Spray Painted Ceiling Fan and Zucchini Spice Cake

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First of all let me start off by apologizing for not posting "FREE Friday Deals" last Friday. Today is my Grandmother's 100th birthday and I got completely caught up in making a movie of her life. When I get involved in something I forget everything else, even what day it is. I am back now and ready for some new projects and today's Penny Pinching Party!

Here are some things I have done this week:

Do you remember this fan that I spray painted last year?

Confession: a few months after spray painting it, we broke off one of the lights when moving a couch. We tried to glue it on with several different glues that claimed they could do the job, but sadly the light could not be fixed, so it stayed on the ceiling broken until this week. We took a fan from our basement family room (it won't be missed there since it is a basement and stays cool without a fan) and I painted it white. I forgot to take a picture before we took it down, but I'm sure you have seen a gold and white fan before.
I found an old can of heat resistant spray paint that I had used 12 years ago on an avocado green range hood. It was the only white spray paint I had in the garage and now my fan is heat resistant! No sanding or priming. I just covered up the motor and started spraying. I find that I don't need to rough up the surface and use primer first on things that don't get touched by my kids. Since the fan is on the ceiling, I think it will be safe.
I can't decide if I like white or dark brown better. The white is cheerful, but the dark brown is rich. What do you think?

I must have been on a roll this week because I also made cake! It has been a while since I have wanted to turn on the oven, but Fall has made me feel more like baking and heating up my house with warm oven treats. I found a recipe for Zucchini Spice Cake with Browned Butter Frosting at Utah Deal Diva.

It was soooooo good! It was also a good way for me to use up some zucchini that got way too big in my garden. The only thing I did different than the Utah Deal Diva was whole wheat flour instead of white, a little less sugar and no nuts (I love nuts, but my kids hate them in cake). Because of the spices, my cake turned out the same color even with the whole wheat and my kids couldn't tell.


  1. white! it just fades away into the ceiling. and wow, happy bday to your grandma! hope i remember to come back and link up!

    i'm having a bday giveaway to csn if you'd like to enter, just stop on by.


  2. Yes, white does a good job fading into the ceiling and making more visual space in the room. You can never go wrong with white.

  3. I think it would look fabulous if you kept the paddles white and sprayed the light fixture part dark brown. :) Great job though!

  4. Happy Birthday to your Grandma! Thanks for hosting!! :) FYI my Halloween Pinwheels only cost me a $1!!! :)

  5. You did a great job on the fan and the cake looks TOOOOO GOOOOOD!


    Jaime and Jen Dish

  6. Great job on you ceiling fan. Thanks for hosting today!

  7. I like the white ceiling fan. Thanks for hosting this party!

  8. I love the white! It's so much more airy! Thanks for sharing and hosting!
    I apologize for not linking back. I'm a bit new of a blogger and have never done that, but I will find out and link next time!

  9. Looks great! I like it! We had white fans in our last house! Thanks for hosting!