Yes, wooden blinds can be painted. Take them apart for the cleanest look so you can paint the slats without smearing paint on the cables. To eliminate dust and grime, vacuum or wipe the blinds. Set up a work area where each slat may be placed across while the paint cures.
What type of paint should I put on my wooden blinds?
Using a paintbrush, paint one side of each slat using acrylic based enamel paint. This paint will last for a long time and is easy to clean. Paint the edges of the slats, and then replace them on the tarp.
Painting Wooden Blinds
Wooden Venetian blinds give the user control over the light that enters the room by adjusting the slats, while also providing the required level of seclusion. The slats are not only light-blocking, but are also easy to clean, requiring only a simple brushing with a towel on a regular basis.
As is to be expected when working with wood, some fading and staining can occur over time, and the blind may begin to look worn out. Some people may be tempted to simply replace the blinds at this point, but this is an unnecessary expense after you read how simple it is to give your blinds new life with a little paint. Changing the color of your window blinds is one of the most effective methods to update your decor and breathing new life into a room. You may paint or spray paint wooden blinds to entirely modify their appearance without having to replace them. Although it may appear difficult at first, there is a straightforward way for disassembling wooden blinds that makes painting them a breeze.
Blind Slats Must Be Removed
- Set Up Your Workspace
- To protect the floor from paint spatter, lay down a tarp. Choose a quiet spot where the painted blinds may cure without being disturbed.
- Spray painting vinyl or imitation wooden blinds in the manner suggested below is also an option. You may not need to do this if your blind slats already have texture.
- Remove the blinds
- Taking down the blinds is the first step. Painting them while they’re still attached is acceptable, but it makes the process a lot more difficult – not to mention risking your safety by climbing ladders and chairs to reach the higher slats.
- Some blinds may just rest on runners at the top of the window frame and can be quickly removed, while others may involve removing pegs from the bottom rung with a flathead screwdriver and removing each slat individually.
- Slat Fasteners should be removed.
- Take out the slats. With a flat-head screwdriver, lift up the bottom slat and gently remove the plastic or wooden pegs in the bottom rail. Cut the knot at the bottom of the strings and pull them out of the holes where the pegs were. Remove the bottom rail from the strings by sliding it off.
- Slat Strings to be Removed
- Pull the main strings all the way up to the top rail, up and out of all the slats. Set them away with care, being careful not to tangle them.
- With the window blind removed, this is the ideal time to clean it thoroughly. This will not only improve the blind’s appearance, but it will also remove any debris or grit that may have harmed the surface during the painting process. For stubborn stains, use a moist cloth and wood-safe cleaning chemicals, as well as an old toothbrush.
- Slats are lightly sanded (Optional)
- If your slats are really smooth and slick, you may wish to touch them up with sandpaper to ensure appropriate paint adhesion.
- Painting Slats for Wooden Blinds
Using a brush of proper size, paint the slats immediately. Cover the entire slat, including the sides, as these will be seen when fully or partially opened. Depending on the quality of the paint or the appearance you want to achieve, you might need a second coat. Think about whether you want a matte or gloss finish. Allow plenty of time for the blinds to dry. To avoids streaks and runs, apply the paint evenly with a brush or a sprayer.
- Slats should be primed
- Spray the primer on each slat until it is evenly coated. The spray primer will adhere to bare wood as well as wood that have been coated with oil or water-based finishes. Allow the slats to dry.
- Prop your slats up on something tiny, like a little piece of wood, to keep them from sticking to whatever you’re spraying them on top of, like the tarp.
- Prime Other Side
- Spray primer on the opposite side of the slats. Allow them to dry for the appropriate amount of time.
- Slats with one side painted
- Using a paintbrush, paint one side of each slat using acrylic-based enamel paint. This paint will last a long time and is easy to clean. After painting the edges, place each slat back on the tarp. Allow the slats to dry for the amount of time specified on the paint canister.
- The Other Side of the Painting
- Repaint the opposite side of the slats. Allow them to dry for the specified amount of time.
- Reinstall the blinds.
Carefully reattach the blinds. Make sure that every slat is reinstalled the correct way around, as this will affect both the operation and the aesthetic of the system. The slat cords may require a new knot on the bottom, affecting their length, which may need to be adjusted to maintain the slats level.
- Reinsert the slats into the strings
- Before reinstalling them in the strings, make sure the paint has thoroughly dried. It generally takes a few hours.
- Getting all of the slats back into the notches and facing the same direction takes a little time. Because there is less stress on the strings when the blinds are placed on the table, it is easier.
- Blinds should be attached to window brackets
- The blinds simply click back into place in their brackets, and the cornice piece is placed on top.
- Check that the cords are working properly and that all of the slats are seated in the strings at the correct angle.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.