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Add a drum shade to a ceiling fan in minutes! Add a drum shade to a ceiling fan in minutes!

Add a drum shade to a ceiling fan in minutes!






Hello all! A couple weeks ago I did a little project that only took about five minutes and buck to complete. So of course I had to show you. :)

I saw an idea in one of my old magazines and then did a little researching online to see if I could figure out how to do it myself. I didn?t find the how-to, but I did find another inspiration picture:

We have a ceiling fan in our family room (this is an updated post from our last house) and even though I?d prefer something prettier, it?s staying for now. It?s necessary for the times the oven starts smoking in the kitchen, the smoke alarm is going off, and opening the windows and flapping the kitchen towel just isn?t cutting it. :)

The fan is darker brown, which I do like. It has three lights as you can see here:

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Nothing awful, but I was inspired by the photos I found and wanted to try something different. I decided I was going to do my best to use what I had on hand to change it up.

I started by taking off the glass covers ? you just squeeze the metal pieces inside and pull the glass off:

Next up ? to figure out how to get my lamp shade to stay on the fan. I had large Goodwill drum shade I planned to use and it was the type with the wire circle at the top of the shade ? the kind you have to use with harp. (More on that in a bit!)

So I stood under the fan for about ten minutes, thinkin? and a thinkin?. I noticed there was a little jobby on the bottom where the pull chain came out. It matched the one on the side:

Because I?ve changed out a meeellion lights in this house, I have plenty of electrical parts laying around. I dug through my stash and found this lamp pipe (also called a nipple):

I knew if I could get it connected to the fan, I could figure this out:

I looked and looked and LOOKED and tried every little trinket I had in my tool box, and nothing worked. Drats.

I was so determined at this point, I was off to the hardware store. :) I looked around for awhile, but couldn?t find the exact piece I needed.  Lowe?s Guy and I both spent a good ten minutes looking through the drawers of nuts and connectors, and still couldn?t find anything that worked. And then Lowe's Guy No. 2 came up to help and suggested I look in?wait for it?the ceiling fan area.
Now, who would have thunk it" :) Bahhhrilliant.

There I found exactly what I was looking for:

Two of these little connectors came in a package for about $1.50. Not bad. They are called couplings and you can find them here...but I recommend you try them out at the store to see what fits.

I threaded the coupling to the fan, put the longer "pipe" into that one, and then put the hole of the lamp shade over the long piece:

I secured the shade up there with a small nut (picture on the right). It worked perfectly!

The original lamp shade I tried was way too big though,...
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