Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I will spray paint ANYTHING.

Soooo...I still have a cell phone held together by tape...but...

I got my new bamboo shades for the family room! Whooty. Hoo. I love them. I shopped everywhere and ended up just getting them at Target for $35 each. Unfortunately/fortunately we have very tall windows, so I had to pay more for the 72 inchers:

I am SO over our blinds. UGH. We have the bamboo shades in a couple other rooms as well and I just love them, and I think slowly but surely I will replace all the blinds. This time I invested in the privacy liners for the back of them as well.

I wanted them in our bedroom so bad but didn't want to spend another $70...so I borrowed them from another room. They weren't the right color though. I tried (so hard!) to just live with them but just couldn't.

I got the great? crazy? idea to spray paint them -- and two cans of chocolate brown spray paint later:

Oh my. Loverly. Exactly what I wanted. It was crazy easy. I didn't even paint the other side, since I used the privacy liners again. Here's the honey color they were before with the new chocolate brown comparison:

So easy! So cheap! And they make the room super dark too. I loooove our room dark as long as possible in the morning.

So to answer your burning question about the hardwood/laminate in the last post...I told you it's hard to tell anymore! The FIRST picture (of the two) is the real thing!! (And cost a LOT more than the other one...) See...hard to tell, eh?

P.S. Our floors (in the very first pic) are Pergo, color is Santos Cherry, from Home Depot. Heart them.

56 comments:

  1. Ooh, those look good! I guessed right on the laminate/real pictures. I agree that laminate these days looks really good, I just can't get over the sound. I grew up with the real thing and they were gorgeous and sounded beautiful. Laminate just doesn't have that sound or feel.

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  2. Love it! They look great! I like the way you think, this is something I would do! I do love the bamboo shades. Another great idea that you shared!!

    Hugs to you,
    ~Victoria~

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  3. I heart your chocolate bamboo blinds. I am going to borrow this idea!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Love your bamboo blinds! I've thought about switching, but I actually don't mind my thick standard blinds. I'm kind of wierd that way.

    And as far as the floors go, I guessed wrong. I told you, I'm terrible at telling the difference :).

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  5. They look GREAT!!! I love the look of bamboo shades!

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  6. You are my painting idol!!!!!! Wonderful idea... how did I never think of that!!!!

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  7. I'm with you. YEA - what else can we spray paint. What about the cell phone...right over the tape, then no one would even notice the tape. :)
    The shades look fabulous!!

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  8. your home is so dreamy. i would never, let me repeat that NEVER spray paint those blinds. you are rockin' girl.
    i am inspired by you. i went to menards the other day to get an assortment of spray paints. ya know, just in time for winter to come back. guess i will have to continue to wait. *sigh*

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  9. LOL! You will spray paint anything....they look great!

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  10. You are a brave woman with your spray paint cans, lol.

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  11. Fabulous idea! I just ♥ the person who invented spray paint!

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  12. What is the brand for these shades? I went to look them up on Target and there's like three different brands: Bamboo Roman Shade, Thermal Bamboo Roman Shade (is this the privacy liner you're referring to?), Kona, Havana, Maya, Tahiti, Global Home, etc. And what is the privacy liner? An added piece or does one of the brands come with it?

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  13. Do you think spray paint would work well on regular blinds? I love this idea and I am looking for a pick me up in my bedroom!

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  14. You clever girl, spray painting those blinds to get the color you wanted. Bravo!

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  15. I love that your priorities are straight! (mine are the same!) And I have never tried to spray paint bamboo, but it looks great!!!

    We went and ordered our floors last night. Thanks for the information. It was great to hear everyone's input!

    Your room looks awesome!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  16. Wow! I've been having so much fun with spray paint and now I see there is SO much more I can be painting!

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  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I love your curtains too! How did you make them will two fabrics? Did you use the hemming tape? Oh and where did you get your short curtain rods?

    -Noelle

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  18. How neat is that? Spray painting blinds?! Who would've thunk it!

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  19. I spray paint anything & everything too, but NEVER would have thought {or dared} to spray paint bamboo shades! Those look awesome. Definitely love the chocolate brown. My room is chocolate brown & white, with splashes of blue. LOVE.

    And I was totally fooled on that hard wood!! I was thinking the other way around!!

    And to answer your question, I do like mine, but like you said, the dark is hard to keep clean. I'll have to try what you use, but my hubby is allergic to nuts, so I don't think I can use that almond stuff if it has any oil in it. But maybe something similar. I hear cold water is best for laminate too. Just a tip.

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  20. We have laminate floors in our entire first floor and love them!

    As for your spray painting bamboo shades, I never thought about doing that but that makes sense! How many times have we looked for something in a certain color and we leave the store empty handed? You are so creative! We're in the process of replacing our window blinds and this hint will come in very handy! GREAT GREAT IDEA!

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  21. Whooty hoo right back at you on that one! They look fantastic and I would never have been brave enough to paint them, for fear of having to buy two more new ones when those were messed up!

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  22. Whooty hoo right back at you on that one! They look fantastic and I would never have been brave enough to paint them, for fear of having to buy two more new ones when those were messed up!

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  23. Love them!!!!

    Where did you get those swirly curtain rods??? I need those!!!

