It was surprisingly simple to take this apart. First I removed the light bulbs and glass shades, which I then cleaned.
|Whoa, quite dusty in there.|
I was sure to keep all the hardware in a little cup so it didn't get lost. There were screws and a spring clip to keep track of.
TIP: Paint the backs of the blades too. I neglected to do this, and you can sort of see the dark color that faces up to the ceiling. As soon as I noticed, I had already screwed everything in place and didn't have a chance to redo it.
The blades spent the night outside to clear away all the paint fumes, and in the morning I reassembled the fan.
Dimples and Tangles:
Back to my fan: I also washed the decoupaged paper off of the glass lamps (a "genius" idea I had a few months back; sadly, I went with an ugly paper that was lying about in my craft stash). Then I painted the inside of the glass white to tone down the harshness of the bulbs.