I couldn't help it. Every time I looked at the ceiling lamp I thought it looked moldy. With it's splotchy greenish finish it didn't match anything in the living room -- but can you paint ceiling fans? Well, I thought I might try, and I began blobbing on the black acrylic craft paint. It came out pretty well -- sort of an oil rubbed look, not shiny, and much better than that strange blotchy greenish color. Don't you think?