How to Paint your Wooden Blinds
Stylish wooden blinds are a popular choice in many homes, offering both a practical and aesthetically pleasing window dressing solution.
The most common design, wooden Venetian blinds, allow the user control over the amount of light entering the room via alteration of the slats, which also provide the desired level of privacy. The slats not only have insulating properties, but are also simple to maintain, with a simple brush down with a cloth sufficient for regular cleaning.
As is only natural when using timber, a certain amount of fading and staining can occur over time, and the blind can begin to look past its best. At this time, some may be tempted simply to replace the whole thing, but this is an unnecessary cost when you discover how easy it is to bring new life back to your blinds with a little paint…
1. Take the blinds down
The first step is to take the blinds down. Painting them while they’re still attached is possible, but makes the job much trickier than it needs to be – not to mention putting your safety at risk while climbing all over ladders and chairs to reach those higher slats. Some blinds may just be resting on runners at the top of the window frame and will be easily detached, while others might require a flathead screwdriver to remove pegs from the bottom rung and each slat taken off separately.
With the blind removed from the window, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a good clean. Not only will this help to improve the look of the blind, it will also remove any dirt or grit that might otherwise have damaged the surface during painting. A damp cloth is best for this, with wood-friendly cleaning products and an old toothbrush necessary for tougher stains.
You can now paint the slats using an appropriately sized brush. Make sure you cover the whole slat, including the sides as these will still be visible when they are fully or partially opened. A second coat may be necessary depending on the quality of the paint or the desired look you’re going for – give some consideration to whether you’d prefer a matte or gloss finish. Make sure you give the blinds sufficient time to dry.
4. Reattach the blinds
Reattach the blinds carefully by reversing the procedure in step 1. Make sure that every slat is put back the right way round, as failing to do this will affect both operation and appearance. The cords that run through the slats may require a new knot in the bottom, consequently impacting on their length, which may need adjusting in order to keep the slats level.
Here at Gemini Blinds, we stock a wide range of attractive wooden blinds, all available at highly competitive prices. Our team are on hand to carry out free home surveys, accurately measuring your window space before providing you with a quote. So if you’re looking for a stylish wooden blind in the North West area, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Gemini Blinds today!