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Can Wood Blinds Be DIY Painted At Home?

Can Wood Blinds Be DIY Painted At Home?

Wood blinds are efficient and effective window coverings that give your room a classic look. Besides ensuring your privacy, these blinds give you a complete hold on the amount of light entering your room. Also, wood blinds regulate the temperature thus making your life much more comfortable.

A common question that comes up is: can you paint your wood blinds at home? The answer is yes.

You can paint your wood blinds once again at home to give your windows and room a perfectly new look. You can completely change the look of your wood blinds by painting them without replacing them with a new one thus saving time and money both. Firstly it may sound impossible and difficult to DIY paint wood blinds, however, several easy and quick methods are there that will help you in easily disassembling all your wood blinds, causing ease in painting them effortlessly.

Painting old wood blinds is indeed a great idea as it can completely change your room’s look and also give a new life to your window blinds. It also saves a lot of money on replacing your old blinds. Besides being highly efficient, wood blinds are also prone to wear and tear. So, you can restore them just by getting them painted. Before you begin, please double check with your blind manufacturer or retailer for recommendations, as all blinds are different.

  • Choosing the Right Place

The initial step towards painting your old wood blinds is to choose the right place for doing the whole painting process. If possible choose an isolated area so that there won’t be any disturbance while drying the painted blinds. Use some floor covering so that paint won’t splatter on the floor and make it untidy.

  • Disassembling Old Blinds

After getting all set start disassembling your old wood blinds. Start by removing the slats. For most blinds you should be able to simply pull the slats out of the cord ladder from the sides. For the bottom slats, you may need to remove or release the bottom rail in order to access them.

  • Cleaning Old Blinds

Once you have disassembled the slats, it’s time to get them cleaned before painting them. Remove the dirt, dust, grease or fingerprints deposited on the slats with the help of a clean soft damp cloth.

  • Applying Primer

Before painting your wood blind, it is mandatory to apply primer to it thus allowing the paint to get properly adhered to the blinds and at the same time, it ensures the long life of the paint. Shellac primer is ideal for the purpose as it binds strongly to the bare wood. It is also found to be highly effective if your blinds have oil or water-based coatings.

Spray the shellac primer evenly onto each slat. Allow the slat to dry for the specified period indicated on the primer pack. To protect your wet slats from any kind of dirt or dust, cover them with some protective covering like a small wooden block.

Once one side of your slat gets dried completely, turn the slats to the other side and spray the primer on the other side too. After that let them dry.

  • Colouring

When you are done with priming the slats, you can start painting them – but first ensure whether the primer is dried completely or not. Now using a soft flat painting brush start applying the enamel paint of your choice. For painting wood blinds, acrylic enamel paints are the best as they can be easily cleaned and long-lasting.

Apart from using a paintbrush, you can also use a sponge or sprayer for painting blinds. Apply paint slowly and evenly on one side of a blind at a time and let it dry. Once it gets dried completely flip to the other side and get it painted, followed by drying.

  • Assembling The Slats

Once done with painting the slats, get them assembled again as before. Simply slide the slats back into the cord ladder and you are good to go.

Tips And Tricks

While painting the wood blinds following things should be kept in mind:

  • Choose the colour that complements your window and room interior.
  • If you are not sure about how the colour looks, then firstly try it on a small area before painting your whole slats.
  • Before applying primer, clean the slats thoroughly.
  • Paint the slats evenly and slowly so that there won’t be any streaks.
  • Apply 2-3 coats of colour for better results.
  • If you accidentally spilled the paint on your blinds while painting them then don’t worry it can be removed without harming the blind. You can use paint thinner, white vinegar, liquid detergent soap or chemical paint remover to remove the paint or stains from your blinds. Note one thing that you have to be very fast and remove the spilled paint before it gets dried up.


Wood blinds are always overwhelming and give your room a completely traditional look. Painting them is always a great idea to restore their look and increase life. And if you choose the right colour and follow the correct steps then you can get back your old wood blinds to a new life in no time and that too effortlessly and pocket-friendly pricing.

Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.

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