We’re always looking for new, unique ways to do things and we try to put our creative spin on just about every project we work on. This month we have been working on some home repairs and focusing on curb appeal. In researching and planning our attack we quickly realized these updates could cost us a small fortune. We wanted to get the maximum impact out of our design with minimal impact on our wallet.
Shutters are beautiful and a very quick way to improve your home’s look, but when you price them out, they can hit the pocket hard.
To add shutters to our home with the least expensive off-the-shelf shutter choice we were looking at over $1000.00 (and they weren’t even the shutters we liked!!) So we decided we would make our own, be creative with resources, put a little time and elbow grease in, and get what we want for a whole lot less $$.
DIY shutters – Here’s how we did it!
Tools We Used:
- Pry Bar
- Chop Saw/Table Saw
- Tape Measure
- Wood Glue
- Fence Panels (for the boards)
- 1×3 Lumber (for the battens)
Tip: When purchasing your fence panels, check the board quality and choose the best panels available.
Step 1: Measure your windows
Typically you measure your window opening (not including trim) and use that as your shutter height. We were looking for a unique style for our home and went slightly longer and thinner than standard. That’s part of the beauty of DIY Shutters and making things yourself – you will never look like everyone else!
Step 2: Decide on your style
Did You Know there are many styles/options available when you choose a Board and Batten shutter? You have a choice for the board width, the board number, and the batten style/placement.
We wanted a rustic/crafty look to our shutters so we chose a combination of the first and second image. We wanted a little space in between the boards, but not too much – just enough to show separation when you were close.
Step 3: Gather your materials
We listed our tools and materials above to help you out. The number of fence panels you will need will all depend on your sizes, number of windows, and your style choice. We did 3 boards wide with a top and bottom batten on each. We had a total of 11 windows and needed 3 fence panels in total.
Step 4: Destroy and Prepare to Recreate!!
- Lay the fence panel on the ground with cross braces facing up
- Remove all the cross bars carefully using the hammer and pry bar
- Go slowly and carefully to avoid damaging the boards.
- Remove the nails from the boards and lay them out.
- Fill any holes and repair any minor cracks with wood filler or wood glue.
- Give a rough sanding to make them look their best.
Step 5: Putting it All Together
- Cut the boards to the right sizes using a chop saw or table saw
- Cut your battens to the right size for each shutter (Use the 1×3 lumber)
- Lay the panels side by side and attach the batten to the top and bottom of the boards.
- Drill from the back side so the screws will be hidden.
Step 5: Beautification
Now that they are all put together, it’s time to make them look beautiful. We prepped our boards by sanding them before we put the shutters together – if you haven’t done that step yet, or they still need a little more sanding, do that now before you paint.
- Prime with an exterior primer
- Paint with an exterior paint (we used Rustolium Exterior Enamel)
Step 6: Hang ’em Up and Show ’em Off
We were able to do our entire house for under $200 in materials and approximately 10 hours of work time spread over a few weeks since we didn’t have enough space to do them all at once. They look fantastic, were well under our budget, and made a HUGE improvement to the curb appeal of our home.