This ceiling fan blade and shade is unrecognizable as an elegant wall sconce

If you want to fill your home with the warmth and coziness of accent lighting, this wall sconce project is for you. Its clean lines and minimalist details are distinct without overpowering a room. Most impressive of all, this sconce gives new life to a ceiling fan blade and shade, transforming an outdated fixture into an unrecognizable accessory.
Repurposing old objects into new treasures never goes out of style, and this project proves that. If you can get your hands on an entire ceiling fan, consider making a set of these sconces to carry the soothing glow of accent lighting throughout your home. Thrift stores, online classifieds and architectural reuse centers are all sure-fire places to find a used ceiling fan at a price you won’t think twice about.
- Ceiling fan blade
- Ceiling fan shade
- Sanding block
- Rag or paper towel
- Plug-in wall sconce with screw covers included
- Awl
- Marker
- Electric drill
- Drill bit
- 1-inch long Phillips-head screws, 2
- Phillips-head bit
- Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in “Maui Sand”
- Large paintbrush
- Light bulb
- Twine
- Scissors
DIY Everywhere
1. Place the ceiling fan blade on your work surface. If you haven’t already done so, remove the bracket. There should be three holes in the narrowest part of the blade where the bracket used to be.
2. Lightly sand both sides of a ceiling fan blade. Wipe the dust off with a rag or paper towel.
3. Position a wall sconce on the widest part of the blade with the cord pointed down. Use an awl to mark where the screw holes should go. Mark the same spots with a marker, and then drill guide holes through the markings with a drill bit that’s about the same diameter as your screws.
4. Paint both sides of the fan blade with chalk paint in “Maui Sand” or another shade of gray. Allow the paint to dry, and then paint a second coat.
5. Once dry, lightly sand the edges and face of the blade to give it a distressed style. Wipe off the dust with your rag or towel.
6. Screw the screws through the back of the blade and into the holes you made in step 3. Turn the blade right-side up, then place the sconce over the screws. Secure in place by twisting on the screw covers.
7. Remove the gasket from the light bulb socket. Slide the ceiling fan shade onto the socket, then screw the gasket back on. Screw in the light bulb.
8. Cut a long piece of twine. Thread one end through the back of the topmost hole on the blade, then through the bottom left hole. Bring the end of the twine through the back of the hole of the right, then through the topmost hole. Adjust the twine so that both ends are of equal length. Tie an overhand loop knot with the ends of the twine, and then trim with scissors.
9. Your ceiling fan wall sconce is ready to hang and enjoy!