Though it's finally cooling down around here, I completed this a little while ago, so I figured I should go ahead and share.
This is an easy project that will turn any regular tabletop or standing fan into a cool, somewhat retro looking, and overall nicer looking fan.
Now for the complicated instructions: just spray-paint it!
Yep, a coat or two of spray paint will turn a raggedy, cheapo, white-plastic fan into something you won't mind leaving out while company's around.
For mine, I chose to use Rust-Oleum Specialty Hammered Paint For Plastic in Black. I like the hammered texture it gives, plus I got it for only $2 at Big Lots. But, any basic spray paint should work. Test it on a small area to be certain, if you'd like.
|From this (something like this actually).......|
|Close Up, so maybe you can see the hammered texture|
(click on it to enlarge it)