Step up your curb appeal and add a pop of instant color when you add DIY shutters to your windows.
The great thing about shutters is that they can be made in different styles, multiple colors or stains, and they are easier to make and install than you think.
I’m going to show you how
I have a sad potting shed that was in desperate need of a makeover (see the full potting shed makeover reveal!).
I thought shutters were just the things to add some instant brightness!
Check out Pinterest for some other shutter style ideas.
6 1×4’s measuring 50″ long (measure your window for length!)
4 1×4’s measuring 10.5″ long
4 1×2’s measuring 10.5″ long
(Note: 1×4’s are not actually 4″ wide. They are 3.5″ thus 3 next to one another is 10.5″ wide)
If you plan to stain the wood, look for pine without many knots.
If you plan to paint you do not have to be as particular about the boards you select.
Always make sure the boards you select are straight by looking down the length of the board from one end to the other.
It is completely up to you the placement of the shorter boards.
I made ours line up with the grid lines in the window.
Use wood glue to attach the shorter boards to the long boards then reinforce the boards with a nail gun (or just hammer the nails on!).
Place 2 of the 1×2’s (see arrow) on the back side of the shutter.
These not only reinforce the stability of the shutter, but also provide a good place to insert screws for attaching to the house later.
Where you attach them to the back of the shutter doesn’t matter, as long as it is not directly behind the horizontal 1×4’s on the front.
Once again, attach these boards with wood glue followed by a nail gun.
I’m using Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch because it has the primer built in.
I went with Apple Red because I thought it would really pop off of the white siding.
I applied 3 coats to the front of the shutters and 1 to the back.
We then attached the shutters with long screws to the building.
One last thing, we went back and painted the screws red so that they are not noticeable.
If you’re curious about the bunting hanging across the window, I found it at World Market.
More tutorials to come from this patio makeover soon!
Including the tabletop, drawer planter, window box, and brick patio that can be seen here.
For the complete before and after of this space be sure to visit the potting shed makeover reveal!
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