DIY: Chevron roller blind

As promised, here are the instructions to re-create the dramatic chevron roller blind shown below: Chevron Blinds DIY

A while back, I had come across a post on Apartment Therapy about painted roller blinds.  The post showed an example of large black and white vertical stripes painted on a pair of plain roller blinds, and the end result was beautiful.  I knew I'd have to try it out myself.

Instead of stripes, though, I opted for chevrons.  I've been a little obsessed with everything chevron lately, so using this motif somewhere in the kid's room was a no-brainer.

What you'll need for this DIY:

  • white vinyl roller blind
  • ruler
  • 45 degree drafting triangle
  • pencil
  • painter's tape
  • acrylic paint
  • small paint roller and tray
  • large plastic sheet or dropcloth
DISCLAIMER: This project is not for the faint of heart - prepping the blind requires a lot of patience and meticulous detail.  I personally found it therapeutic, but my family thought I was a little crazy.
Step 1: Buy the roller blind and pre-install.
I purchased a white vinyl roller blind for about $60 and had it cut down to the appropriate size (the store I got it from offered this as a service, free of charge).  Before taping and painting, we installed the hardware and hung up the blind to make sure that the measurements were correct.
Step 2: Draw a pattern on the blind.
Make sure you have a large, flat working space and lay the blind down, unrolling it completely.
Lucky for me, I had a drafting triangle that I could use to draw the chevron pattern directly on the blind.  It took me a couple of tries to figure out the right thickness (2") of each chevron and the overall alignment of the pattern.  Tip: start your pattern from the bottom center of the blind, and then work your way out to each end, and then up.  This was the best way to ensure that the pattern was properly centered.
Drawing chevron pattern onto the blind
 Eventually, I got the hang of it, and I used a little 2" by 2" cardboard square to easily measure the 2" distance between each chevron point.
Chevron pattern templating, continued
Step 3: tape up all of the sections that will stay white.
To avoid confusion, I lightly drew x's on the bands that I wanted to paint black, and I then taped up all of the alternating rows. This was definitely the most time-consuming part.  (about 3hrs)
Painters tape applied to blind in chevron pattern
Completed template for chevron roller blind
Step 4: Paint.  Twice. 
I got some black acrylic paint from an art store (I read online that this type of paint is the least likely to crack on such a flexible material) and a small paint roller for the job.  Cover the large flat surface with a plastic sheet (or dropcloth).
Paint supplies for roller blind diy I applied 2 coats of the paint onto the blind, waiting about 24hrs between each coat.  Don't be scared if the first coat doesn't appear very black.  I had a mini heart attack on day 1, but then saw that the second coat really adhered well and it became an opaque black once dry.
Painting the blind with a small paint roller Black paint, completed
Step 5: Remove the tape. 
Once the second coat is dry, carefully remove the green tape, row by row.  I noticed there was a little bleed under the tape - not quite sure as to the best way to avoid this.  Thankfully, it's not noticeable unless you get really up close and personal.Remove Painter's tape from the roller blind Painted roller blind, after tape removal
Step 6: Hang up the blind. 
With all the tape off, all you need to do now is hang up the blind.  woohoo!!
Chevron Roller Blind, installed