmill blade shape inside my tracing. The inner portion of my drawing without any writing? That’s going to be my template.

Outdated ceiling fan blades to be repurposed into DIY farmhouse style salvaged windmill decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It’s honestly less complicated than it looks!

With rotary cutter in hand, I cut out my template on my largest craft mat and BOOM- windmill blade template!

Outdated ceiling fan blades to be repurposed into DIY farmhouse style salvaged windmill decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ok! We have a template.

Then, I taped the template to each ceiling fan blade and traced it out.

Outdated ceiling fan blades to be repurposed into DIY farmhouse style salvaged windmill decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looks pretty windmill-ish…

While Mr. Seasongoods cut out and sanded down each windmill-blade-to-be, I nabbed a medium-sized floral craft ring.

Outdated ceiling fan blades to be repurposed into DIY farmhouse style salvaged windmill decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

To be my center anchor…

Still with me? Good- things are about to really take shape now!

After purchasing some large, industrial-looking nuts and bolts, we drilled corresponding holes through each blade and the floral craft ring (which we had cut off- about a quarter round of it). Now, it was time to metal-fy them with some amazing spray paint

Outdated ceiling fan blades to be repurposed into DIY farmhouse style salvaged windmill decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

NOW the transformation will really get going…

Are you ready for this? The transformation is insane- they turned to weathered, galvanized steel right before my eyes.

Outdated ceiling fan blades to be repurposed into DIY farmhouse style salvaged windmill decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

LOOK. AT. THAT!

I wanted to add just a touch of “rust”, so I rubbed a scant amount of rust-colored craft paint onto each blade using a cloth rag. When that dried, I gave the blades a quick coat of matte sealant, to protect my faux rust paint job AND to tone down the shine.

Outdated ceiling fan blades to be repurposed into DIY farmhouse style salvaged windmill decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

This is wild!

Then, it was assembly time! I bolted the blades to the quarter round of craft ring, and then I hot-glued a piece of wire behind the three blades I used. It’s a minor detail, but all the real windmills have that stabilizing wire, so I wanted mine to look as authentic as possible.

Outdated ceiling fan blades to be repurposed into DIY farmhouse style salvaged windmill decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Shut the front door, right??

So- tell me. Did my crazy idea work? I think it did- and I can’t wait to set up a farmhouse style mantelscape with this as the focal piece. I seriously LOVE how it turned out!

Outdated ceiling fan blades repurposed and upcycled into DIY farmhouse style salvaged windmill decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Amazing- I just love it!

If Joanna Gaines sees this, I hope she doesn’t get mad that I made this for, like, $10…compared to the hundreds of dollars the real thing goes for. But you know what- I’m pretty sure that our 1980s-era ceiling fan blades have never looked better!

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  1. Wow, this is a fabulous idea! Your faux windmill looks so cool!

  2. Christina in FL says:

    Sarah, Vanessa is so right! Very cool and I see old ceiling fans in the garbage all the time! Sweet! Thank you for all the great details also. I think Joanna Gaines would be super proud of your creativity. 🙂

  3. Sarah, you never cease to amaze me. You are SO talented. It’s an excellent look.

  4. Gilmer Gal says:

    I have several sets of these blades, and was going to just chunk them because I couldn’t thing of anything to use them for. You have saved them from the dump! Thanks so much, and can’t wait to get started on my ‘windmill!’

  5. Lois Stimax says:

    I have some blades too-and can’t wait to play with them!! Thanks for the great idea!!

  6. Get out of town! That’s just plain genius! I bet lots of us are going to copy this idea! Pinning!

  7. Wow you are so creative!!!

  8. It looks beautiful. Great idea! 😀

  9. Pamela J Hale says:

    What a super great idea. I have wanted something like this for awhile and just couldn’t afford the high price. I am so going to try this. You are awesome.

  10. Meg Miller says:

    Brilliant! The surfaces look great. I admire your painting skills!
    I could also see making a half-circle in yellow and white tones for a morning greeting in my laundry room…but that might be a bit much.

  11. This is one of my all time favorite projects!!! I’m going to make myself one this weekend! Nice job 🙂

  12. Mary Helene says:

    I think Jo-Jo would give you two thumbs up. Love this idea.

