Saturday, December 5, 2009

Spray Painting Blinds



I was excited to see that the girls over at Shanty2Chic were hosting a Rust-Oleum linky party, because as you know, spray paint is one of my best friends!  Seriously, is there anything that can't be made better with a few coats of spray paint?

The most dramatic change I've ever made with spray paint is when I decided to spray paint our blinds in our living room.  We were on a SUPER tight budget when remodeling the house, so spending close to $100 for new blinds in that room was OUT.  They were already sturdy and in good condition anyway - just ugly.

I was very skeptical that this would work, and googled the heck out of spray painting blinds and came up with nothing.

We hung the blinds outside on the swing set





And Jarrod commenced the spraying with Rustoleum's Espresso in a Satin Finish






Here's the Before:




and the MUCH improved with a can of spray paint after:



These were faux wood blinds, probably made out of some sorty of vinyl or plastic.  But they had a fake wood grain in them which you can still see, so these really do look like espresso stained wood blinds! 

Perfect!

Check out what others are doing with their spray paint at this party:


Shanty 2 Chic


69 comments:

  1. I had been contemplating doing the same thing to my wood blinds in the kitchen. Now I know they will turn out wonderful!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. I was going to spray paint mine but Im going to leave them Pall Mall crème color!

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    2. Can I lay them down on something and spray paint? I'm not sure where I can hang them from to ditsy paint then???

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  2. Brilliant idea. Why didn't I think of that?

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  3. what a great idea! they turned out great!

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  4. I think they look fantastic! I would have never thought of that!!!

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  5. This is a great idea! I have never heard of painting your mini blinds before. They turned out amazing!

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  6. They look great!! I would have never thought of doing that. Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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  7. What a fabulous idea to makeover your blinds! I love how they turned out, great job!

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    1. Was checking out this idea and amazed to see another kimm my first name also

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  8. That is brilliant! I had no idea that you could spray paint blinds. Yours look fabulous!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  9. Wow! They look so much better. Spray paint is truly magical!

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  10. You are my hero! Amazing what spray paint can do. Love this.

    XO*Tricia

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  11. I am so glad you shared this...I had been thinking about spraying my blinds in my bedroom but hadn't got up enough nerve to do so!...Great job.

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  12. Never, ever would have thought of this - thanks so much for sharing!!

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  13. Hello ~I've just strolled in for my first visit...I've enjoyed taking a peek at your past posts. You've got so many wonderful ideas. Your blog is so beautifully inviting.
    We share similar taste for so many of the same creative design elements.

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  14. I LOVE those!!! I want to do that in my upstairs room (that is totally a playroom right now and a future MAKEOVER). You are so creative!

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  15. I am including this on my Inspire My Saturday Feature today.
    Thanks for sharing.

    XO*Tricia

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  16. Wow, they turned out great! What an awesome idea..thanks. I have some old blinds I would like to spray paint!

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  17. could you spray paint over all the dust on my old blinds??? LOL... this is a GREAT idea and I'm totally doing it! Thanks!

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  18. I've been wondering about this! Your blinds look great! How are they holding up?

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  19. I'm going to be trying this today... we have the ugliest pink metal blinds you've ever seen in our bedroom that I am re-doing, but after moving across the country I don't have the money to replace... I'm going to prime them first, but I'll let you know how they hold up!

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  20. Its an amazing idea!! Thank you very much for sharing this.

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  21. Wow! I thought that was brand new, Stef! How much is that spray paint? We have a lot of old blinds at home, and I was thinking if I can also repaint them to make them look new... =]

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  22. Different views and approach for maintaining the decoration of Blinds.

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  23. do they still roll up? my husband is skeptical because he thinks once the strings have been spray painted they will get hard and no longer work. update?

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  24. I was wondering about spray painting the strings also...how did that work? Is the paint holding up?

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  25. P.S. You have such amazing and simple ideas!! I'm DEFINITELY doing the faux wainscoting thing. So cool!

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  26. Did you need to Sand them down first? Primer?

