Home Maintenance Series – DIY Shutters Add Curb Appeal

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.

Shutters are a great way to dress up the front of your house and give it some extra curb appeal. So when “Cozy. Cottage. Cute” blogger Sarah Haywood wanted to bump up her northern Ontario home’s exterior charms, she made her own board-and-batten shutters, complete with decorative hinges.“We chose the board-and-batten style to give our home some cottage curb appeal,” Sarah says. “I’ve seen this style of shutter with both wide and narrow gaps between boards. I prefer small gaps, but either looks great.”
The Big PictureEach shutter consists of three 1-by-4-inch pine boards glued together and screwed to cross pieces — the battens — 8 inches from the top and bottom edges.

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!”
Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/blog/windows-doors/exterior-window-shutters-diy/#ixzz2c3rhdSDz

About gvenice

I have over 25 years of electrical engineering and business management experience. I previously owned and managed a multi million dollar engineering firm. My work took me all over the globe, managing the construction of manufacturing plants where I built a reputation of providing superior service, getting projects done on time and within or under budget. My dedication to the fine details and logical approach to accomplishing tasks provide a huge benefit to my Real Estate clients. After selling my business and retiring to this area, I found a new passion in the Real Estate business and I bring to this business the same level of professional skill and conduct that has made mr successful in the past. My global exposure and extensive travel are also an asset when dealing with a customer base that is located worldwide. An avid boater, I have a thourough understanding of the waterways of East Tennessee and the intricacies involved in dealing with the TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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