  13. Brilliant! The rusty galvanized finish is so authentic looking!

  14. Kimberley A Mason says:

    Love the farmhouse windmill idea. Very creative I am sure Joanna Gaines would love your approach to crafting! You are a true visionary so craft on! You inspire me!

  15. kathy Nielsen says:

    Absolutely great job! Joanna would be proud!

  16. Very inventive idea. I don’t have a rustic style house to do that but I have wanted some fan blades to make some big outdoor dragonflies and butterflies. Have you seen them? I can’t remember the name of the lady that started making them. I have collected some fancy curvy chair legs for the body part and i’m looking for odd metal pieces to make the eyes and antenna..

  17. This is SO awesome, Sarah! Pinned and FB shared 😉

  18. I LOVE Joanna and Chip Gaines. What a cute idea. You did it well.

  19. How clever and they really do look like timeworn vintage blades! Pinning and sharing.

  20. Debra Wise says:

    So ah-mazing! You are so creative. I might just try this idea myself.

  21. Success and awesomeness.

  22. chris aka monkey says:

    good gosh oh mighty sarah this turn out fabulous now to hunt down some fan blades pinned xx

  23. Well done! One of the coolest looking repurpose projects Ive seen in awhile! Good for you and Mr.!

  24. Nancy Walden says:

    I just changed out an old fan so I have the blades to replicate your idea but I don’t think it’s quite the right look for French Country. I’m keeping the blag just in case I change my mind!

  25. OMG, I am totally buying some ceiling fan blades next time I see some at the thrift store, this is amazing! Pinned!

  26. Great job! Very creative!

  27. Beautiful! You did a fantastic job on that faux finish. They always scare me. Adding to my Pinterest queue.

  28. Dang, girl! Could I please somehow acquire a teeny, tiny part of your creative brain? 😉

  29. Fun idea! We have a ceiling fan company, so I have my pick of lots of discarded blades and have brought many home. My plans have been for making dragonfly type things, but I love this idea too! Thanks.

  30. Whoa! That is so pretty, I love it! I don’t have anot old ceiling fan, but accidents happen…lol.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      HAHAHA! Well, if you can’t bear to have an “accident”, check your local Habitat ReStore…they usually have old fans or sets of blades hanging around. 🙂

  31. You are brilliant! This is fantastic.

  32. Girl, you continue to amaze me. I’ll never think of ceiling fan blades the same way.

  33. I came over from 36th Avenue and this is brilliant!

  34. You are most clever!!! That is a wonderful idea. I have really liked the windmills – but they are HUGE. You have come up with a great solution! Kudos!!!

  35. fabulous project!

  36. I’m thinking I’d like to change my actual ceiling fan blades to these!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  37. Crikey, you have impressed me with your creativity and energy. This faux windmill project blew me away and is easily one of most clever recycled decor projects I’ve seen online in quite a while. This is me, applauding you. Two thumbs up!

  38. Amazing! Such a cool idea Sarah! L.O.V.E. It! Pinning to share. Thanks for linking up with us this week at #Snickerdoodle!

  39. Wow!!! I never would have thought to do this! It came out gorgeous!

  40. Love this! Windmill’s are so popular now, perfect timing!

  41. Such a great idea. I love how you re-prupose things that I would just toss in the trash. You inspire me. Hope to see you at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week. Check us out http://ow.ly/EoHY309pwEK

  42. This is such a wonderful project! We have two fans we are taking down…I can’t wait to make this! Thank you for sharing!

  43. This is the answer for me! You are brilliant! I have been wanting a fan, however, EXPENSE and size have kept me from it. This is perfect for my situation. Thank you for sharing.

  44. That is so stinking neat! I LOVE this idea! I have been wanting a windmill clock, but didn’t want to pay over $100 bucks for it (yuk). I believe you might have inspired me! Wood is so much more doable vs. metal. Can’t wait to make one now!

  45. Another amazing craft & they look sooo authentic! Joanna Gaines has nothing on you now! Great look with the vignette, and a clever craft!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Haha, well, she’s still the High Priestess of Farmhouse, that’s for sure! But thank you so much- I’m thrilled at how they turned out. 🙂

  46. Very cute! Thanks for sharing your project at Craft Frenzy Friday on Mom Home Guide!

  47. Wow! What a neat idea!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  48. Jackie Loos says:

    Could you tell me what size (in inches), for the craft ring. Michaels has a 12 inch and an 18 inch. I’m going to try to make these tonight. Thanks!

