I told y’all that we’d finally finished the outside of our house since building a new addition. Two of the last things for us to do were build and place new shutters and paint our front door red. I just love a red front door! Anyway, I was pretty amazed at how quickly Mr. Ber was able to complete these shutters. Seriously, they were built, stained, and put up in a day before we took a trip. Today we’re going to talk about how you can give your house a quick, inexpensive face lift when you want to add a little character but may be short on cash.

Now, let me tell you, Mr. Ber was not in the documenting mindset at the time and I was busy packing for the family for our weekend away, so we’re limited on pictures. I will, however, link you to the items that we purchased to build these beauties.

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Next year I’m hoping for new windows and screens. One thing at a time, I suppose.

Materials:

  • 1x6x6 – Pressure treated pine fence picket $1.25/picket – had on hand (buy here)
  • 1x2x8 – Cedar board $4.75/board -this should go a long way, though! (buy here)
  • Olympic Elite Mountain Cedar stain $17.00 (buy here)
  • wood screws – had on hand

We had extra fence pickets left over from the time we built the addition. We cut the ends off and used the wood to create an awesome ceiling in the new bathroom.

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For the shutters we measured the height by measuring the old shutter and the window then built one shutter the width of three boards and held it up to see if we liked the look. We’re super precise aren’t we? The three boards are secured in place by a battens. I encourage you to look through several board and batten styles before deciding. We liked the simplicity of this particular look and really wanted to be done with this project!

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This is what Pinterest was made for! Look at all those beauties!

But those don’t look like cedar shutters! They’re pine! We tested the stain on the back of the wood to see what color effect we wanted. Sometimes one coat won’t do and sometimes you just slop that stuff on. I’m a big fan of Olympic stains. We finished the addition about a year ago and this stain has held up through ice, snow, torrential rains, sun, etc. In the above picture you can see that we used the same color on our addition and are carrying it over with the shutters and columns on our front porch.

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Mr. Ber slopping that stain on.

After giving the stain time to dry we simply placed the shutters next to the windows and screwed them into place. This process will differ depending on your exterior. In these places we have vinyl siding over old wood siding so we used wood screws long enough to secure the shutters in place.

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See how desperately we need landscaping? Anyone have a green thumb and want to offer suggestions?

Our exterior isn’t exactly what I dream of in a home, but it’s what we were dealt when we purchased the home. Part of the fun in taking on these projects is finding your style and taking the time to figure out how to incorporate that into what you already have. We painted brick, replaced columns, purchased a new storm door, painted the front door, and added these shutters to really spruce up our exterior. It’s important to remember that these things don’t have to be done all at once either. It’s perfectly okay to tackle one project at a time or as the money allows.

As always, have fun! I can’t wait to see your projects.

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