Friday, March 8, 2013

Brightening Up Blinds

If you've been reading along, you may have read my posts on redoing my youngest (3 year old) daughter's bedroom. Read here and here to catch up a bit.

Well, after giving the walls a fresh new coat of paint, we noticed that her blinds were looking rather....dingy.

Has anyone else had this problem? 

The sun has completely stained the blinds a yellowish color. There are a couple of contributing factors -- such as this window being positioned to where it gets sun all day long and we live in Colorado and have over 300 days of sunshine a year. But isn't pretty and you can actually see it from the outside of the house as well.

So, we decided to take matters into our own (cheap) hands and PAINT them!

The best way we came up with doing this was to hang them from the garage door track with little bungee cords.

See what we started with? It looks like dirt but they were totally clean...just stained. Yuck!

Here they are up close.

And here's after I painted a bit. Can you tell which side was painted?
Um....I sure hope so. :)

And here they are hanging back in my daughter's room. So much better...and whiter (is that a word?). I'd show you more of the window but I have a few more things to do with it--real soon. Stay tuned!

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  1. That is amazing. I never would have thought about painting them. Our blinds were getting a little aged. I just pulled them all down, complained to the cashier about the cost of blinds as I went through the Home Depot line with 20 blinds. At that time I really wished that we had fewer windows.

    1. Thanks Cynthia. It really brightened them up. I was a little nervous at first so I went very lightly. I was afraid it would make the cord crunchy or something but it really didn't. I definitely recommend a paint such as Rustoleum that is intended for wood and plastic. Blinds are so expensive--I feel your pain.

  2. Are your blinds plastic (vinyl) blinds or real wood (or fake wood)? They took the paint very well...

    I just stumbled across your blog - great ideas - thanks

    1. Hi Dianne--

      The blinds are either plastic or fake wood. They feel pretty much like plastic but they are made to "look" like wood. I made sure to use a paint made for a variety of surfaces such as plastic and wood--to cover all my bases. A paint with built in primer would probably also do well. Hope that helps!



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