We're getting to the point in the fixing-up-our-house process that we're finally changing the purely cosmetic things.
(We're also volunteering to help friends with their medium-scale DIY projects, but you knew that.)
For the last two and a half years, I've been looking at the fan in our living room (which was pretty new when we bought the house) and thinking, yuck. I've lived there longer than that, but it took me a while to realize I hated it.
It's just not my style – it has lots of frilly decorative detailing in the metal and featured a really light wood finish. The rest of our woodwork is a dark walnut color, so it just didn't match. But I felt guilty about taking the fan down, seeing that there was nothing actually wrong with it. (Sorry for the dark photo - it makes it seem worse than it really is.)
But then I realized, one of my friends and her husband are doing a remodel on a tight budget. I mentioned our fan to her and she was pretty convincing when she said she liked it.
So when ceiling fans went on sale a few weeks ago at our favorite home improvement store, we bought one that matches our home better. (It's Hunter's Fremont with a brushed nickel finish, in case you care.) I love the shiny, simple finish and the gentle curve of the dark wood fan blades.
This was not a five-minute fan (we've actually put one of those on our porch and it really is a quick installation) and took closer to an hour for us to install.
But I'm tickled with the results – no more “ugh” when I look up. It's a little more masculine and fits our house far better than the one we took down. Plus, I never realized it, but I love that the new light globe is a plain, frosted white, rather than a frosty textured glass with whirls and swirls.
It runs really quietly, too – no wobbles or clicking sounds. I'm amazed at how a change like this makes our room feel more finished.
Someday, I told Rob, I want a galvanized ceiling fan. But for our budget and realization that our current house is not our dream home in mind, our new fan is perfect.