Retro Fan


Unless one lives in an unremittingly warm climate, a fan is one of those things that is useful on occasions, but spends most of its time in a cupboard. Fans come in all shapes, sizes and exquisite designs these days, although most of them are rather ordinary and a bit of an eyesore. I decided to give my little fan a face-lift so that it added to the interior design while on standby for service.

Recycled items:

  • free standing fan (any size)

  • pieces of leftover wallpaper

  • ribbon (to fit around base of fan)

You will also need:

  • spray paint (any colour; I used black)

  • wallpaper glue

  • mask

  • protective gloves

  1. Make sure the fan is disconnected from its power source before dismantling it carefully. Remove the safety grids and fan-blades.

  2. Place the fan-base and blades on a protected work surface then spray them with spray paint.

  3. When the paint is completely dry, cover selected sections with pieces of wallpaper in a papier-mâché way. Leave to dry overnight.

  4. Decorate the base with a piece of ribbon.

  5. Reassemble the fan.

Caution: Work in a well-ventilated space and wear a mask and protective gloves while spray painting.

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