Sometimes being a do it yourself kind of gal is a huge blessing and sometimes a curse. Most of the times, it is a HUGE blessing as it has saved me a ton of money to do projects myself. Not to mention the feeling you get when you stand back and say, I did that! I am going to share the lessons learned from Spray Painted Blinds.
A few months back, I completed my closet makeover and needed to change out the burnt orange blinds. The blinds were a good quality metal and were probably a custom-made size. The DIY’er in me said “save money and spray paint them,” so that is what I did.
Lesson #1: Clean thoroughly!
I knew in order to clean properly I would need to soak the blinds to get the dust build-up off of the blind. I decided it would be easier to remove the slats and soak the slats since the handrail should not get wet. I soaked and scrubbed the blinds in my bathtub and laid them flat to dry. I should have also used a degreaser on the slats as well. I thought the soap and water would be enough. Once I sprayed the blinds, a few of the slats crackeld due to build-up on them that I did not get removed. So again, thoroughly clean and clean again and again.
Lesson #2: Don’t underestimate the amount of spray paint needed.
I was thinking I could easily use 2 cans of spray paint on these 2 smaller blinds. WRONG! I used 3 full cans and could have used a small amount from a 4th can. I underestimated the amount that would be wasted on trying to spray the strings to get proper coverage. If I sprayed blinds again I would use Rit dye and dye the strings instead of spray painting. The spray paint also made the strings stiff, so that does affect the how easily the blinds raises and lowers. When deciding to spray paint what you have instead of buying new, you need to calculate the cost of supplies and your time as to whether that outweighs the expense of new blinds.
Lesson #3: Re-stringing the blinds!
Pay attention to how the blinds are strung before you quickly take them apart and think you know what you are doing. I put my blinds back together, held them up to see how they looked and all the slats began to fall out. I just quickly put the string down the center not thinking that I needed to criss-cross the center string around the ladder cord. I “googled it” and saw a few tutorials of how to re-string your blinds.
Lesson #4: Don’t be cheap!
I prefer to have metal blinds over a vinyl blind and I usually do a custom blind so I can have a proper fitting good inside mount. The big hardware stores now have blinds that can be cut to width and they are a nice quality blind. I used one of these for my attic stairway makeover. I priced out what 2 aluminum blinds would be for this space and the cost would be $52. I spent $12 on spray paint but used a lot of my time in cleaning, spraying and re-stringing the blinds. You have to make the decision is your time worth the extra money and having a nice new product.
This is where being an avid DIY’er is sometimes a curse. Just because it can be done as a DIY does not always mean it should be done. I did not think that spray painting 2 small blinds would have taken up so much of my time. In the long run, I think this would have been easier to spend the extra money for the new blinds and saved me a lot of time. But then again, you need me to do these things so I can let you all know not to waste your time! My blinds are done and here to stay, and the next time I will buy new ones! If you love my valance, you can read how I made it on this post: no sew tie valance.