One way to easily dress up the outside looks of your home is to add some good-looking window shutters. No… I’m not talking about going to Home Depot and buying them off the shelf or having to pay a contractor to build them for you. I’m speaking of building your own wood shutters. Too difficult you say? Think again because it really is not difficult at all. In fact, it’s a fun little job.
I started by getting the measurements for the windows I wanted to build shutters for. The shutters run the full length of the window, so getting these measurements is a snap. Next, I got a few 1×4’s and 1×2’s together to build the shutters with. You might have enough wood on hand, or you can buy them for cheap at the lumber yard.
Once I measured the lengths I made my cuts. Pretty easy stuff at this point. I made the slats look a bit nicer by cutting some small angles at the top and bottom of each board. Adds a nicer touch I think. I then laid out 3 slats per shutter and used a couple of scrap pieces of board as spacers between each slat. Then it’s easy to measure the distance for the 1×2’s that I’m using as cross boards.
After cutting the pieces you can either paint them before assembly or wait until you’ve put them together. I assembled them first because our shutters are sitting underneath our front porch, so they won’t get wet from the rain. If yours will be exposed to the rain and snow, I’d paint the boards first in order to better protect them against moisture damage.
Wooden ShuttersNext, I set the boards up on the workbench and screwed them all together. A framing square helps to keep everything square before screwing them together.
Now that the shutters are put together, it’s time to install them next to your windows. For this stage I simply measured out an inch from the window edge and marked it with a pencil at the top and bottom. There’s no set right or wrong way for where you want them to sit next to the window. You may not want any spacing between the window the shutter, or you might want 2 or 3 inches. It’s up to you at this point.
After deciding where you want them mounted, you only need to place the shutter against the house and line up the markings. Use some 2-3 inch wood screws to attach the shutters to the house.
Finally, step away and take a look at the final product. Congratulate yourself for doing a great job and admire your new-found curb appeal. Even better is the fact that the cost for all the materials is less than $20. Free if you have some extra wood and paint around your house.
There is no doubt that this is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give the outside of your home a great new look without having to spend a lot of money at the same time.