With S away for a few days for a quick trip to Spain, or wherever he ended up, I sized the opportunity to swap out the old, outdated ceiling fan with the Eden pendant lamp from CB2:
The entire project took about an hour and makes a world of difference. First, I got up on a stool and vacuumed the ceiling fan. I discovered thick caked-on sawdust in every nook and cranny, which made me assume that the previous owners never cleaned the fans after having all the floors in the house sanded and refinished (not to mention the thick mass of spider webs). Gross.
Next I removed all of the fan blades with the screwdriver bit attached to the drill.
Next I unscrewed a few wire nuts and viola, hole in the ceiling:
Blades headed for the trash (not really, I'll clean them and sell or donate the whole thing):
So now instead of having the giant outdated ceiling fan in my office, I have this lovely drum pendant giving off cool, soothing light.