Do you feel like your wood blinds need a face lift? Wood blinds are often chosen not only for their rustic charm but also because they are much more durable and easy to customize. There are a few ways that you can redecorate with your wood blinds, especially if you're willing to put in a little physical labor.
1. Painting and Staining
Wooden blinds have a very significant advantage over plastic blinds: they can be sanded and then either painted or stained. Sanding is necessary regardless of the type of finish you desire, so that it will adhere. Staining will retain the natural look of the wood, but painting can be used to dramatically change the appearance (and even the surface) of the wooden blinds.
If your blinds are old or damaged, you may want to consider re-stringing all or some of them. Blinds are constructed so that there is a single string which extends from the top to the bottom of the wooden blind, through holes in the slats. This also means that you can replace the slats entirely by re-stringing them; you just remove them from the bottom up. You can make a design by interlacing slats of different colors or you can replace the slats in an entirely new pattern or color.
3. Fabric Covering
Do you just want a new texture? You can always take the blinds off and then cover them with fabric. By using a light wash of fabric glue and a thin fabric, you can give your wooden blinds any type of surface -- even complex designs such as brocade. Dip each blind carefully in fabric glue and wrap the material tightly around it, leaving the seam to overlap at what will be the underside of the blind. Slice carefully with a knife and leave to dry.
4. Vinyl Stickers
Vinyl stickers aren't like the type of stickers you might have been used to as a child. They adhere very closely to material and they appear shiny, polished, and professional. Vinyl stickers are often used to decorate vehicles and home walls, but they can also be used (when cut to size) to add a pattern to your blinds. The benefit of vinyl stickers? You don't need to remove the slats first, the way you need to with most types of decoration. You simply apply the stickers, which can then be peeled off later without any damage.
Of course, wood blinds are also fairly affordable -- so if you'd rather save the time than the money, you can always consider purchasing a custom order of wood blinds that will suit your needs. Most stores that sell window coverings and blinds will be able to special order specific styles for you, as long as you have a good idea of what you want.
Have you ever thought about growing your own herbs inside your kitchen? Whether you live in an area that isn't garden-friendly or just don't have the space outside for the herbs, you can find some great window options for growing an indoor herb garden that fills your kitchen with great scents while it's growing and while you are cooking with them. On this blog you will find tips for choosing windows that will help promote the growth of your herbs and designs for windows that are meant to grow such gardens in your home without all of the headaches that can come with it.