When I was updating my son’s bedroom, I gave the ceiling fan a 5 minute update! You can easily change the look of a ceiling fan by quickly swapped out the light shades. I removed the scalloped edged glass shades and replaced them with square ones for a more “gender neutral” look.
New glass shades cost anywhere from $3 – $10 each at Lowe’s or other home improvement stores. The shade size is pretty much universal, but make sure you are buying the smaller shades versus larger ones that are sold for pendant lights. To be sure, bring one of the old shades with you or measure the diameter of the mouth on the existing shades.
Here’s the quick 5 minute how to swap out your ceiling fan light shades:
Turn off the light and fan. Unscrew and remove all the light bulbs.
Loosen the screws on the sides of the light shades. Don’t remove them completely, just loosen all of them until you can remove the shades.
Remove the old shades.
Set the new ones in place.
Tighten the screws around the shade.
Replace the bulbs and admire the new look!
That was easy, right? Nothing like a 5 minute makeover.
Don’t throw away the old shades. You can donate them to your local Habitat ReStore or thrift store!
If you really want to give your ceiling fan a new look, here’s how to paint your ceiling fan!
Do tell, did you know you could swap out the shades on your ceiling fan? The same holds true for your bathroom vanity shades! Save yourself the time and effort of replacing a light fixture by just swapping out the shades. Of course if you are dealing with a TRULY UGLY fixture like a Hollywood strip light, you can follow my tutorial for changing out a light fixture.