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DIY How To Paint Fabric Vertical Blinds

When we first moved into our house, all of the window treatments were included. They were a mishmash of modern and extremely dated. 

The vertical blinds in our kitchen being the oldest. I could see why the previous homeowners kept them, though, as they were extremely well made. I would say they are from around 1970. They vertical slats are made of a thick, stiff fabric that looks sort of like woven canvas. 

It was their orangey brown color however, that really gave away their age. 

I decided that it was time to take the plunge and try to revamp my fabric blinds to make them look more modern. 

I scoured the internet for inspiration but came up empty handed. I couldn't find any information on how to change the color of this type of fabric blind. 

So, I threw caution to the wind and decided to do it my own way. Here is how I did it, in case you would like to revamp your blinds as well!

This project wasn't particularly expensive, it was more time consuming than anything else. All together it took me 2 days to complete, with a lot of time sitting around and waiting for my paint to dry. I was working in my kitchen with limited space, so I could only work on 10 blinds at a time out of 30.

Here is what you will need to get started.


- Primer. My blinds were very old and I wanted to block any possible stains from showing through the paint once they were finished. 

- Paint color of your choice. I used an acrylic latex paint in white, as it was what I had on hand.

- Contact paper with a design or a strip of pretty fabric to create a new look for your valance. If you like the design that I used, you can find it on Amazon HERE (Amazon Affiliate Link)

- A Paint brush. I used a 2-inch angle brush. It's nothing fancy. To be honest, I think it came from the dollar store, but I use it for everything!

- A large garbage bag to lay your vertical slats on while painting. Do not skip this step, or your floor will be covered in paint. When I started, I just covered the floor with a sheet and the paint seeped through onto the floor. Then I had to clean the paint up with acetone. Don't make my mistake!

- A fan. This is optional, but it will speed up your productivity as it will make your paint dry quicker.


1. Unhook each blind from the valance. Mine came down quite easily as they are just hooked into little plastic slots at the top. 

Lay your vertical slats on the floor with the back side up.

Paint on a layer or primer. If your blinds were anything like mine, they will really suck up the primer, so don't be alarmed. Make sure you don't leave any bare spots.

Once you have all of the backs of the blinds painted, put the fan on and leave them to dry. Fabric takes quite a bit longer to dry than a hard surface as it is porous. Mine took about an hour until they were dry to the touch.

2. Once they are reasonably dry, flip each blind segment over. Now, apply a coat of primer to the front side of each blind. When you are done, turn on the fan and wait until they are dry.

3. Now that the primer is dry, it's time to paint! Turn all of the blinds over, so you will once again be starting with the back side of the blinds. 

Using your brush, apply a generous coat of paint, but make sure it's not drippy or globby. Pay close attention to make sure that you do not leave any bare spots and that you are achieving an even coverage. Once you have finished, turn on the fan and let it dry.

4. Once it is dry, flip the blinds over and apply a coat of paint to the front of the blinds. At this point, I decided to let the blinds dry overnight as they basically had 4 layers of paint/primer on them. I allowed them to dry for an hour on the floor and then rehung them from the valance to let them continue drying for the rest of the night.

5. In the morning, take a good look at your blinds. Is the color uniform? Did you achieve good coverage? If your answer to either of these questions is no, then I would suggest a second coat. Luckily, my blinds looked amazing after the first coat of paint, so I did not need to apply a second coat.

6. Now, it's time to work on the valance! Take down your valance. Mine was very easy to take down as it just slides into 2 slots, one on each side. 

Remove the fabric strip from the valance. The trim on my valance was very yellowed with age, so I quickly and carefully painted on 2 coats of white paint.

If you would like to paint the fabric strip and keep your valance the same color as your blinds, then you can feel free to do so. 

However, I decided that I wanted to go with a different look, so I attached a strip of self-adhesive contact paper to the valance. This took quite a bit of time and persistence to get it perfect, but I am quite happy with the result.

That's pretty much it. One thing I should mention is that painting fabric will ultimately change the texture, my blinds are stiffer now than before I painted them. I actually prefer the texture now better than before. Painting blinds will also make them more opaque, so they will let less light through. This doesn't bother me as I like to have my blinds open during the day anyway. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it gives you the inspiration you need to tackle your own blinds! I'm really happy with how mine turned out. They really brighten up my room now and add some character. 

Have you ever painted fabric blinds before? Are you going to now after reading my tutorial? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.

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