Re Purpose Left Over Blind Slats

7 Materials
$10.00
2 Days
Easy

I decided to repurpose blind slats left over from replacing blinds in the house.
Before
Before
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.
Extra blind slats
Extra blind slats
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.
Install faux shiplap
Install faux shiplap
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.
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I dry brushed the gray paint to incorporate the paint into the slats to mimic wood.
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Backsplash completed!
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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.
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  • Brenda
    on Nov 14, 2018

    My current backsplash is ceramic tile. Think I could glue these right over the top? Love this look. TIA

    • Pat
      on Nov 14, 2018

      If the ceramic is smooth you would have to sand it to make the surface ruff so the adhesive would bond to the ceramic.

  • Julie
    on Jan 18, 2019

    That's a great idea. But I'm wondering where did you get those lights for under the cabinets? I like those.

    • Pat
      on Jan 18, 2019

      Lowes or home depot my contractor installed them. The lights by the window was Lowes. Thanks

  • Janine
    on Feb 12, 2019

    What material are the blinds made out of?

    • Carol Jarvi
      2 days ago

      I have some that seem to be a plastic material... i don't have a smooth wall i some places... we took down old formica and the OLD glue made a mess. CAN i just tack up the pieces and maybe use a caulk as adhesive? i love the look!


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