Create DIY Shutters in 5 Simple Steps

DIY shutters can add amazing curb appeal without costing you a fortune or a weekend of demanding work. In-fact you can make and hang these shutters in 5 easy-to-do steps. Even if you don’t need shutters for the outside of your house it has also become popular to use them indoors to flank windows or even to use around mirrors or picture frames.

DIY Shutters Finished

The best part? You can make these DIY shutters with almost no cost. Check out how:

 

Items Needed:

Wood Slats or Planks (can use free wood pallets too)

Nails

Saw

Tape measure

Paint

Sandpaper




 

Instructions

1.) Using wood slats cut them into the desired length and width of your choosing. Ideally you should want them long enough to cover your window (assuming you intend to make them usable instead of mere displays). Measure your windows ahead of time to get rough idea.

2.) Next layout your newly cut planks and use a piece of scrap wood from your earlier cuts to set spaces between each plank. Note, this is technically optional and you could just as easily let each plank rest flush next to each other.

Attaching DIY Shutters

3.) Once your planks are laid out nail two boards across to attach all the planks all together. Don’t forget to hammer down any nails sticking out the backside.

Sanding DIY Shutters

4.) Sand the newly made shutters and give them a few coats of paint.

brackets for DIY Shutters

5.) Attach them to the location of your choosing and your set. Some surfaces may require special screws or nails to attach your shutters, so check ahead to be certain. You can also use brackets and hinges but be sure to investigate before you do that.

And there you have it! DIY shutters in just a few simple steps!




 

Final Word: Create DIY Shutters in 5 Simple Steps

See that? Making DIY shutters is a piece of cake! After a few saw cuts and some hammering you’re set. You could also use this DIY opportunity to use reclaimed wood from free pallets. Most pallets use wood planks that are comparable to the size and shape you would need for this design. Better yet many are pressure treated to hold up to the rough weather conditions. Plus, why waste the money?

Don’t forget that you can also save more money by using discounted paint found in the “opened can” section of hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowes. The down side is that you may be at the mercy of what colors they have available. That’s exactly how I got stuck with a gallon of neon pink paint that still takes up garage space. At the very least there is no harm in checking.

 

 

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