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Spark Up Your Home With Wood Shutters

Wood shutters were originally installed on homes to protect the homes windows from inclement weather. They were operational for the home owner to close them to keep flying debris from smashing thru. As time went on, many factors contributed to shutters no longer being used on most houses.

Shutters are now finding there way back into style, mostly as decorative features of a house.

Building your own wood shutters can add charm to just about any home and improve the curb appeal of your house.

Some things to keep in mind when making your shutters; Making them the correct size so they look like they belong, they should fit the height of the opening and be 1/3 to 1/2 the width of the window to look good.

Check out the video below to see how to make some simple, cost effected board and batten shutters.

There are many other shutter designs that you can build, although non quite as simple as board and batten shutters.

Be sure to weather proof all sides and edges of your shutters to help them last a long time.

 

DIY Window Shutters

Window shutters will make any house standout. Most shutters you can buy for your house today are made of plastic. While the look good from a distance and will never rot, they are still plastic.

Wood window shutters add so much more appeal to a home than vinyl shutters. The major issue is a set of pre-made wood shutters will set you back a couple of hundred dollars per window.

With just a few tools and a little carpentry knowledge any Do It Yourself-er can make their own wood shutters.

You can make your shutters out of any kind of wood you like, but certain woods are better for this project. Part of that choice depends on the look you want. Do you to keep a natural wood look or painted? Board and batten, flat panel or raised panel. Board and batten will be the simplest to make and looks great.

Poplar or cedar are you best wood choices for this type of shutter. If you want them to look rustic or you are on a tight budget you could use old pallets or some reclaimed barn wood.

Stop over on the Next Page to see how to make your own shutters.

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Traci from beneathmyheart.net shares her story of making shutter for this home. With the help of some volunteers from the nearby Lowes they made some great board and batten shutters.

How to Build Board and Batten Shutters

The list of materials they used is as follows.

  • 1×6 poplar boards
  • 1×4 poplar boards
  • compound miter saw
  • wood glue
  • nail gun and nails (1 1/4″, 18 gauge finish nails)
  • tape measure
  • sanding sponges
  • stain  (We used MinWax Dark Walnut.)
  • rubber gloves and cloths for staining
  • paint sticks to use as spacers between boards

Check out their video on below.

 

 
If you have any question or want to share your projects, just comment below.