  49. This is one crazy beautiful idea. And I love it!

  50. I seen those internet prices, and they are imposible. You did a great job and thrifty too.

  51. acraftymix says:

    Such an amazing idea Sarah, those prices are completely nuts and yours looks stunning. Great re-purpose

  52. I have never seen the show Fixer Upper but I do keep hearing about it and the stars of it. You are very creative your own self. I am currently crushing on some Rustoleum paint tricks too! Love how your project came out. They do look metal. #merrymonday

  53. Girl, Joanna should be calling you for tips, this is so pretty! I can’t get over how much the fan blades look like metal. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  54. Amanda Kolb says:

    Wow! This is awesome! Who would have thought?

  55. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Well I have to agree your ceiling fans never looked better. Joanna would be proud of you Sarah! I must make a mental note to get that spray.

  56. Wow! I would have never guessed these are made from fan blades!! Loved this DIY! thanks for joining us at the Family joy blog link up party. Pinned!

  57. Cindy Downing says:

    Curious…why did you not use the fourth blade?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      For a couple of reasons- one, even though I’m NOT a rule follower, I do like the Rule of Three in decorating. Odd numbers just are more pleasing to my eye. And the second reason is that I was able to test different paint methods for the “rust” on the fourth blade…so that I could pick the best one to share with you!

  58. teddeegrace says:

    Really clever! Wish I had a way and place to saw!

  59. Such a creative and cute idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtasting Friday 🙂

  60. This is amazing! Nice work! I never would have guessed they were old fan blades. I’m impressed. 🙂

    Aloha,
    Charlee

  61. I love it!!! I have seen the windmills on Fixer Upper and had thought I would like one for my home. Now you have made it possible! Thank you so much!

  62. Lisa A Stark says:

    I love the windmill, but I love the Pope Gosser, Rose Point platter behind it. Would you consider selling it? My father-in-law, now 96 years old gave my mother-in-law a set of them for her 18th birthday.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hi, Lisa- Possibly. Please send an email to sadieseasongoods@yahoo.com with what you’re thinking. I need to take a close look at it as there may be flaws (I have several white platters and can’t recall which ones have what).

  63. This insanely jaw dropping-ly clever. I’m in the process of swapping my decor taste to farm house style, so I am going to copy this idea!!

  64. What an outstanding idea. To bad I just got rid of three old ceiling fans. I am kicking myself all over the place, because I adore this fanstatic idea of your, and would love make one like this to.

  65. This is genius and just so cute. Brilliant idea.

    • Marie Hiney says:

      These are amazing. I can even see them in different colors and yet remain on the original fan. Another idea may be to do a spray adhesive and put fabric on the blades to coordinate with décor of the room the fan is in. How cute and easy is this project.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Katie!

  66. Holy shiplap woman! That turned out A-mazing!!

  67. Everyone is running around looking for old fan blades now after being inspired by this awesome project! Very smart and well done. Thanks for sharing with us at Waste Not Wednesday Link Party!

  68. Really cool idea with very little cost. I love the color of the blades and the shape.

  69. This turned out so fabulous!! I have never tried using that Rustoleum aged Metallic’s before!!! This awesome project sure has made me want to plus find some fan blades! So very creative and clever!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      It’s kind of addictive, Sam!! I’m already playing around with a second project using it, LOL. 🙂

  70. Wonderful idea. Farmhouse decor is so trendy, this is an amazing upcycle. I am especially impressed how you finished them to look like aged metal.

  71. This looks so Good Sarah and is perfect farmhouse styling – love it

  72. Girl… do you see how many responses you have to this GENIUS idea!!!!
    You have made us DIY’ers so very happy!!!!
    Thank for the BRILLIANT idea!!! Kudos to you!!!

  73. Seriously, looks awesome!

  74. Amazing! That is so creative! Great work 👏

  75. OMG!!!!!!!!! How amazing is this??? You are so very talented dear. I love JoAnna Gaines but for me n my wallet, I love this even more. Thank you for sharing n I plan on making me one… I’m so excited. I will be following you. Lol.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you so very much, Dawn!!! The real ones are cray-cray expensive- I love them, but combine the cost and the SIZE…my little ol’ house couldn’t handle it, even if my wallet could. 😉

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