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Re Purpose Left Over Blind Slats

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I decided to repurpose blind slats left over from replacing blinds in the house.
Time: 2 Days Cost: $10.00 Difficulty: Easy
Here was the old painted backsplash after the new kitchen cabinets and quartz counter top were installed, We were replacing blue paint for the green and deciding on what to do for the backsplash.
I had extra blind slats from replacing window blinds in the house and I decided to use them as a shiplap backsplash. The blind slats have a faux wood grain appearance which would be perfect for shiplap.
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I cut multiple blind slats using a miter box & hack saw - the small teeth on the blade worked better then the miter saw that came with the box. I cut the slats close to the hole in the slats where the string would go through on the blinds. I used scissors to make small cuts - the slats are a soft material and easy to cut with scissors.
I installed the slats as though I was installing tile backsplash, alternating seams and using all purpose interior clear Loctite power grab adhesive and 5/8 brads to hold the slats in place until the adhesive dried. Depending on your wall, you can use the adhesive and some blue painters tape until the slat is dried.
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Here are the alternating seams. The area was 2'X9' I used 50 slats the length varied in size from 14" to 16" and 10 6" slats so the seams alternate.
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I filled in the brads with spackle
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I painted the slats with a white paint first then brushed gray paint to bring out the faux wood in the slats.
  • re purpose left over blind slats, countertops, home decor, kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
I dry brushed the gray paint to incorporate the paint into the slats to mimic wood.
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Backsplash completed!
  • re purpose left over blind slats, countertops, home decor, kitchen backsplash, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
And here's the completed backsplash above the window. This is a cheap backsplash even if you don't have the extra blind slats. There are about 30 slats in a 2' blind and the blinds vary from $25.00 to $40.00.

Materials I used for this project:

  • DAP drydex spackling   (Wal Mart)
  • Loctite clear interior power grab ashesive   (Wal Mart)
  • 5/8 Brads   (Wal Mart)
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  • JenniferandEd Caine

    I bet this would look even nicer with 3" slat blinds. More expensive, but covers more area so maybe it evens out in cost? Something to think about.

  • Linda Weeks
    Linda Weeks Street, MD

    that is a very clever way to reuse something that would have gone to the landfill! Good work!

  • Patty
    Patty Holts Summit, MO

    Think I will use mini blind slats as silverware drawer dividers and front pannel of spice racks.

  • Nancy Lockhart
    Nancy Lockhart Sandyville, WV

    this is a Wonderful job and beautiful idea , My daughter done a black splash with left over flooring , Thanks for a more frugal and beautiful idea for my Budget ..

  • Cindy Richter
    Cindy Richter Lewisville, TX

    WOW! I think that is the best idea I've seen for repurposing blinds. Awesome job. Never would have thought to do that!

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