adding a drum shade to a ceiling fan

Monday, January 14, 2013

I am happy to report - I no longer have an ugly fan light!!!

Isn't she pretty!

And, she's a cheap date too.  I only spent $20.  Boom.

Want to pretty up yours?  Here's what you'll need:

  • drum shade (with spider fitting)
  • connector
  • nipple fitting
How to do it:

STEP ONE:  Remove bulb shades

STEP TWO & THREE:  Locate and remove end piece.  I don't really know what it's called so that's what I'll be calling it.

STEP FOUR:  Slide pull chain through connector and screw into place where the end piece used to be.

STEP FIVE:  Screw nipple into connector.

STEP SIX:  Place drum shade over the nipple.  This would be a little easier if my shade would have had only 3 spokes instead of four, but it still fit fine.

STEP SEVEN:  Screw end piece into place to secure the shade.


Super easy, and really changed my fan's look.

I also added a new chain pull I found at Lowes for about $3.

You can see some of the changes I've been making in my bedroom in the after photo.  I can't wait to tell you guys about those white drapes.  May not sounds like much, but trust me, you'll love it.

So, whose gonna be upgrading their fan this week???  You???

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  1. What a great idea (and transformation!)
    Looks so sophisticated!

  2. Great idea! I might do this in my kitchen where I have to have a ceiling fan. Thanks! xo Kristin

  3. I'm so going to try this, looks great and your old lights are exactly what I have now in the bedrooms! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. The fan looks great - our ceiling fan doesn't have a light kit on it, so I can't steal your idea. BUT, in our dining room makeover extravaganza, a new drum shade is happenin' and I'm pretty darned excited about it.

  5. YES! love. I don't think that will work on the fan we have bc of the light that's on it, but yours is AWESOME! can't wait to see the rest!

  6. Love it! Thank you for the tutorial!

  7. You are so amazing. I have a love/hate relationship with fans. I can't sleep without one...but I hate the way they look.

  8. Well, look at you! What a fabulous, cheap and easy idea. I love the new look of the fan!

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  10. This looks great!!! I have always wanted to do this, but never "manned up to make the big change. Maybe I'll do it now to one of our fans!

  11. So easy and a nice change. It modernizes the look.

  12. Wow! I think this is a great idea! Aside from making the ceiling fan look stunning, it will also cost you less than $30 – that’s a real steal! The good thing about that is it will help diffuse and control the light coming from the bulbs, which will make it easier on the eyes. Good choice for a DIY!

  13. I love this idea and you make it look so easy. I've got 2 fans that would look so much better with this. Thanks for the detailed pictures too--I'm definitely a "visual" learner!

  14. This is such a great solution! Thanks so much for the step by step - I am so doing this to my fans!!

  15. Such a simple fix, but it looks so much better. Love it!

  16. Great idea! What size shade did you use?

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  18. Where did you get the connector? And what is it called?

    1. Hi Nissa! It's called a coupling and I picked it up at Lowes in the lighting accessories department.


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