Repurpose a Ceiling Fan: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

As part of my partnership with GE, I received coupons for my GE light bulbs. All opinions posted about my GE Lighting experience are my own.

When I was challenged to Reduce, Reuse or Recycle something with regards to my lighting by GE Lighting, I was beyond excited for the challenge.  The truth is, we have been remodeling our home since we purchased it, nearly eight years ago.  Although it has come so far, we have had many set-backs.  We have updated our lighting in several of the rooms, along with added recessed cans in almost every room.  However both of the kids rooms are in need of updated ceiling fans.

Since I am not only a frugal person, but also one that loves to reuse or repurpose, it has been hard to justify replacing the basic white ceiling fans that have been in the rooms for years because they still work.  They are not cute, but they still work, hence why I felt the need to repurpose a ceiling fan instead of purchasing a new one.

When I was given the challenge, my mind immediately went to both of the fans.  We had been discussing updating the rooms with some new paint from the Disney Paint line from Glidden so we decided we would also use it to give Addie’s fan a much-needed update.  When we discussed what color we would consider painting it, hands down Addie wanted a pink fan!  Not only did we decide to create a pink fan but we used the fun Disney Speck-Tacular paint to give it some added sparkle!  To see all the steps in how we updated our ceiling fan, see this post.

I have always disliked the ugly globes on the fans so we headed to Walmart to see if we could find replacement light kits to just give it an updated look as well as another package of GE Energy-Efficient CFL light bulbs.  I thought I had another box on-hand but we just changed out our light bulbs in the bathroom so we must have used the final ones.

Walmart had a huge selection of GE Light bulbs.  Although we didn’t in the end purchase a full lighting kit, we did purchase a new speckled globe to use.  Addie was beside herself excited with the idea of her new fan!  I loved spotting a sign for the Champions for Kids and GE Lighting partnership!  They are both amazing organizations!

Once we were home we attached our newly pink sparkly fan blades, added a new energy-efficient GE CFL bulb and then the globe.  We were now fully put back together but in a much cuter fashion!

GE Lighting will have a FSI in the April 14th paper for $1 off all energy-efficient product (CFL, LED and energy-efficient Halogen).  Be sure to look at your local Walmart for end-caps of CFL T2 3pk products.  They are currently on rollback right now through April so watch for the coupon and grab them this month to save money!   Go here if you are interested to find the right energy-efficient light bulbs for you or a current project you are undertaking.  You can also check out my shopping experience and our reuse project in my #GELighting Google + album.

I would love to hear ways you personally reduce, reuse, recycle!  Share your favorite project you have undertaken with us!

You can connect with GE Lighting on Twitter and also Facebook to stay up-to-date with money and energy-saving tips!

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and GE Lighting #cbias #SocialFabric  As always, all opinions shared are 100% my own. 

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