I’m super excited to be sharing today’s project with you… my mini blind makeover with spray paint and lace.
When it comes to transforming anything lickety split spray paint is always my go to.
But for my window blinds I really needed to take them even further than where spray paint alone could take them.
I really wanted to punch up the fearless fun and funky factor.
Having a spray paint can in my hand always makes me feel decoratively powerful.
Like my home is my decorative oyster, and anything is decoratively possible.
And you know what? It totally is.
Here are the mini blinds that I found at a big box store. I was looking for something cheap and practical and I loved that they were cordless. No worries about the cats playing with or getting tangled in them.
They do their privacy job very nicely but for me they’re kind of… well actually… a whole lotta boring.
Sorry, but I just had to say it.
If you love the blinds white that’s awesome, but I’m a color-loving girl through and through and I need it to keep me sane… especially during our long, cold, and snowy winters.
Years ago, way before this blog was even a glint in my decorating eye, I spray painted a table using a thrifted lace curtain as a stencil.
So I thought… why not try that with my mini blinds?
How hard could it be?
I hammered a few nails between the top rail and the blind slats so I could pull the blind all the way out while it was lying down.
Then came the most tedious part of this project, making sure the slats were where I wanted them to be… somewhat evenly laid out.
They will move on you if you turn your back on them.
I had to give them a good talking to. 🙂
Once all the slats were behaving themselves I laid my $1 thrifted lace tablecloth across the mini blind.
I had already done one of my mini blinds in this pretty aqua blue, but it was a sunnier day and the pictures were terrible.
But, I was able to get all three blinds done with this one tablecloth before it got too stiff from the paint.
Let the lace, or whatever you use, dry before using it on another blind so you don’t get wet paint on it.
This one is getting a berry pink treatment.
The most important thing about spray painting through lace is to always hold the can directly above where you’re painting.
Don’t spray paint from the side. If you do you risk paint getting beneath the pattern that you’re trying to stencil.
For most spray painting projects I do two or three light coats, but because I’m using the lace as a stencil here one light coat is all that’s needed.
If you’re feeling unsure about your technique you can do a test with a spare piece of lace over a small piece of wood or even an old sheet. Whatever you have, just so you can get the hang of the spray painting.
Here’s my mini blind all spray painted.
I quickly removed the lace tablecloth because you don’t want it to dry on your blind, which I left to dry for about 30 minutes.
One thing to keep in mind is that no matter how careful you are when spray painting your mini blind your pattern is not going to be perfect.
And, quite honestly, it’s not supposed to be.
This is a project where you have to be fearless and just go for it… and you don’t stress out about it even one little bit.
After my blind was dry I used a piece of cardboard to protect it so I could spray paint the top rail.
And I did the same for the bottom rail.
That’s all there is to it.
Here’s one living room window before.
And here it is all pink and delicious.
My pattern kind of reminds me of tie-dye without the different colors.
This mini blind makeover with spray paint is an easy way to give blinds some real personality using whatever color you love with any lace curtain or tablecloth pattern.
Just please don’t use something that has sentimental or monetary value. This is a project meant for a cheap thrift store piece.
So here’s the before of the front living room window above my decoupaged floral tablecloth desk.
And here it is now with its happy green makeover.
I don’t have a before picture of this window beside my pink china cabinet, but here’s the aqua blue after.
Now before you go ahead and think that I’ve totally lost my decorating marbles I can assure you that there are reasons for the method of the different color madness.
The first reason for the 3 colors is that I’ve come to know myself well, and I get bored over time and need change. I can easily move these blinds around for a whole new look in the living room.
The second reason is that I’m going to attempt to make my own curtains. Say what?
Oh yes, this non-sewer is going to make repurposed curtains. Out of what? Sorry I can’t say because it’s a secret.
When they’re done all the colors of my living room, aqua, pink, and green will all tie in together. At least that’s what the vision in my head is promising me… and I have to trust that vision. Fingers crossed!
And the third reason is just because I wanted to. lol.
And, quite frankly, I can’t think of a better reason than that. 🙂
Your home should be your decorative oyster, where anything you want to do is absolutely possible.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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