SIMPLE DIY SHUTTERS

May 11, 2018

SIMPLE DIY SHUTTERS

May 11, 2018
Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

 

 

Since the house had been painted white, I wanted to add some details to really make the color pop. I love the way black looks against white on a home, so I decided the windows needed shutters. They needed to be made of wood, but it’s hard to find wood shutters off the shelf. Most of the big box retailers only carry plastic shutters. Sure, I could special order wood shutters, but that gets pretty pricey. So, in true DIY fashion, I chose to build some.
I wanted to place them on the two smaller double windows on the front of my house, so I needed to build two sets of shutters.

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

The design I chose to build was pretty simple and here are the tools and supplies used to make this project.

Tools

Supplies

  • 24 – 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 16 – 1 1/2″ Exterior Wood Screws
  • 8 – 2″ masonry screws (if drilling into the brick) Use stainless screws for other surfaces.
  • Paint or stain
  • Safety Gear (glasses, ear protection)
  • Masonry Bit (if drilling into the brick)

Board and Cut List (four shutters)

  • 7 – Pressure Treated 1x4x96 Boards

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

Pocket Hole Placement

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

First things first, cut all of your boards and drill the pocket holes according to the diagram above.

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

Place three of the 1×4 boards side by side, and secure with pocket hole screws.

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

I made four of these in total. Two for each double window on my house.

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

To add some detail to the shutters, I added boards across the body. I cut 10.5″ sections of the 1×4’s and attached one, 6″ from the top and bottom of the shutter. I used 1 1/4″wood screws for this. You could also have a look into these coach screws which work just as well if you’re unable to get the screws shown in this article, check out – https://tradefixdirect.com/coach-screws.

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

To get the shutters lined up right when I went to hang them, I drilled pilot holes in the top and bottom. I used these holes to mark the brick before drilling.

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home. Now for the fun part, time to make them beautiful. I once had grand plans of painting my front door black but decided not to. I already had some Modern Masters front door paint on hand that would work great for this project. I’m not sure how good this paint is in a fully exposed exterior project, but I have a rather large overhang on the front of my house, so I figured it would be okay.

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

I gave each shutter three coats of paint in total. Below is a picture of how the progression looked.

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

I held the shutters up in the position I wanted next to the windows and used a drill bit through the pilot holes to mark the brick. Since I was drilling into brick, I couldn’t use my regular cordless drill. I needed something with a little more power behind it. I purchased a hammer drill for this project. If you are drilling into vinyl or wood siding, you don’t need a hammer drill. Your regular power drill should work just fine.

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

When all the holes were drilled, I lined up the shutters using the pilot holes and screwed them in with 2″ Masonry Screws. These are specially designed to hold better when attaching things to any kind of brick or stone. I used a paintbrush to add some black paint to the screw heads. The screws I used were blue, so they really stood out.

These shutters are so easy to build and can be customized to whatever size your windows are. You could also use this same design to make interior shutters for your home with non-pressure treated lumber, of course. Here are some after shots for you guys.

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

Did you check out those window boxes in the corner!?! That’s the next project I will be posting very soon! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on making these simple DIY shutters.

Talk to you all real soon!!

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Give the exterior of your home an upgrade with these simple DIY shutters. They take very little time to make and will add curb appeal to your home.

Here are a few more projects I did on the outside of the house.

DIY Landscaping – Reusing Old Plants for a New Look

How to Paint a Brick Home

 

 

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