Darkening vinyl miniblinds

I am light sensitive, so wake up too early, because I hung white mini-blinds. Sleep masks are uncomfortable.
Am considering the below options, weighing aesthetics and finances.
1. Put up curtain rod and hang dark curtains.
Don't like this because would clash with wallpaper (white & gold striped), and expense for rods and (lined?) curtain$ made to order.
2. Buy new, darker mini-blinds.
Don't like this because they'd have to be pretty dark, and I hate to spend the $$. But maybe dark gold would work?
3. Spray outside of existing white mini-blinds with black or other dark paint?
This appeals because of price saving, but do not know whether it's possible to spray outside without leaking into inside. Brushing on individually is too much of a hassle. And would this work, period?
Would appreciate your comments on the above options, and any suggestions for other possibilities.
Clueless
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On Tue, 27 Jun 2006 11:56:09 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@adelphia.net wrote:

Several years ago, I purchased room-darkening roller shades for my son's room. He wouldn't nap if it was too light in his room. They cost about $20 at Sears, but I can't say if they still have them.
Nan
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Thanks, Nan & Betsy.
Talk about missing the obvious!
Your input much appreciated.
Clueless
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snipped-for-privacy@adelphia.net wrote:

Here is a really cheap method. Cut cardboard to the inside window size, then tape black garbage bags over it to keep the light from leaking through. At bedtime, slide the cardboard between the miniblinds and the window, so you don't have to see it. In the morning store it in the closet.
--Betsy
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