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  27. I love the idea and how the atmosphere of the room has changed with the newly colored blinds. From plain to homely. Sorry for the first description. ;P Though artificial, it still has the effect of genuine wood blinds in a room – warmth. Great job! :D

    Roxie Tenner

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  28. does anyone have any information on how the strings hold up after spray painting? That's the only thing holding me back. Please help!!

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  29. Does anyone know what happens to the strings when they are spray painted?

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  30. Good job, Stef! Since I work at night and sleep during the day, I want my room to be dimmed, but the white window blinds are still too bright even when they’re closed. Thanks for this brilliant idea. I will definitely try this on my room’s vinyl blinds. =)

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  31. What about the STRINGS? Did you spray paint those as well? I have faux wooden slat blinds and I want to paint them white. Do I cover the strings with painters tape or just paint over the strings?
    Thanks for the advice,
    Michelle

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  32. painted strings holding up? I have 5 huge custom windows in our living room and it would be close to 1000 bucks to replace. Loving the idea of spray painting them.....if I knew about the strings...
    please let us know,
    Thanks thanks thanks

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  42. had anyone confirmed if the strings are affected. i am concerned once painted they wont roll up correctly.

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  44. how about one of the other 10 people that asked about the strings and then painted their blinds anyway come back and comment about the strings?

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    1. So I've been working on this for a few days now. Strings seem to do fine after sprayed. I started using a spray gun after it took a whole can and I didn't even get done with 1 of my smaller blinds. Huge tip.....spray the top side completely so they are parallel to the ground and let it dry. Then hang it upside down so the now painted side is resting on the strings to paint the bottom. This will help eliminate the line you get from the strings.

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  45. Yes, I second that what the other Anonymous said ^^ .
    I am waiting to hear someone elses experience before I do this. Thanks.

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  46. I decided that if I do spray the cords, it will be after the slats have been removed. I can't see how there could not be marks from the paint as this blogger painted hers. And I'm a bit bothered that she hasn't replied to any of the pleas for response on this subject.

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  47. what about the cords and the strings?!

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  48. JUST TELL US ABOUT THE DAMN STRINGS!

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  49. I have not tried this myself but being a big spray painter of almost everything, there is a high likelihood the paint will not stay on the strings as it is only a coating. When the cord rolls repeatedly over the metal when pulling blinds up and down it is bound to roll or wear off. Dying the cord would be a pain, but would give the best end result, and then only if the cord has plenty of cotton in it to take the dye.

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  50. Just paint it....that's what I did today!

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  51. I went from white to espresso and love it. Brilliant idea!

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  55. I just saw this post on spray painting blinds. Wow, how neat this is, but I have a question....does the paint affect the strings? My blinds in my bedroom are very large because I have an oversize window, so I need to know if the paint will stay on the strings or will it come off when the blinds are raised up or down?

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  57. I know this post is several years old, but as folks are still posting, I thought I would too. Firstly, to say nice work on the blinds and secondly to ask/seek out ideas from those who may have done something similar for suggestions on how best to hang the blinds outside (if I don't have a swing-set frame to temporarily hi-jack!)?? - Of course I could do it on the floor on a drop cloth, one side at a time, but I have 3 blinds I will need to do, and figure that is going to take some time. Also, can anyone comment as to how much spray paint they needed for their blind and the size of teir blind, so I can use that as a reference for how much I might need and so I can weigh up the cost of the paint and time vs. buying new blinds in the color I want?! Thanks all!

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  58. I used one can to do a small basement window blind. I had to lay mine down on an old piece of wood because I didn't have an option for hanging it. This took a while because I had to keep repositioning it to ensure full coverage. As for the strings, I was a little alarmed at first because they were stiff and if I pulled up the blind the string seemed to buckle all the way up the blind which looked awful. I do not usually pull any of my blinds up unless I'm cleaning the window so it isn't an issue. All I ever do is open and close the blinds which is fine and they look wonderful. I will definitely be spraying the other two that I have but somehow will figure out how to hang them.

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