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DIY: Upgrade Your Industrial Fan

Give your fan a retro-factory charm with a bit of sheen


Create something spectacular with just a fresh coat of paint. Check out this simple project that you can do with an old fan.

Crafts by Paula de Guzman, Dagny Madamba, and Tala Singson. Photographed by Jun Pinzon.

Read the original article ("In Full Color”) in the February 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 



  • Old, rewired electric fan (the more vintage, the better)
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Spray paint (primer and gold)
  • Lacquer
Re-do it:

1. Wipe the electric fan clean of dust and dirt. Make sure that the components are well prepared for a primer.

2. Spray paint a coat of primer. This will help both plastic and metal surfaces achieve the same golden quality and make the color adhere more effectively. Remember to shake the can well before painting.

3. Pull off an even gold tone by holding the can at least 6" away from the surface. Spray paint all over. Apply a second coat after the first one has dried completely.

4. Seal with lacquer. 

RL Tip: Cover the metal components of the cord plug with masking tape to avoid painting them. Keep them unpainted to have a good electrical connection.


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