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Old 04-19-16, 07:30 PM
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Blinds for window

Hello all,

This is my first post, long time lurker here. I hope this is the right section.

On my old window frame, there are these rather ugly marks.



They are from window blind mounts. However, the blinds from my local department store have completely different mounts. Does anyone know what mount this screw pattern belongs to?

I won't be staying in this house long actually, but these marks are really annoying.

Thanks all.
 
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Old 04-19-16, 08:20 PM
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Old style full size venetian blinds used to have two square end mounts that had similar mounting pattern, but really, could be almost anything as mounting methods are not at all standard and have changed over time with fashion.
 
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Where is it possible to buy the old fashioned blinds now?
 
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Fill the holes with nail putty and drill new holes for whatever blinds you want to use. What in the world makes you think you need to use the same holes?
 
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No reason other than that they're already there.
 
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Old 04-20-16, 05:23 AM
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When you mount new hardware, you'll always need to fill in the old holes and then make new ones. Not hard. Even I can do it!

ETA: You won't find old fashioned blinds anywhere.
 
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Another thing, in looking at your pics again, looks like they were mounted on the wood trim. Really not the right place for them. An outside mount should be on the wall, a little further out (about a half inch to an inch) on either side and further up on the top. So, if you make new holes this way, the new blinds will just cover the old holes without having to patch them, altho it's really not hard.
 
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Another thing, in looking at your pics again, looks like they were mounted on the wood trim. Really not the right place for them. An outside mount should be on the wall, a little further out (about a half inch to an inch) on either side and further up on the top. So, if you make new holes this way, the new blinds will just cover the old holes without having to patch them, altho it's really not hard.
Thanks for the advice. I'd like to do this the right way.

1) How do I fill in the holes?

2) What I think you're saying is that the wood frame isn't the right place for them. Where should the mounts go ideally? In most pictures, I see them mounted inside the frame.

Sorry for the beginner questions, I don't know much in this field.

On the other frame, the paint is chipped like in the first pic but there are no screw holes. They were glued on?
 
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1) How do I fill in the holes?
X answered this in post # 4 - check the local hardware or big box store and you'll see plenty of options.

2) What I think you're saying is that the wood frame isn't the right place for them. Where should the mounts go ideally? In most pictures, I see them mounted inside the frame.
Shadeladie addressed this in post # 7 with regard to outside mounts but yes, they can also be mounted inside the frame.
 
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I usually use wood putty for the trim. Just put some on your finger, pack it in, and smooth it out with your finger. After it dries, to get it smoother, just get some fine sandpaper and smooth the bumpiness out with that.

They can go inside the frame (inside mount) or outside the frame (on the wall). It's mostly a preference thing. Either way is right. I like them inside, but sometimes, if the window is really crooked, your blind might hang crooked inside. Also, there will be some light coming in the sides, if you don't have curtains hanging. If the light's an issue, hanging outside will block it better.

I can't say I've ever heard of blinds being glued to a window. I suppose as long as you don't open or close them, they might stay put, but it's sure not standard. I wouldn't recommend that.
You can fill in any chips with the putty too. Afterwards, a coat of paint won't hurt.
 
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I normally use painter's putty to fill those types of holes.
Cheap latex enamels are subject to 'blocking' which is where items that exert pressure against the paint will stick ..... and often cause the paint to peel when removed. Generally that's when a heavy object is set on a shelf but I suppose it could happen with a blind. I've also seen it happen with tightly fitting doors that stay closed for extended periods. Generally not an issue with the better grades of latex enamel and never an issue with oil base or waterborne enamels.
 
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