The window company had to take down the old, aluminum shutters when we had our windows replaced and while I originally had planned on freshening them up with a paint of coat, they were in too bad of condition to be put back on the house. I'm not a huge fan of the polymer shutters that are available at the big box stores and the nicer wood ones were out of our budget so DIY to rescue! Dave & I made these in just a few hours of work and for less than $30 for the pair!
We started by picking up 6 of these Cedar Fence Pickets from Lowe's. I like the dog-eared tops as opposed to straight across.
|Cedar Fence Picket - Lowe's|
I wanted them to be exactly even with the window frame so we cut these boards to 50". These are rough sewn boards that were really really textured and rough. I sanded them on all sides using an electric palm sander. It didn't take too long, maybe 30 minutes and made a big difference.
Since I was painting the raw wood, I used an exterior primer on all sides first. I actually did two coats to really protect the wood, adhere the paint, and prevent any bleeding from the knots.
Once dry, I used the same paint as the front door 'Wood Smoke" by Glidden, two coats. I used a small foam roller to paint these and it worked perfectly, no drips and much quicker than by brush. Scrap wood was used for the horizontal pieces and positioned 11" from either end with a tiny bit of spacing in between the boards. We hung these up before our big landscaping weekend which I'm glad we did so the ladder wasn't trampling the fresh planted shrubs.
After hanging them, we filled the holes, sanded, and touched up the paint. Here's how they look today:
I am in love with how they turned out!! Just enough charm & character to add a little something to this area of the front.
Any last minute outdoor projects you are working on before the winter/snow??