Here are some simple ways to give your home a fresh look without the costly expenses, thanks to Lisa Kaplan Gordon on HouseLogic.com.
Shutters are quick and easy ways to give the outside of your home extra style. Here’s how to make your own in only a weekend.
After sanding, priming, and painting, the shutters were fastened to the house with screws. Black hinges added decorative detail and a burst of contrasting color.
Project Pointers to Make Everything Go Smoothly
- If you want a tight fit between boards, use bar clamps.
- For raw pine, use a shellac-based primer, which blocks sap and knotholes from bleeding through your paint. For a more rustic look, use an oil-based primer.
- When attaching the shutters to the house, pre-drill holes with a slight upward angle to prevent water from seeping into the holes.
- If you want wider shutters, use more boards.
- To prevent screw holes from showing, screw the boards to the battens from the back.
How Much Time and Money?
Sarah and her husband built and installed three sets of shutters in two days. They began early Saturday morning and finished Sunday evening.
The materials cost $230. Here’s the breakdown.
Ten 1-by-4-inch white pine boards, 12 ft. long: $120
One 12-oz. tube of construction adhesive: $7
Rust-proof deck screws: $5
Decorative hinges: $60
One quart shellac-based primer: $13
One quart exterior paint: $25
In Her Next Life
Sarah would’ve left “a smidgen” more space between the boards, giving the shutters a more cottage-y feel. When conceptualizing the project, she figured the boards naturally would shrink over time, creating those small gaps. But the shutters were so tightly constructed — glued, clamped, and screwed — that no gaps have emerged.
The Last Word
Sarah and her husband love their new shutters (although hubby wishes she’d made each shutter a little wider), and neighbors applaud the home’s added curb appeal.
“The shutters look exactly the same as they did the day they were installed in 2011,” she says. “They are holding up extremely well. I still love how they look and only wish that we had made them sooner!”
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