I have been wanting to try to paint my 30 year old mini blinds. Yes, you heard right. That may be a slight exaggeration, but not by much. When mini blinds first came out, we decided to have them custom made through Sears. We have 11 windows, and 3 doors. Of the 11 windows 2 are huge picture windows. They came out and measured, and delivered brownish aluminum mini blinds. For the most part, they have held up really well over the years. I couple of slats have gotten bent here and there, but being aluminum, I’ve been able to bend them back. I am gradually making some changes in my living room. A few months ago I removed the carpet to expose my original hardwood floor. I plan to paint, change up the dreaded fireplace, and yes, change the mini blinds. Because the picture windows are so large, I do not have the $$$$ to buy new blinds. I decided to start with a blind from the back door that NO one ever uses. I only use the door when I go out to hang clothes on the line. That way if the experiment didn’t work, I could easily purchase a cheap vinyl mini blind to replace it. I put it in the bathtub and washed it really good, hung it up to dry before I started painting. Below are pictures of how I did this.
It’s very difficult to see the true color of this blind while it is hanging on my makeshift holder. You can see that I used a clothes hanger (on wheels).
I bent a couple of wire hangers to hold my blind.
I turned the slats so that they were mostly closed. I used cheap gray spray primer first.
In this picture you get a better idea of the original color. The top portion is the primer, the bottom is the original color.
A closer look.
I sprayed the primer on both sides, in a back and forth motion. I covered the strings, and top and bottom. It took 2 cans of primer for this one small blind.
I then started spraying them with white spray paint.
This is the finished product! I was so pleased, I couldn’t stop smiling. I was amazed at how well it turned out.
I hope that Santa brings me some kind of sprayer so that I can tackle the large blinds in the living room. I would love to do all the blinds, but with the smaller ones, it may make more sense to just replace them a little at a time.
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