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Thursday, May 8, 2014

DIY Shutters

DIY Shutters
Shutters are not just for the wealthy anymore!

The outside of my home is the ugliest part- little by little, though, I am growing to like certain things about it.  Like my primitive black shutters!  One thing I do like about my house is that it is tan and red- I know these are becoming outdated, but when paired with black, I find myself actually admiring it.  ...Did I just say that?  Well here are my shutters:

These are just two 1 inch thick pine boards that are held together by a couple of 2x2s and a few screws.  Primed and painted black.  Super inexpensive, super easy, and super fast!


7 comments:

  1. I found your blog while googling ways to spruce up our ugly split level :) I love what you did with the shutters! Our door is currently red (and our house is peachy tan, Blech) and painting the door black is my next to-do. Love shutters but thought it would be too expensive to buy, never thought about making them. Thanks for the idea!!

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    1. Thank you Amanda! That was my issue as well. I wanted shutters, but to buy them for each window would have cost me well over 200 dollars! So this was a great alternative and I like them better than manufactured ones! I have been around some of the new neighborhoods garage saling and found that on the new craftsman homes they are using shutters almost identical to these! Score!

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  2. How did you attach the shutters to your housei'd love to make ones like these for my split level

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    1. This is probably really bad, but we just screwed it straight into the siding. We tried to choose spots that were in between siding. It probably left holes in the siding though, but I didn't care much because I don't really love it anyway. I probably would have done more research if our siding would have been new and suited to our taste.

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  3. Well, shutters don’t have to be exclusively for the wealthy. All it takes it just a little creativity and resourcefulness, to come up with some DIY shutters that are just as great as those store-bought and professionally-installed treatments. Just look at what you accomplished with just a few DIY tricks. Thanks for sharing!

    Shirley Todd @ Arjay’s Window Fashions

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  4. I just found your blog through Pinterest and I have to tell you that your home is beautiful. Your taste in decor is impeccable and very inspirational. If I could give you one piece of advice, consider doubling the width of your shutters. Try this, take a picture of the front of your home and either print it and colour in wider shutters, or make them wider using photo shop. I do love the style of your shutters, by the way. Keep up the good work. I have never followed a blogger before but I'm going to figure out how to follow yours. I truly love what you have done and only offer this tidbit suggestion because I do believe you will love it.

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    1. Well thank you! I will look into that. I used a paint program on my computer to paint shutters on before I decided to add them so I will have to try that again and widen them to see what that looks like. Initially I wanted them wider with more planks (of a smaller width), but my husband did not like that idea so we made a compromise and came up with these. :)

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