Add a drum shade to your ceiling fan

This is so easy y’all! Add a drum shade to your ceiling fan in just 5 minutes. Yep, five minutes is all you need to pretty up those outdated ceiling fans. A few affordable accessories will have you finished in no time. Read on to find out all the details!

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This takes the cake as the easiest light change… ever. Yes, ever. I can’t believe I haven’t done this sooner! Let’s add a drum shade to your ceiling fan, people…

Add a drum shade to your ceiling fan! It only takes 5 minutes with this easy DIY!

 

We’ve all seen them. Some of us have them, and thankfully I have one less. This has been staring down at us all year, right over the bed. UGLY. But… needed. Those long and hot Summer days can make for some uncomfortable temperatures at night. So this beauty isn’t going anywhere. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).

(Be sure to inspect your light to purchase proper sized parts, fittings, and assemblies. I’ve gathered some links here, for inspiration and convenience).

SUPPLIES to add a drum shade to your ceiling fan:

  1. Nut adaptor or Coupler 

  2. Threaded post

  3. Drum shade (with spider setting)

  4. Nut

I have seen fans outfitted with a glass drum shade for a couple hundred dollars in the lighting section of the hardware store. I could never pull the trigger because even if I wanted to shell out the bucks, the scale was off with the light and the fan, and I never really liked them anyway.

So, there I was staring at my fan one day, inspired by my last lighting makeover adventure, and knew there had to be something I could do.

Add a drum shade to your ceiling fan! It only takes 5 minutes with this easy DIY!

Do you know your fan should have this little nut that screws out of the centre of your fixture?

Add a drum shade to your ceiling fan! It only takes 5 minutes with this easy DIY!

 

Add a drum shade to your ceiling fan! It only takes 5 minutes with this easy DIY!

Yep, there it is right there. You can see the nut in my hand. Ignore the bolt and adaptor. I had those at the ready while I experimented with ideas for the light.

Turns out (this might blow your mind), all you need to do is:

  • Remove the old tri-light glass shades
  • Unscrew that nut from the middle of your ugly fan light
  • Thread a drum shade onto the stem
  • Screw the nut into place to hold the drum shade in place
  • And then, well… there’s no “and then”… it just is. That’s it… you’re done. Drum shade attached!

My only little extra was to replace my cheap plastic pulls with these gorgeous crystal cut glass pulls. Small investment for a HUGE improvement.

Add a drum shade to your ceiling fan! It only takes 5 minutes with this easy DIY!

(It’s worth mentioning you’ll need a “spider” style drum shade. Mine had 3 arms which worked fantastic for fitting them over the 3 bulbs. The centre of the spider slipped right onto the threaded bolt in the middle of the fixture, and the nut holds it in place).

Add a drum shade to your ceiling fan! It only takes 5 minutes with this easy DIY!

Total. Improvement. Pictures just can’t do it justice because it actually changes the whole feeling of the room. It went from this purely function-only, don’t-look-at-me-fixture, to a pretty addition to the room. It’s a piece of the puzzle, instead of this thing I’m trying to ignore.

Oh, and the fact that it took ZERO electrical maneuvering, and literally took 5 minutes to get the job done, was kind of the best thing ever.

Here’s an extra tip… if you need a little more post length, (I did), to fit your drum shade to your fixture, you can use a post adaptor. This is what you’re looking for:

Add a drum shade to your ceiling fan! It only takes 5 minutes with this easy DIY!

I found this one in the lighting aisle at the hardware store (during another lighting project). Everything was in this package with the lighting posts:

Add a drum shade to your ceiling fan! It only takes 5 minutes with this easy DIY!

And, here is how it would look put together when attaching your drum shade to your fan ceiling fixture:

Add a drum shade to your ceiling fan! It only takes 5 minutes with this easy DIY!

Good luck updating those ceiling fans people! Make ’em pretty!

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