Friday, June 17, 2011

Of Shoes and Ships and Ceiling Wax.

Actually.  Just ships and ceiling fans.  No shoes? Gasp, faint... 

I have a dilemma.  A crafty dilemma.

You see, I'm not. And I've undertaken a "be crafty and original" project.  It wouldn't be so bad - except, I've been watching Karen just pull stuff out of her ear, or maybe nose to decorate her house with and it looks beautiful.  
Along with other bloggers that are making this pretty or "hey, look at this - I just farted and my living room looks awesome" or "I just got the inspiration for this room from watching my baby eat spaghetti".  
Seriously.  I'm not like that. 
At. All.  

So, here's the dilemma.  I have a husband who adores ceiling fans.  In fact, that was our "anniversary present".  A new ceiling fan.
[I hate fans.  All fans. Except this one.  The noise they make as their little blades cut the air hurts my ears.  No joke.  I also hate pencils. I decided when I was seven I never wanted to be a teacher because I hate pencils and I couldn't handle a whole class of pencils.]
Insert ridicule. 

Now, moving on.

As far as ceiling fans go, this one isn't bad.
The wooden planks are a near perfect match to our floors, and the white and brushed silver are carried throughout the entire living room/house.  It's also not "grannyish" in style, so it gets props. Which, is kind of what it looks like.  A plane propeller.  Or, a daisy that's on it's last few "love me, love me nots". 

Anyway, we bought two, builders grade, white fans for the boys' rooms.

Uh, this fan to be exact. Not ezzactly awesome.

{Quick refresher of the boys' rooms}

Spoiled much?
(The treasure map wall has seen many improvements.  That wall was my one piece of genius.)

I'm trying to find some {cheap} fishnet stuff to hang on the ceiling in here.
Hence the un-touched up space around the Co2/smoke detector.

Yes. Yes they are. 

So, the dilemma is turning those fans into something that will jibe with the room, but not make the room cross the line from "awesome" to "garish".
Yes, that green is already garish.  If you are a parent and you let your 3.5 year old pick the color for his room - you have to be prepared for something like this. He wears sunglasses at night.  

Anyway, this is what I'm thinking.  (Open to ALL suggestions.  If I don't pick yours - don't be butt-hurt.  I'm just looking for some inspiration to strike gold with this project.)
I'm considering painting the body of Kenny's silver.  I was considering making the whole thing silver, and trying to figure out how to make it look like a jet engine - but then I realized jets don't go into space.  Rockets do.  Idea fail.
I'm going to paint the blades... I don't know.  But we're thinking of stamping stars/rockets/moons/aliens... on the blades. (NOT original at. all.)

We have NO idea which direction to head on B-rox's.  Nothing but some jolly roger-esque things and frankly, I believe that's already pretty played out in the room.

Please help.  Plleeeeez.
And thank you.  In advance.

6 reviews:

Christine said...

First of all, your boys have AWESOME rooms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, that is amazing!

Second of all, I think stars that look like they are shooting?? may look cool in the space room. And for the boating room, how about different shades of blue looking like waves???

Missy said...

I helped paint those AWESOME bedrooms! Woo hoo!

And uh....I'm lost on this one. never thought of painting the ceiling fans. But maybe make Brox's look all old wood-like....maybe like a pirate ship. Or a palm tree from a treasure island. Uh, Kenny's I'm lost. I wouldve thought silver too. It could be a rocket propeller LOL

Mrs. Wookie said...

Ummm, it may throw off the balance of the blades, but what if you attach some sort of fake moon to the blades as a space theme....and then something for the pirates (arg!) - to which I'm still thinking...

Karen said...

First, I am not a rock star - you are! I don't use cloth diapers on my little guy. Shhh...

Second, your boys' rooms rock the breakfast burrito.

Third, I like the idea of painting the space fan silver, the whole thing! And for the pirate fan? You can turn the fan into a compass. Paint a circle on the ceiling and write the numbers and such on the ceiling as well. Then paint the blades accordingly.

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What do you think?

Mommy McD said...

Brilliant. Brilliant!!!! Love the idea!

m.whi said...

Is that a light in the middle of the fan? What if you painted it black and did a skull and cross bones in the middle? Or maybe had the skull in the middle and the bones on the blades? If it is a light-it might be cool to have the light shining through the eyes and mouth.
I'm not sure about the space room. Perhaps taking advantang ogf the fact that it turns-like painting on a spiral