Using Old Blinds as a Back-splash!

Candy Walsh
by Candy Walsh
9 Materials
3 Days
I'm so happy to share this project I did over the summer in my kitchen! I've slowly been making progress on updating some things about my house that I have just never liked, including the lack of a backsplash!
I found these old, dirty 2 1/2 " plastic blinds at a yard sale for $5. That's my kinda deal! I started by cutting the strings that held them together and once I had them all free I cut the blinds (in stacks of 3 or 4) with my husband's miter saw.
i was kind of going for the subway tile look with my own spin on it. After I cut the slats in various lengths, I soaked them in KRUD KUTTER TSP to get the years of dirt and grime off of them. I also wiped down the area of walls that my backsplash was going.
I decided to use Liquid Nails in a caulk gun to adhere my "tiles" to the walls. I laid out a few at a time before sticking them up to make sure they looked right. The Liquid Nails gives you a little bit of time to move them around if needed before it dries good. The process went pretty quickly with the exception of having to cut around outlets and my kitchen window but since the blinds are plastic, i was able to use scissors for this.
Once I got all of my tiles up, I gave them two coats of white interior paint and then dry bushed with gray chalk paint. After the paint was good and dry I put on 3 coats of polycryli. I wanted to be able to wipe them down with a wet rag if needed. The polycrylic dried beautifully and is hard as a rock so I've been very pleased.
My last step was to caulk around the edges and any spot where there might have been a gap.
I have to say this is one of my favorite projects that I've done, it's updated the look of my kitchen tremendously! And I got it done over one weekend!!
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  • Connie Connie on Nov 09, 2021

    I will try but need clarification ....are you describing the backsplash using plastic or using faux wood slats.....Your list of material needed as faux wood..??//

  • Patty Patty on Jan 02, 2022

    Does polycrylic yellow after a while?

  • Jodi Tiger Lily Jodi Tiger Lily on Dec 23, 2022

    Very kool idea!! Do you have any more ideas for leftover blinds?

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  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jan 30, 2023

    I have one of 'those' lists myself. Here's a picture of my kitchen countertop that I did two years ago. All done with Bonding Primer, interior wall paint, acrylic paint for feathering, and water-based sealer! Still holding up! Good luck with your list and don't forget to post your pictures for us. Have a great day and don't work too hard!

  • Faye Faye on Jan 30, 2023

    Seal it with a washable sealer.