So after an amazing Holiday and being away for a whole month, its time to pick up where we left off with –
Decorating part 3
When we moved into our house, all the front windows had matching wooden slat blinds. We need them as our house opens up straight onto the pavement, and without the blinds people would be able to see straight into our lounge and dining room. We have the same blinds upstairs and downstairs, so across all of the seven front windows the blinds give a neat and matching finish. One of the reasons for decorating downstairs was to try and make the rooms lighter, as with the blinds in place it restricts the amount of natural light we get. I explored a few different options, most of them involved the cost of new blinds in different styles which wasn’t part of our budget. The decision was made to paint them and I set to researching how to do this on the internet. All the sites I came across presented similar steps – take the blinds down, take them apart, clean them up, give them a light sand, paint them and then put them back together.
Each blind had over 100 slats and both sides of the slats needed painting. We used white wood paint for the job and set up an area in the lounge using a pasting table and any other surface that was free. I painted one side of the slat, along with one edge and left it to dry. I then returned and painted the other side and edge. Each slat needed two coats. I am guessing you can already see what a lengthy process this became!!
We had four blinds to do, two from the lounge and two from the dining room, which meant nearly 500 slats needed painting on both sides and with two coats. What seemed like such a good idea became a massive mission!! We also needed to replace the cord in the blinds used to raise them and open and close them. I bought cord from Dunelm Mill as they had a fab selection of colours and thicknesses.
When the slats were all finally painted, we put the blinds back together using the new white cord we had bought and then put the blinds back up in the windows. I am glad to report that we were really happy with the finished look and it definitely helped make the room lighter. It had been worth all the effort and had cost around £30.00 for the paint and the cord.
Would I recommend this process to anyone?…… yes I would but please be fully aware of the mission you are taking on! Helpful tips if you are venturing into the world of painting blinds.
- – When taking the blinds apart ensure you know exactly how they come apart and therefore how they will go back together.
- – Set up a good drying area when you have started painting. Ideally you need a large flat surface with a couple of raised platforms to rest the slats on.
- – When buying the new cord, buy extra as it can be difficult to tell how much cord you will need.
- – When taking the cord out, again remember how it was thread through the blind as you will need to replicate this with the new cord.
- – If working with more than one blind, keep the slats for each blind separate.
- – Allow plenty of time for this task.
This is an amazing money saving task as new blinds are not cheap, especially if like us you have unusual window sizes so any blind has to be specially made.
If I were to do this again I would explore the option of spray paint to see if that would give them a good coat without having to take them apart – you never know!!