How to Paint Your Roller Window Shades

Window shades.
  • 4-24 hours
  • Beginner
  • 70-150
What You'll Need
Roller window shade
Measuring tape
Masking tape

Roller window shades are very attractive and useful types of window covering which are also very durable. Window shades are available in a wide range of different colors, but if you are struggling to find the color you want or your window shades are looking sorry for themselves, then you might want to know how to paint them.

Cheap white window shades are available from many stores and it really doesn't take much effort to make these into something truly remarkable.

As long as you have the necessary tools and materials available you really shouldn't have any problem painting the roller window shades in a matter of hours.

Step 1 - Measure and Buy the Blind

The first thing that you will need to do is find a suitable blind for your room. To do this start by measuring the size of the window using a measuring tape. Also measure the length required for the blind. Shop around for a blind, try to find a fairly inexpensive white blind as you will be changing the color of this anyway.

Step 2 - Choose Paint

Depending on the material of your blind, different paints will be suitable. You will always have to choose paints which are flexible and won't crack when they are rolled up inside the blinds. Modern paints are much better than some of the old ones we had available and this makes it possible to paint these roller shades. If you are painting on cotton or fabric blinds then make sure you are choosing fabric paint.

If you're not sure about the paint required, talk to a specialist at your local home hardware store.

Step 3 - Prepare the Blinds

Before you start painting your blinds you should first do some preparation. It easier to paint the blinds before you put them up. For this you will need plenty of space. If you have a big enough table than that would be ideal. Failing this you will need to prepare a working space on the floor. Use some newspaper and dust sheets to protect the flooring and use masking tape to keep everything in place.

Fully unroll the window shade and lie it on the floor. if it won't stay flat then you can use the tape to hold it in place. It will be much easier to work on the whole blind at once rather than trying to work on individual sections.

Step 4 - Paint the Blinds

Now use a paintbrush or a roller to paint the entire blind. You will need to do this carefully to make sure you don't go over the edges. Also make sure that you are painting the front surface of the blinds so that it matches your room's decor.

You may need to give the roller shades another coat of paint to make sure they are completely covered and free from streaks.

Step 5 - Fix the Blinds

Once the blinds are painted and dry you can then screw them up to the window.