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  24. Wow, they look fabulous. What a great idea to spray paint them. I'm in a painting mood...nothing in my house is safe when I get those urges!

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  25. Wow, you were brave to paint blinds but they turned out beautiful...love the color!!

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  26. Brilliant! I'll spray paint my kids if they stand still for too long, but I wouldn't have thought of painting these! They look fabulous!

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  27. Love the shades! For even more bamboo inspiration swing on over to Eddie Ross' blog. He recently painted stripes on his in cream and gray. I am totally in love!

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  28. Oh.My.Gosh. Your fabulousness is beyond me. ;) What a great idea with those shades!!! I got the drapes and a Roman Shade for our addition from Target (on clearance no less)...some ribbon and buttons, and we were set. Was there any special "technique" you used (how many coats, etc.) when you did those shades? That seems like a doable project for me, and I HATE our mini-blinds with a passion. Thank you for posting this! :)

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  29. Who would have thought?! Seriously - genius.

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  30. I love, love, love your chocolate spray job!

    I have been looking for bamboo blinds for ages and always kept coming back to Target to look at theirs. I guess I am just going to have to bite the bullet (or debit card, lol) and buy them.

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  31. I think they look great both ways. I'm not sure I would have thought of spraypainting them, but I really like the end result!

    ~ Sarah

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  32. You have inspired me! I have a huge window I need blinds for and I found some of those white plastic bamboo wantabees for $10. I never thought about painting them. What a great idea! Thank YOU!

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  33. I love them! I so need to get some for my house!

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  34. I love your thinking! Last week I told my husband I was going to spray paint our living room (white wood ugly) blinds a lovely brown and he looked at me like I was crazy. So I have to do it when he's gone. Yours look fab!
    -Jill

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  35. Sooo if i wanted to spray paint a maroon colored pitcher i bought for ONE DOLLAR!! ... would i just whip out that can of white spray paint and do it? if its shiny, will that matter?

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  36. wow! i have been trying to figure out what to do in my master too...i have faux wood blinds, but the don't block out enough sun...when you painted them, do they still roll up nicely?

    i love chocolate brown...that is the accent wall in my master...

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  37. spray paint + me = true love 4ever.
    What a great idea.
    I'm doing a 100th post give-away on my blog. It involves chocolate! Come over and enter.

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  38. Girl....I love to spray paint too...almost ANYTHING like you...but never thought about the blinds...hmmmm...gives me more ideas! Love your blog!

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  39. Love it! (Maybe you could glue, then spray paint your phone...?)
    :-)

    This so doesn't seem up your alley, but I was tagged in a list game, and am a fairly new blogger. (Translation: anonymous) I thought I'd tag some of the ladies I have been following.... so I tagged you.

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  40. I totally guessed wrong on the floors! I was actually thinking how the 2nd pic actually looked much nicer and HAD to be the real wood. I'm sold.

    I just bought a can of spray paint and have a few projects I'm excited to get to. Now if only I could find the time!

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  41. Thanks for sharing your brilliance with us, yet again! I have been checking out the bamboo shades at various places and just haven't found the right size, color, or price.

    You've opened up a whole new realm of options for me! :o) Love the look!

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  42. Bamboo blinds give such a nice warmth to a room. Yours look great with the added touch of paint.

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  43. Me TOO kiddo! We need holsters for our spray cans!!!

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  44. Hi Sarah :)

    I can't believe how well those turned out! Amazing :)

    Thank you so much for your sweet words about Alex. He finally wrote to me and we received his letter yesterday! Life is great :)

    rue

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  45. They look great!! Good job with the spray paint!

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  46. I love it! And you will spray paint anything! But it always looks great!

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  47. They look fabulous! How much spray paint do you go through in a given year!?

    Xazmin

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  48. I can just tell my car will be on auto pilot to buy some more spray paint this week. The chocolate brown looks wonderful.
    Joyce

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  49. The shades look amazing! Spray paint is the best. I found some "oil rubbed bronze" and painted all my bathroom fixtures to match the new sink faucet we installed. They really thought I was nuts when I used it on a cup for the kids toothbrushes!

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  50. They look great! I wouldn't have even thought of spray-painting shades - nice :)

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  51. Wow, who would have thought you could spray praint blinds?? I love the result! Let me know how the paint holds up with use.

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  52. Those look awesome! What are your thoughts on spray painting regular metal mini-blinds? They're all over our house and it looks very hospital-ish! LOL

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  53. I want our bamboo blinds to be a natural color, but the building rules only allow white or cream window treatment. Thanks to you, I got the courage to spray-paint one side of the blinds white. It was my first spray-paint job and it went beautifully. I'd imagine it's the same level of difficulty as spray-painting just about anything. The pictures are over here: http://veeanddee.blogspot.com/2011/06/we-have-bedroom-at-last.html

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  54. How did you tackle the strings? Just paint over them, or did you remove each of the slats?

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  55. I was just thinking of doing the same project except mine are brown and I want a cream to go with my new room. Question you did not say how you did them did you lay them down outside with a cloth underneath. Would you suggest I prime them first does the paint chip off when you open and close them? I hope you answer me ASAP or someone does as I really want to get this done soon to finish off my room. Thanks...Nancy

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