Blinds are commonly used in decoration to block sunlight and make the environment more sophisticated. However, the colors and prints of these items become tiresome over time. Fortunately, it is possible to restore and customize the blades by applying some basic techniques. To better understand the process, just follow the instructions and tips presented throughout this article.
Method 1 of 3: Preparing the blind
Step 1. Remove the blind from the wall
Before starting to paint, the item must be placed on a smooth surface so that the color is completely uniform. The uninstall procedure may vary by model and brand of product, but in general the blades can be removed individually from the rail.
Step 2. Remove the blade holder
Blinds usually have small solid plates at the ends that provide greater stability. These components need to be removed to facilitate the application of paint later. You can remove them with the help of a bank card or similar object.
Step 3. Wash the blind
Over time, the blades naturally accumulate dirt particles carried by the wind. Therefore, apply a small amount of neutral detergent and then rinse off the residue with warm water.
- Clean parts outdoors.
- Some models can be placed directly in the washing machine. In this case, place the components inside a pillowcase and start the gentle wash cycle. Remember to read the manufacturer's instructions on the product label.
Step 4. Allow components to dry
Before proceeding, the blind must be completely dry. Therefore, place the blades on a flat surface and, after a few hours, change their positions so that all the moisture accumulated in the fibers can evaporate.
Method 2 of 3: Applying Spray Paint
Step 1. Buy the most suitable paint
Blades are generally manufactured from materials such as fabrics, PCV, wood and aluminium. For this reason, it is important to consider the type of blind when choosing the product.
Step 2. Hang the blades
Try placing the components on a clothesline or wall outside the home. In addition to making the application easier, you'll prevent the paint from splashing on the floor or other decorative objects.
- Cover the wall with canvas or a piece of cardboard to protect the original painting. Then, suspend the blind parts on strategically placed nails.
- Secure the blades to the clothesline with clothes pegs.
- If it is not possible to use an outdoor environment, choose a well-ventilated room.
- Avoid applying the compound on rainy, damp days.
Step 3. Apply the paint
Spread a thin layer over the surface of the blades with regular strokes. After waiting a few minutes, reapply two more coats to make the color even.
You will likely need to reverse the position of the pieces to apply the compound evenly
Step 4. Allow the compost to dry for several hours
Before installing the shade again, make sure the blades are completely dry. Consider waiting overnight if the weather is too humid.
Method 3 of 3: Using a Stencil
Step 1. Leave the shutter components aligned
Place two or three blades on the surface, depending on the size of the stencil you intend to use. Then apply masking tape to keep them fully attached.
Step 2. Position the stencil over the blades
After aligning the pattern, secure the ends with tape to ensure the pattern is applied correctly.
Step 3. Moisten the tip of a brush with a liquid paint of your choice
Add a small amount of compost to prevent the designs from getting thick.
- The paint and brush can be found at specialty craft stores.
- Choose a product compatible with the material of the blind.
Step 4. Apply the paint with the brush
Spread a small amount of pigment into the stencil openings to print the designs. As you go along, dampen the brush bristles again. In this step, use your creativity to make a custom painting.
Step 5. Reposition the stencil
After stamping a part of the blades, place it aligned on the surface where the ink has not yet been applied. Remember to secure the ends of the mold with tape to facilitate application.
Step 6. Repeat the process with all parts of the blind
As you apply ink to the stencil, reposition the blades. After finishing, wait the waiting time indicated by the manufacturer. Before reinstalling components, make sure the surface is completely dry.