Healthy, Safe Way to Update This Ugly Brass Ceiling Fan?

Healthy, Safe Way to Update This Ugly Brass Ceiling Fan?

Cambria Bold
Jan 19, 2011

Q: I live in a rented apartment with the worlds ugliest white and brass fans—super bright and shiny with all sorts of gaudy filigree details. I'd like to paint them (at least the brass part), but I'm not sure how to approach this project. I'm in my first trimester of pregnancy, so I'm trying my hardest to stay away from nasty chemicals and VOCs...

...I live in a historic neighborhood that features a lot of wonderful cast iron porches—I always thought the brass parts of these fans would look much classier in a matte black or dark brown to match the rest of the area. Paint? Mod podge and dark tissue paper?

I'm not really concerned about this being reversible. I highly doubt the landlord would notice or mind any improvement. These things must have been on clearance in the first place.

Any ideas?

Asked by Jo

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