The Shack: Our Little Poconos Getaway and Ditching the Dated Ceiling Fan (Post #31 )

Welcome back!  Last time on Kristine Robinson’s Interiors we discussed the light fixture in the dining area at The Shack.  Today, I’d like to show you how we updated the very ugly, old ceiling fan.

Many people have a love/hate relationship with ceiling fans.  In areas with a vaulted ceiling, they are often a must…it’s really necessary to move the air at all times of year.  In the winter, the heat will rise and collect near the ceiling, and a good ceiling fan will help push that air back down into your living space, where it’s needed.  In the summer, the fan can help to circulate the air and create a nice gentle breeze while creating a more even temperature throughout the space.

The Shack has a ceiling fan above the main living space.  I’m pretty certain it was installed right when our vacation home was built–in the mid 1980’s.  It’s golden oak with shiny brass details.


Before: The main living area of The Shack, as seen here with it’s original sponge painted yellow walls, multiple unattractive flooring materials and various other dated elements, including the tired old ceiling fan.  You can see that it’s straight out of the 1980’s with it’s shiny brass and oak details.


BEFORE: When seen from above, the ceiling fan becomes super important. In addition, it provides general lighting for the main living area. Unfortunately, the style of light fixture on this old ceiling fan causes a ‘strobe light’ effect every time both the light and ceiling fan were switched on. The light flashes with each spin of the blades.  It’s extremely disturbing, I can assure you!

So I started scouting around for a simple, updated ceiling fan.  The fan we choose must accommodate the steeply sloped ceiling, and we’ll certainly have to order a longer down-rod extension.  I’ve also decided a bronze finish would work better with our mountain house feel in The Shack.  And I definitely want to keep some form of lighting as part of the fan as well.

Kendal Ventura Ceiling Fan

This is the Kendal Ventura Ceiling Fan. I purchased the 52″ version for The Shack. It’s very simple and has an updated feel with rustic elements. The metal portions are an oil rubbed bronze and the blades are a medium walnut stain.

Ceiling Fan at The Shack

And here is the newly installed ceiling fan at The Shack. As you can see, it looks great with our new fireplace mantel. The wood tones blend with the other stained wood we’ve used in our renovations at The Shack.

Ceiling Fan with light at The Shack

The ceiling fan provides a nice amount of general lighting to the main seating area at The Shack. In this shot, you can see how it relates to the furniture below. Such an improvement over that nasty old 1980’s dated fan!

Ceiling Fan at The Shack above the Living Area

One last view of our our new ceiling fan at The Shack. Here you can see across toward the dining area. I love how that planked ceiling turned out. It’s such a nice feature in the main floor living area, and makes such an improvement over that old cottage cheese ceiling!

Thanks for joining me today, for the latest installment on our renovations at The Shack.  Something as simple as a ceiling fan has so much impact on the overall design and comfort in a home.  It’s definitely worth the effort to replace and update those dated fixtures!
There’s still a lot more to share with you, so I hope you’ll stick around as I post the before and afters in our little Poconos mountain house. Until then, make sure to like Robinson Interiors on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, and DO stay tuned for future updates on The Shack!

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