Sometimes the smallest changes to your home can make the biggest impact. Adding shutters to your front windows of your home will make it stand out among the rest on the block -- an easy addition that can help sell your home for more and that much faster too!
We'll quickly walk you through the steps on how to make your own shutters -- just like how we make our own shutters for some of our brand new models, like these:
Step One: Measure Your Windows & Buy Your Materials:
Did you measure your windows? Great! Next you'll want to head to your local hardware store to buy your lumber and paint. If you do not own your own saw or drill, you'll have to enlist some help from a handy friend with some tools!
Depending on how thick you want your shutters to be, you'll want to consider the measurements of the wood you're about to pick out. For our own at-home project, we chose 1inx4in Pine Lumber. Make sure to get enough for all your slats (we went 3 per side, per window. Since we did 2 windows, we needed enough for 12 slats, and extra for 8 cross pieces). Better to get extra, the wood is pretty cheap for this project.
Next we picked out a good exterior paint to withstand the elements. A Quart will be more than enough for this project. We went with black, but you can pick whatever you want! You want your shutters to accent and contrast with your home. Perhaps take a look online at some other homes, or ones in your area that share the same house colour as yours.
Step Two: Measure, Measure Again and Cut!
Measure out your wood and mark where your cuts will go! If you're not comfortable using power tools, enlist some help -- and use this opportunity to have someone teach you how, so next time you can do it yourself.
After you have made your cuts, line up all your pieces to make sure you have everything you need. For the cross pieces, we made ours the same lenght as the slats, but you can always make them a little longer and have them stick out a bit too!
Step Three: It's Painting Time!
We used a small roller instead of a brush to get a really smooth finish. Also recommended is to paint all the pieces before you assemble them. You'll need at least two coats of paint.
This type of paint dries fast, especially outside, so once you've finished your first coat, it is probably time to go back to the first piece and begin painting your second coat.
Step Four: Shutters: Assemble!
Once everythings dry, put your pieces together. We measured the cross pieces 3.5 inches from the bottom, to make sure they were all the same. We initially we're going to drill screws into these shutters to attach them together, but instead decided to use our new mini-nail gun. We tried to keep the nails lined up and as even as possible.
At this point we decided to re-paint all of them now that they were assembled, to cover the nail holes and to fix any areas that needed more a touch up. We then carried them into the garage, as it started to rain, to let them dry again for a bit.
Step Five: Installing Your New Shutters
You will need an extra pair of hands for this. One person can put the shutter into place while the other can drill it home. We put four, 4in construction screws, into each shutter -- evenly spaced on the horizontal cross pieces. You'll probably need a ladder for this step as well.
This project took about 2 hours total, and ended up costing about $30. Compare that to buying brand new shutters for $160. I think that's time well spent, don't you?