Blinds offer a touch of elegance to any room in the house. They are often overseen as window coverings, but similar to light fixtures, they can also be an important part of room decor. A smart selection of blinds acts as an accent piece, entirely transforming the aesthetics and mood of any room. Replacing some of the blinds for something with a different color or design is a great way of bringing new life to a room without having to spend a fortune.
One of the excellent ways of modifying your home decor and making the room lively is to alter the color of your window blinds. Blinds are expensive and getting them replaced just because you appear bored with the colors isn’t always practical. If you plan to change the color of your blinds, then you can consider painting them which saves you the cost of purchasing new blinds. Painting the blinds also adds personality to a room. Blinds can be painted or spray painted which is a simple way of entirely modifying their appearance without changing them. It may seem intimidating at first, but there is an easy way of removing blinds which makes painting the blinds easy. Here are some tips to make the job easier and more efficient.
Taking Apart the Blinds
Before painting the blinds, the blinds should be taken apart:
- Open the Blinds: Firstly, you will have to open the blinds all the way to avoid them from getting damaged during painting. This is done by pulling the cord of the blinds all the way down until they are as high as they can be pressed up against the upper cover and metallic bar at the peak of the window.
- Removal of Top Cover: For accessing the brackets that secure the blinds in place, the cover located at the top of the blinds should be removed. This is the broad plastic piece passing across the top of the blinds.
- Locating the Brackets: Spare one to two minutes for taking a closer look at the top of the blinds to identify the brackets that are holding them in place. At times, these can be metal pieces running in front of the blinds with one on the far-left side of the blinds and the other on the far right. Else, the brackets might be present above the blinds in the small gap between the blinds and the peak of the window attached to the wall.
- Let the Blinds Loose: Using a flat head screwdriver, open the brackets or clips that hold the blinds in position. While doing this, ensure you hold onto the blinds just if they loosen quickly falling towards you. Typically, you have to be able to open the clips or brackets with the screwdriver without the blinds falling.
- Stay organized: Mark the hardware and ensure that you remember the corresponding parts for making the reassembly easy. Number every slat so that you will know where exactly it was located in the blind.
Preparation of the Slats
The next step is to prepare each slat surface. Clean each slat surface using detergent mixed with water. Using non-corrosive remover, try removing previous paint, if any.
Fill in any scratches or holes which can be achieved with a patch kit. Once the slat surface is smooth and clean, the first coat of semi-gloss latex finish or satin should be applied and allowed to dry for 24 hours. You will have to apply for a second coat depending on the job.
- Hanging of the Slats :Now, it is time to paint the blinds. Using eyehooks, the first slat should be hung from the ceiling. The eye hooks should be screwed into the ceiling and then a string piece should be attached which has to be threaded through the slat.
- Patterns and Painting :Before you start painting, finalize the color or pattern. Check out your choices by trying them on a scrap piece of cardboard or wood. Cover the complete slat with light coats of spray paint. A sponge or other materials can be used to provide texture to the blinds. While doing this, ensure not to cover any holes present in the hardware.
- Place each painted slat with the other slats after they dry. Ensure that the slats are placed in order. Since fine differences are sometimes present between them, an improperly placed slat can make the operation of the blinds difficult.
- Once you have finished painting the blinds and are pleased with the outcome, consider giving it a clear finished touch. This helps to preserve the artwork by avoiding chips and other damages.
- Carefully, reattach the blinds by ensuring that each slat is put back in its original place because failing to do so will impact their appearance as well as operation.
- The cords passing through the slats will need a new knot at the bottom, thereby affecting their length, which requires adjusting to keep the slats level.
If you have been looking at your blinds for ages, then you are likely to have got bored of the same color. Or else, you might have shifted to a new place with the same old blinds and are looking to jazz them up. Rather than rushing out to purchase new color blinds, you can simply paint them. Begin with removing your blinds for painting, preparing them ready to be colored, and then start painting.