Painting onto fabric pleated window shades

by Sheree
Has anyone tried painting/decoration plain pleated fabric window shades??
  7 answers
  • Tre3955719 Tre3955719 on Apr 16, 2016
    although I haven't used this for blinds, I have used car spray paint in many textile projects. It's durable and doesn't fade (important in your project) and can be wiped down. You can do all sorts of fun things too, like spraying through stencils or masking off a pattern.
  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Apr 16, 2016
    I'm not sure how the pleated fabric will "perform" after being painted. The pleats are formed by heat and pressure during manufacture and I wonder if the paint would cause the sharp pleat creases to become lax or not as defined as before being painted. If you have a blind you can sacrifice as a test, I would suggest doing that. This way you will get an idea of how well the shades will accept the paint.
  • FRAN FRAN on Apr 16, 2016
    I've painted vertical blinds that are that fabric that looks like corduroy with simple latex wall paint, had to touch up a few spots but they came out wonderfully, look like they were made that color, covered "dusty rose" with a pretty medium sage green, done the same for lampshades using Krylon spray paint altho for blinds I'd try the fabric floral spray at Michaels that lets you change color on silk/or fabric flowers, its lighter and "mistier" and should cover all the nooks and crannies, good luck
  • AGGIE AGGIE on Apr 16, 2016
    I haven't done this yet (with plastic vertical slats) but it's been on my mind for awhile. Thinking of painting the slats with a background color and then stenciling a pattern for master bedroom patio door.
  • Linda Barrett Dirksen Linda Barrett Dirksen on Apr 17, 2016
    The chalk paints can paint anything...including fabric...I'd give that a shot with a roller...or a spray bottle...good luck!
  • Linda kelley Linda kelley on Apr 17, 2016
    I have those in my home...very expensive..I love the way they filter light in when closed during the day. It seems to me that if you paint them with anything, it would ruin them. No more light filtering thru. They are like a accordion the way they are made. If you paint they will collapse different because they will be heavy from the paint. It's too bad they couldn't be dyed. Disclaimer.....this is just my opinion...
  • Nancy Nancy on Apr 25, 2016
    I painted mine.... and yes, it did block some light coming through, but that was okay with us, our bedroom was to light.... they were purple and I wanted an off white.... yes, it does make them more stiff and they don't ride up as well... but, I like them so much more now, I don't care.... after using them they do become more flexible.... I watered down my paint, I used chalk paint... I did not put any finish on them.... they did crack in the seams in a few places, but you can't really see it... I have posted a couple of pictures so you can see what happens, but again, I am SO happy I did it.... I did stuff some of the ends with cotton balls, because they seemed to want to collapse... again, they are not perfect but they are good for where I needed them...