Have a bedroom that is hard to keep cool in the summer? Consider installing a ceiling fan! We moved a ceiling fan from one room in our house into our bedroom to help cool things down. Hands down one of the best home improvement decisions we made!
I’ve been house shopping! Before you freak out, this is NOT a post about us moving to a new house. By house shopping I mean looking for ways to reuse things that already exist in my house in a new and fun way. It’s the perfect way to Work What You’ve Got! I’m super excited because this is the first post in this series and I can’t believe we didn’t do this project sooner! It’s full-on summertime here in Richmond VA! The nighttime temps have been in the 80’s and it is H-O-T and we’ve been feeling it. Our master bedroom is above the garage, which means that we are almost completely surrounded by exterior walls, making our room the most difficult room to keep cool in the summer. (Winter isn’t really a problem since heat rises and we like lots of blankets.) We switch out the bedding to a very thin blanket and leave the door open, but it still gets pretty hot. This weekend, while I was sick in bed, I guess Jesse decided he had enough and he fixed our problem by installing a ceiling fan. Yep. We put a ceiling fan in our bedroom! I know people have mixed feelings about ceiling fans, but this one is way cuter than our old light fixture and it keeps us from having a heat stroke, plus it was free since we stole it from the guest room. For now our old light is in the guest room, but I’ve got plans for in there too! Let’s talk about how we made this happen. It wasn’t an overly simple move because there wasn’t a support bracket in the master bedroom ceiling. But nothing a trip to Lowe’s can’t fix! We got one of these brackets for around $20 and it only took Jesse an hour to install it. And here it is installed in the attic. (Excuse the picture, Jesse took it on his phone)
There is a small hook type piece that the fan hangs from the fan plate, so you can use both hands to do the wiring and you don’t need someone to hold it up for you. I was in bed under the covers when I took a lot of these pictures. Did I mention it was like 9pm when Jesse decided to do this?I’m absolutely in love with the way the fan works in with our bedroom decor. It really makes things look more put together, plus it feels glorious to have it going at night. It definitely classes things up a bit!I love that this project was practically free and definitely made a difference in our bedroom. I’m really hoping to finish up painting the master bath this weekend and work on another project. We haven’t had the drywall replaced in the guest room yet, so things are a bit crazy on that half of the house right now.
What do you think about ceiling fans? How about “house shopping”? Do you have any projects that have just been sitting on your to-do list?