One of the very first projects I worked on when we moved into our home was updating a few of the ceiling fans. There wasn't a thing wrong with them except, well...THIS!
So, about the only thing right was that is worked. I disassembled as many pieces as I could. I found that spraying each individual piece created a more professional look instead of taking a can of spray paint to the whole fixture. The screws were stuck in pieces of styrofoam for spraying. I wiped down each piece to remove the last 25 years of dust off. I did not sand or prime before I sprayed the metal areas.
Notice the gold detail on the blades? Major yuck! I simply sanded the surfaces to remove any finishes and stained with Minwax Dark Walnut stain. I did flip the blades over so that all shades of gold are now on the top side.
The only money I spent on the project was the new glass shades that ran $7 each. I have since found a place to buy them cheaper. This project didn't go without it's excitement though. Upon re-hanging the fixture and flipping the breaker, something went "POP" and I might have seen a bit of smoke. My husband suggested that maybe I shouldn't be doing electrical work in out home. It's not stopped me yet.