Re Purpose Left Over Blind Slats

Pat
by Pat
7 Materials
$10.00
2 Days
Easy
I decided to repurpose blind slats left over from replacing blinds in the house.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
I filled in the brads with spackle
I painted the slats with a white paint first then brushed gray paint to bring out the faux wood in the slats.
I dry brushed the gray paint to incorporate the paint into the slats to mimic wood.
Backsplash completed!
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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  • Neurotic Neurotic on May 26, 2020

    What where the two specific white and gray colors you used?

  • Johnna Johnna on Jun 10, 2020

    I have a tile back splash. can you do the back splash on tile?

  • Hb Hb 4 days ago

    What did you use to seal the whole thing? I would be very careful with water around this . Just how waterproof are the seams between the pieces of blind? Over time water could seep into those seams and get absorbed into the dry wall and rot it .

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  • Eho65343750 Eho65343750 on May 25, 2022

    i use them for snail fences around my raised garden beds, snail dont like to pass sharp edges

  • Rosalie Racine Rosalie Racine on Oct 08, 2022

    Looks like my kitchen. I don't have wooden blinds, I wish I did, that looks great.

    Nice look in the kitchen.

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