Im so excited to share with everyone a project that we did over the weekend. We made diy shutters! And it wasn’t that hard at all! As some of you may know, I am such a sucker for fixer upper, and diy projects. I have been searching on ways to make shutters, and how to make them without spending a boat load of money. Guys it only took us 2 days!! So below I will tell you how we made our wooden shutters in a weekend!
First you want to go to your local hardware store, go to lumber section and look for 1″x 4″x 6ft pine boards. Now we used the 6ft due to the height of our windows, so measure and buy what best works for your homes windows.
We used 1-1/4″ decking screws to assemble the boards. We took 4 boards and placed them side by side, trimmed a bit off each so that they fit the correct size for window, and lined them up. We then took a 5th board and cut it to 14″ twice( you actually can get more then two boards at this size once cut, we got 4.) These small pieces are going to be used horizontally across the other boards as shown below. You will take the horizontal piece and screw it in from the back of the shutter. Put the horizontal piece 16″ from the bottom of each side approximately. You may want to place yours higher or lower. This will support all boards together.
Below is one shutter all assembled!
Once you have all your shutters assembled, you will want to set up a staining station. You will need a brush to put stain on, a rag to wipe the stain off after it sits a second, and we used rubber gloves. The stain we chose was Minwax Wood Finish, color: 224 Special Walnut. You apply the stain with brush, let stain set a bit, then take rag and wipe off access going with the grain. You can repeat this process until you get the color you want.
Once all shutters are stained, we laid them all out to dry good. By luck it was a beautiful sunny day with a nice breeze, which defiantly helped the drying process! Once those are to the color you like, and dried, you will place them back in your staining station to apply the final process which will be the polyurethane! To apply this we used a small roller. The poly we used was Minwax Helmsman in clear satin. We chose this because of the protection it gives from sunlight, temperature changes, and moisture. Take roller dipped in the poly, and gently roll on the shutters being sure you get all sections well!! Remember these are outside in all seasons and you’ll want these well protected! Now let these dry fully before adding these beauties to your windows for all to see!
These are exactly what our house needed to get a bit of the farmhouse, fixer upper we love. This was a fun project that both my hubs and I enjoyed doing together. Best of luck to all who try it out. Im sure they will look Fantastic! Have fun. We actually have a mini set in the process of making for the little window up top!
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