Sometimes being a do-it-yourself kind of gal is a huge blessing and sometimes a curse. Most of the time, it is a HUGE blessing as it has saved me a ton of money on my home projects. Not to mention the feeling you get when you stand back and say, I did that! I am going to share the 5 important lessons learned from these 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 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 Blinds thoroughly!
In order to properly clean the mini-blinds, 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 headrail should not get wet. After I soaked and scrubbed the blinds in my bathtub, I laid them flat on towels to dry.
Hindsight- 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 crackled due to build-up on them that I did not get removed. So again, thoroughly clean, clean again, and clean 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 decided to spray paint window blinds again I would use Rit dye and dye the strings instead of spray paint. The spray paint also made the strings stiff, so that does affect how easily the blinds raise and lower.
If you are deciding on painting blinds instead of buying new ones, you must calculate the cost of supplies and your time to determine if the cost savings of spray painted blinds outweigh the expense of new blinds.
Lesson #3: How to re-stringing blinds!
Pay attention to how the blinds are strung before you quickly take them apart. Since I did not do this step, I discovered it the hard way. After I put my blinds back together and held them up to see how they looked, 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. Once I googled how to restring blinds and read a tutorial, it still took me 3 times before I got it right.
After the first side was done, the rest were much easier and faster to restring.
Lesson #4: Don’t be cheap!
When deciding on a mini blind, I prefer to have metal blinds over a vinyl blind. Metal blinds look nicer and last longer. I usually do a custom blind so I can have a proper fitting inside mount. The big hardware stores now have blinds that can be cut to width and they are nice quality blinds. I used one of the cut-to-width blinds for my attic stairway, and love how it looks and the price compared to a custom-made blind.
When I priced out what 2 aluminum blinds would be for this space and the cost would be $52. I spent $12 on spray paint and 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 or is having a nice new product better?
Lesson #5: DIY isn’t always best!
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 on the new blinds, which would have 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. As for the next time, I might consider buying new ones! However, if the cost savings is over $100, I would spray paint my blinds again.
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Questions on how to paint blinds
- What paint is best for spray painting blinds? I recommend to use a primer and paint in one(< this is my favorite). This will save you time from having to prime and paint seperaletly.
- Do I need to seal after painting blinds? Yes, you need to seal the blinds after painting. This adds protection for a longer lasting finish. I like this clear matte sealer.
- Can you spray paint other materials beside metal blinds? Yes, you can spray paint plastic as well as wood using the same products mentioned above.
- Do I have to remove the string before painting? If you want a nice paint finish, the answer is yes. Removing the string gives you a better finish which will make the blind look like it was custom made. It is also easier then trying to paint around the string.
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