Cutting My Losses – The Lesson of My Vertical Blinds

My inked verticle blinds.

I am cutting my losses with my vertical blinds. I have an old set of vertical blinds on a set of 3 floor to ceiling windows looking out on the back deck. They are old but very high quality and recently I cleaned them. I am reluctant to replace them because the plan is to change out those windows to doors. Shortly after I cleaned them, my daughter in law suggested inking them. I thought it was a great idea and jumped right in.

The thing about jumping right in is that sometimes you have to cut your losses. This is one of those times.

I picked a transfer that is a daisy background and Shimmer Silver ink. It turns out that the canvas the blinds are made of have a coating on them which does not allow the ink to dry. Never. Not even after 2 days! So when I heat set, some of the ink lifts. OK, not so bad. I love the vintage effect it gives them and the silver is very subtle. So far, I am liking this.

Then I discovered that it also really soaks up the ink. 4 panels took a jar and a half of silver. That is crazy considering the surface area. I ran out of silver quickly and when I totaled it up, getting enough ink to finish was more than I wanted to spend to spruce up old blinds.

What I decided to do was stop. I stopped at 4 panels and hung 2 on each end. Now the blinds look framed and I quite like it. Particularly the way the sun makes the silver shimmer. I will stick to enjoying that on 4 panels. And I don’t recommend inking blinds. hahaha

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